.NET MAUI Desktop Getting Started Mobile Visual Studio Xamarin

.NET MAUI – What’s New in Preview 8

In the previous article, we’ve seen how to install/update the prerequisites that are necessary to work with .NET MAUI Preview 8 application.

In this article, we’re going to see the changes that got newly introduced as part of this preview and what’s changed from the earlier ones.

The most important thing is now WinUI artifacts, targeting the Windows platform, are now part of the Single project, the original design goal of .NET MAUI. Yes, one single project for all 4 presently supported target platforms. WinUI works on top of WindowsAppSDK, rebranded from Project Reunion, 1.0 (experimental) version.

.NET MAUI Desktop Getting Started Mobile Visual Studio Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Steps to Update to Preview 8

First things first, .NET 6 RC1 and .NET MAUI Preview 8 got released this week but the big breaking news is that .NET MAUI will be ready for Production use (General Availability) only by early Q2 of 2022 (next year) and NOT as originally planned with .NET 6 GA by Nov 2021.

This is definitely sad news for all those Xamarin/.NET MAUI developers who wanted to leverage this brand-new architecture. Hopefully by that time, if additional targets such as Linux/Wasm gets onboard, it would be worth waiting.

.NET MAUI Extensions Templates Visual Studio Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Templates for Visual Studio 2022

With .NET 6 Preview 6 released on Jul 14, 2021, and now Preview 7 released on Aug 10, 2021, .NET MAUI progressed a lot with Workloads, Gestures, Clipping, Alerts, New Layouts, and mainly first-class support for Visual Studio 2022 (with Preview 3.x). But, there is a catch in here. NO item templates for Visual Studio for now :-(.

Thankfully, VS extensions will always be there as a rescue in this sort of situation, and this time too. Have published an extension to the VS marketplace, for VS2022 users, that hosts the MAUI templates.

Update: Users on VS2019 don’t need to feel left out in this, I got you covered with another extension that hosts the Item templates for ContentPage and ContentView, in both XAML and C#, find it in the VS Marketplace – .NET MAUI Project and Item Templates.

.NET MAUI VS Code Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Develop with Comet in Visual Studio Code

This article is kind of an update to the previous one to describe the use of Comet for .NET Mobile by James Clancey to debug the .NET MAUI project and it’s available as an extension to VS Code.

This cute little extension automates the build and debug into a simple action rather than manually configuring it as described in the previous post.

To get started, launch VS Code, open Extensions (Shortcut: Ctrl+Shift+X), look for the Comet for .NET Mobile, and get it installed.

.NET MAUI Desktop Mobile VS Code Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Develop with Visual Studio Code

Update: Completed sample of this article is now available in GitHub, can be accessed from .NET MAUI Samples

In the previous post, described how we can set up a Dev environment for playing with .NET MAUI and steps to create a new project from the template provided and then went on to build and run using .NET CLI.

And in this post, am going to detail how we can achieve build, run, attach the debugger and add breakpoints within Visual Studio Code. Will continue with the same TestApp project that we created earlier.

.NET MAUI Desktop Getting Started Mobile Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Project Template

You might wonder whether you’ve read the title of this post correctly, yes, of course, .NET MAUI project template is now available from the .NET CLI toolset and VS IDE.

Both VS2019 and VS2022 for Windows are now provisioned with project templates for both Maui as well as Maui Blazor app models. Use VS2019 16.11 Preview 4.0 or VS2022 Preview 3.0 or later version to build the project.

And, users on macOS can continue to use VS Code for time being as Microsoft is doing a complete revamp of Visual Studio for Mac. Develop MAUI app in VS Code with Comet for .NET Mobile extension. For further details, read this article.

Have published a VS extension to install the item templates that target .NET 6 Preview 7. To know more about it, take a look at this .NET MAUI – Templates for Visual Studio article.