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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
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Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

Understanding what WinUI offers developers

In Chapter 1, Introduction to WinUI, you learned some background information about the origins of WinUI and UWP. That chapter also covered some of the controls available in the various releases of WinUI. Now, it’s time to explore a few of these in more detail. Let’s start by looking at a list of controls available to developers in WinUI 3:

Figure 5.1 – List of WinUI 3 controls

Figure 5.1 – List of WinUI 3 controls

This is quite an extensive list of controls available to developers in the Windows App SDK.

Tip

For an up-to-date list of the available controls, you can check this page on Microsoft Learn: https://learn.microsoft.com/windows/apps/design/controls/#alphabetical-index.

If you have developed Windows applications before, most of these control names probably look familiar to you. In the sections ahead, we’ll get an overview of some controls that you may not have seen before.

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