Friday, April 16, 2021

Announcing Learn WinUI 3.0 from Packt Publishing and a Contest

I'm thrilled to announce that my new book from Packt Publishing, Learn WinUI 3.0, was published in late March. You can buy your eBook or print copy today from Amazon or Packt's web site.

Windows UI (WinUI) 3 is Microsoft's next generation library for creating Windows applications with Fluent Design. WinUI 3 was released in March with Project Reunion 0.5 and is fully supported for building Win32 applications. Learn more about WinUI and Project Reunion on Microsoft Docs here.

I would like to thank Nick Randolph, who was the technical reviewer for the book. His feedback on the book's chapters and sample code were instrumental in delivering a great resource for Windows developers. I was lucky to have him involved in this project. If you aren't already following Nick's blog, go check it out now. He has been posting some great WinUI, Reunion, and Uno Platform content in recent weeks.

If you would like to win a print copy of Learn WinUI 3.0, read on. I am going to give away four copies of the book to readers of four of my blogs:

Leave a comment on this post on any of these blogs with the name of your favorite Windows or .NET development blogger. I will pick a random comment from each blog to select the four book winners. You can comment on each blog if you like, but please only comment once on each post. Comment moderation is enabled on all the blogs, so it could take a little time for your comment to appear. Make sure you sign up with a valid email address when leaving a comment. The contest closes at 11:59PM EDT on May 14th, 2021. I will ship books to winners worldwide. Please allow some time to receive the book if you are outside of the U.S.

Good luck and I hope you all enjoy my book! If you already have a copy, win one, or buy one, please leave honest ratings and reviews on Amazon. Thanks!

Monday, February 10, 2020

I am Writing a Book - Learn WinUI 3.0

Hello UWP developers!

I wanted to provide an update on this UWP Tips blog. Most of my focus this year is going to be on my new WinUI side project. I am writing a book for Packt Publishing titled Learn WinUI 3.0. The book is due out this fall. That will hopefully coincide with a final or near-final release of WinUI 3.0.

As I am working on the book, I plan to blog about my experience with WinUI 3.0 through its preview and beta stages this year. If you would like to follow along, I encourage you to follow my WinUI Tips blog. I will occasionally cross-post or create summary blog posts here to catch up with my UWP Tips followers. Your best bet to stay informed is to subscribe to both blogs (and WPF Tips, while you're at it).

If you have any suggestions for the book or things you would like to learn more about, don't hesitate to drop me a line on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Thanks for reading!


Sunday, January 19, 2020

Mastering Xamarin.Forms Book Review on Morning Dew

Heads-up UWP app developers! I'm sure you're aware that you can build cross-platform apps with Xamarin.Forms, targeting UWP in addition to iOS and Android. I think that anyone familiar with building UWP apps for Windows will get a lot of great information from Ed Snider's new 3rd Edtion of Mastering Xamarin.Forms from Packt Publishing

Go check out my full review of the book on my Morning Dew blog.

Happy Coding!

Saturday, November 30, 2019

.NET Core Book Review on Morning Dew

Hello UWP developers!

I just published a book review on my Morning Dew blog that may be of interest to my readers here. C# 8.0 and .NET Core 3.0 - Modern Cross-Platform Development is a new title by Mark Price from Packt Publishing. While it covers a broad range of .NET Core topics, there are chapters on both Xamarin and Windows Desktop application development.

Go check it out here!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Quick Tip - Hot Fix Update for Windows Template Studio Now Available

Hello, fellow Windows devs. I will be back with some fresh UWP developer tips soon! In the meantime, here is a quick tip if you use Windows Template Studio and have the Visual Studio 2019 Preview installed on your machine.

Last week, Windows Template Studio version 3.4.19254.01 was released to address two issues specific to the VS2019 Preview.

  • Issue #3295 - Relates to adding an MVVM Light app to a Windows Template Studio project.
  • Issue #3309 - An error occurs when generating a project with the default selections.

There are no workarounds listed for either issue. Although both are specific to VS2019 Preview and seem to be limited in the scope of their problems, I like to patch my dev software as fixes become available. You can install this update whether you're running WTS with VS2017 or VS2019 Release/Preview.

You can either get the VSIX for the release here or if you have Windows Template Studio installed, open the Visual Studio Extensions dialog and check for updates. The source code for the release is also available for download if you want to have a peek under the hood.

Happy coding!