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All-in-One .NET MAUI App Project Template

Yes, you read the title right. One single template to rule the possible design pattern options. To celebrate the 20th Birthday of .NET in style, happy to announce the release of a unified .NET MAUI App project template (with short name mauiapp) published as both VS extension & CLI template package so as to benefit the users on both Windows and macOS. And this is also accessible from within Visual Studio IDE.

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.NET MAUI Blazor Deep Dive Desktop Mobile Web Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Blazor – Interop

This is Part 2 in the multi-part series of .NET MAUI – Blazor articles.

In Part 1, we’ve seen an introduction on how to make use of BlazorWebView in the .NET MAUI app.

Part 3 of this series is on the streamlined process of registering the dependencies for BlazorWebView from .NET MAUI RC1 release.

Since it is implemented as a View, it’s possible to share data between .NET MAUI and Blazor and that’s the takeaway of this article. Along with that, the core logic is now abstracted as Razor Class Library (RCL), Dependency Injection, and Component routing for Navigation.

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.NET MAUI Blazor Desktop Getting Started Mobile Web Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Blazor – Getting Started

This is Part 1 in the multi-part series of .NET MAUI – Blazor articles.

Part 2 on abstracting core logic as Razor Class Library (RCL), Component Navigation, and Sharing AppState between .NET MAUI and Blazor is now published. Click here to read the article.

Part 3 of this series on the streamlined process of registering the dependencies for BlazorWebView from .NET MAUI RC1 release is now published. Click here to read the article.

.NET MAUI, Multi-platform App UI, a framework to develop high-performant, cross-platform, native mobile and desktop applications for Android, iOS, macOS (via Mac Catalyst), and Windows from a single codebase.

And Blazor, a framework for full-stack web development with C# and Razor.

When these two modern technologies come together, then it’s certainly a delight for the .NET developers as it paves the way to leverage the skills they’re already familiar with.

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.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.

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.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.

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.NET MAUI Desktop Mobile Xamarin

.NET MAUI – Manage App Resources

Resource management is one of the key aspects of app development, be it mobile or desktop. The developer has to deal with a variety of resources ranging from images, fonts, splash screen, styles, and raw assets like HTML, PDF, or could be even simple text files.

That too when it comes to cross-platform development, each platform has its own way of managing resources and it’s a daunting task for the development team to know and manage all those things. For example, image requirements in multiple sizes to support devices with various resolutions for a rich experience. Fortunately, icon fonts solve a part of this problem by auto-scaling. But still, font is managed differently in each of the platforms.

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.NET MAUI Developer Windows 11 Xamarin

Windows 11 Update

If you work on Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.Forms or .NET MAUI, then think before you upgrade to Windows 11 on that machine. The reason being Android Emulator fails to start and seems many of them have already reported this issue via Windows Feedback and on other channels. I’m yet to find a solution to this issue. I updated to Windows 11 21H2 OS build 22000.100. And it’s currently running OS build 22000.194 (same as RTM version). The only possibility, for now, is to make use of a physical device. Thanks to Wi-Fi debugging.

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.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 :-(.

Update: This extension is now updated to support .NET MAUI Preview 10 with VS2022 Preview (17.1.0 Preview 1.0) IDE and .NET MAUI (Preview) Mobile Development workload installed. This can be downloaded and installed from the same link mentioned in this article.

Update: A more advanced all-in-one .NET MAUI App project template is now available to install. Check out this article for more details.

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.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.

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.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.