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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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Book Image

Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

5 (1)
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)
Free Chapter
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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

Installing Visual Studio and Windows desktop development workloads

The first step to follow when starting with WinUI development is to install Microsoft’s Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). You can download the current version of Visual Studio 2022 from https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/downloads/. Visual Studio 2022 Community Edition is free for personal use and has all the features you will need to build WinUI applications.

Tip

If you want to try new Visual Studio features before they are released, you can install the latest Visual Studio Preview version from https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/preview/. The Preview version is not recommended for the development of production applications as some features are unstable.

During installation, you can select workloads for any type of application that you want to create. For WinUI development, you must start by selecting the .NET desktop development workload. An overview of the Workloads section...