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Learn WinUI 3 - Second Edition

By : Alvin Ashcraft
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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)
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
13
Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

Using DI with ViewModel classes

Most of the popular MVVM frameworks today include a DI container to manage dependencies. Because .NET now includes its own DI container, we will use that one. The .NET team has incorporated the DI container that used to be bundled with ASP.NET Core. It’s both lightweight and easy to use. Luckily, this container is now available to all types of .NET projects via a NuGet package:

  1. Open the project from the previous chapter or use the project in the Start folder in the GitHub repository for this chapter. In the MyMediaCollection project, open NuGet Package Manager and search for Microsoft.Extensions.Hosting:
Figure 4.1 – Microsoft’s DI NuGet package

Figure 4.1 – Microsoft’s DI NuGet package

  1. Select the package and install the latest stable version. After the installation completes, close the NuGet Package Manager tab and open App.xaml.cs. We will make a few changes here to start using the DI container.

    The DI container implements...