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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
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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

Managing application state with app lifecycle events

Before working with data in any application, it is important to understand the application lifecycle for the target application platform. We have touched on these concepts briefly, but now, it’s time to take a deeper dive into the Windows application lifecycle for WinUI on Desktop applications.

Exploring Windows application lifecycle events

WinUI on desktop applications has a slightly different set of lifecycle events than other desktop .NET applications. WPF and Windows Forms (WinForms) applications are either running or they’re not. There are several events that occur while launching and shutting down WPF and WinForms applications:

Figure 6.1 – WPF and WinForms application lifecycle events

Figure 6.1 – WPF and WinForms application lifecycle events

Note

We won’t go into the details here, as our primary focus is building WinUI 3 applications. However, for the two WPF events that fall outside of the launch and close, their...