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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)
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

Adding some new controls to the project

In this section, we are going to use two controls that are only available to Windows applications with WinUI. We are going to change the Save button to SplitButton to allow users to save and return to a list of items, or save and continue adding another item to the item details page. Then, we will add a TeachingTip control to inform users of the new saving capabilities. To follow along with these steps, you can use the starter project on GitHub ( Let’s start by updating the Save button.

Using the SplitButton control

Follow these steps:

  1. First, in ItemDetailsViewModel, add a new SaveItemAndContinue method to be bound to the Click event of our new SplitButton control:
    public void SaveItemAndContinue()
        _itemId = 0;
        ItemName = string.Empty;