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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

Incorporating Fluent Design in WinUI applications

It is time to incorporate a few of the Fluent Design principles into the My Media Collection application and polish the UI a little. Most of the WinUI controls are already designed to meet Fluent standards, but there were a few properties we modified without understanding Fluent Design.

Updating the title bar

Before we even get into the XAML to improve the styles, let’s fix the application’s title bar. Until now, the title bar always read MyMediaCollection without any spaces or indication of the current page:

  1. First, to fix the spacing when the app is packaged and distributed, open Package.appmanifest from the Solution Explorer window. On the page that opens, update Display name to My Media Collection. If you like, you can also change Description.
Figure 7.2 – Updating information in Package.appmanifest

Figure 7.2 – Updating information in Package.appmanifest

Updating Display name will not change the application’s...