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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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Book Image

Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

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By: Alvin Ashcraft

Overview of this book

WinUI 3 takes a whole new approach to delivering Windows UI components and controls and has the ability to deliver the same features across multiple versions of Windows. Learn WinUI 3 is a comprehensive introduction to WinUI and Windows apps for anyone who is new to WinUI and XAML applications. This updated second edition begins by helping you get to grips with the latest features in WinUI and shows you how XAML is used in UI development. The next set of chapters will help you set up a new Visual Studio environment, develop a new desktop project, incorporate the Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM) pattern in a WinUI project, and develop unit tests for ViewModel commands. Next, you’ll cover the basics of data access from WinUI projects with a step-by-step approach. As you advance, you’ll discover how to leverage the Fluent Design System to design beautiful WinUI applications. You’ll also explore the contents and capabilities of the Windows Community Toolkit and learn how to create cross-platform apps with markup and code from your project using Uno Platform. The concluding chapters will teach you how to build, debug, and deploy apps to the Microsoft Store. By the end of this book, you’ll have learned how to build WinUI applications from scratch and how to modernize existing desktop apps using WinUI 3 and the Windows App SDK.
Table of Contents (20 chapters)
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Part 1:Introduction to WinUI and Windows Applications
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Part 2:Extending WinUI and Modernizing Applications
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Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

What’s new in WinUI 3?

Unlike WinUI 2.0 and the incremental versions that followed, WinUI 3 is a major update featuring more than new and improved controls and libraries to use with Windows desktop apps. In fact, the primary goal of WinUI 3 was not to add new controls and features beyond its current UWP counterparts. The Windows App SDK team has made WinUI a complete UI framework that can sit atop the Windows desktop .NET platform.

Goodbye UWP?

So, what is happening to UWP? Will our UWP apps stop working?

As previously mentioned, the plan for the UWP UI libraries is to keep providing important security updates, but they will not receive any new features going forward. It is likely that WinUI 2.8 will be the final 2.x version. All new features and updates will be developed for WinUI and the Windows App SDK. New applications will be developed in WinUI with either .NET, written in C# or VB, or with native C++. These clients will sit on top of the Win32 platform. This is...