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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
Part 1:Introduction to WinUI and Windows Applications
Part 2:Extending WinUI and Modernizing Applications
Part 3:Build and Deploy on Windows and Beyond

Exploring the WinUI 3 Gallery app for Windows

Because there are so many powerful and configurable WinUI controls available, the WinUI team at Microsoft decided to create an application that allows Windows developers to explore and even try the controls. WinUI 3 Gallery is a great tool to get familiar with the controls, decide which ones are a good fit for your application, and get some sample code and design guidance.


There is also a WinUI 2 Gallery app for UWP developers. The two apps used to be a single app called XAML Controls Gallery.

To install the WinUI 3 Gallery app, you can visit its Microsoft Store page on the web ( or launch the Microsoft Store app for Windows and search for WinUI 3 Gallery. The Gallery app itself is open source. You can browse the code to learn more about it on GitHub:

Once it’s been installed, launch the application: