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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

Acrylic material and the Fluent Design System

Acrylic is a WinUI brush that, when applied in your apps, provides a translucent texture. The texture works in both light and dark themes in Windows, and it is a great way to give users the feeling of depth when using your applications. The AcrylicBrush class is part of the Microsoft.UI.Xaml.Media namespace in the Windows App SDK, where Brush, SolidColorBrush, and GradientBrush are also found.

Note

The Acrylic material is also available to UWP applications that use WinUI 2.8.x.

If you want to explore the AcrylicBrush before deciding to use it in your own projects, you can try it in the WinUI 3 Gallery app:

Figure 7.12 – Exploring AcrylicBrush in the WinUI 3 Gallery

Figure 7.12 – Exploring AcrylicBrush in the WinUI 3 Gallery

On the gallery page, you can see the default styles of AcrylicBrush and how they’ll appear in the Windows light and dark themes. Additionally, the gallery page provides controls to adjust the opacity and tint of the brush....