DotNetConf 2022 – Three days of .NET Everything – .NET 7, Uno Platform and more

Every year we look forward to November, which means .NET Conf is around the corner, a chance for the .NET community and contributors to get together and share knowledge, learning, tips, and some good times. This year is no different as we look ahead to the largest virtual .NET conference. Join the .NET community on November 8th-10th at .NET 7 has in store, the newest developments across the .NET platform, including open source and dev tools, and fantastic live sessions, including one from our very own CTO Jerome Laban. As for .NET 7 support, you can expect us to ship in lockstep with .NET 7. .NET Conf 2022 – Decoder Challenge MessageBox.Show(string.Format(“Congratulations! You’ve uncovered the secret decoder challenge letter – “S” /> ” Now you need to move on to the next clue provided by other sponsors until you get them all. Once you have all the letters and you, decode the word or phrase, head to DotNetConf’t secret decoder challenge and complete the form with your answers. You will be entered to win one of 9 awesome prizes provided by all the sponsors.  .NET Conf Challenge Prizes .NET Conf is the time to celebrate .NET Community. Like in previous years,

Skottie Now Available for SkiaSharp

Uno Platform contributed support for the Skottie component in SkiaSharp (a .NET binding for Skia). This addition now allows for any application using SkiaSharp to render Lottie animations and provide engaging user experiences on all the platforms already supported by Uno Platform. This new SkiaSharp preview update also provides support for Uno Platform WinUI targets as well as .NET 6 for Mobile https://youtu.be/UxuHbYlb1iw What is Skottie Skottie is a Lottie Animation Player. It is a performant native player for JSON animations. It can be used on any platform where Skia is used, including Android, iOS, Linux, and WebAssembly. Skottie builds upon the Lottie player widely used for animations, improving on the performance, feature set, and platform cohesiveness.  Some samples of rendering with Skia’s animation player, courtesy of the lottiefiles.com community  About Uno Platform For those new to Uno Platform – it allows for the creation of pixel-perfect, single-source C# and XAML apps that run natively on Windows, iOS, Android, macOS, Linux, and Web via WebAssembly. Uno Platform is free and Open Source (Apache 2.0) and available on GitHub. In addition to multi-platform support, Uno Platform provides Figma integration to those who want to get XAML generated right from designs. Give it

Uno Platform 4.1 Update for .NET 6 Mobile Preview 14

The .NET team has been steadily releasing a set of updates to the .NET 6 Mobile previews. Last week’s update was Preview 14, which came at just about the same time as Uno Platform 4.1 release. Following .NET 6 mobile Preview 14, we’re publishing the Uno Platform 4.1.9 service update.  This update includes a new set of binary breaking changes added in .NET 6 Mobile Preview 14, which requires the use of Visual Studio 17.2 Preview 2. If you update to Visual Studio 17.2 Preview 2, you will need to be on Uno Platform 4.1.9 or later.  To use this new preview in Uno Platform projects, you’ll need a few steps:  Update to the latest uno-check preview dotnet tool update -g uno.check –version 1.2.0-dev.10 and then run uno-check –pre Update your NuGet packages to Uno.UI.* 4.1.9 or create a new project from the templates If you’re building on a mac, either directly or through VS for Windows, you’ll need to run uno-check on the mac as well. Make sure that your Visual Studio 2022 Uno Platform extensions are updated to 4.1.9 (it should be automatically updated) Note that if you intend to build for iOS, Xcode 13.3 is required and that this version

Intro to Figma for .NET Developers

Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on reddit The ability to collaborate seamlessly between designers and developers can make a significant impact on the quality and speed of delivering software products. For .NET developers, integrating Figma into their development process can be a game-changer, especially when working with cross-platform applications. This article will provide an overview of Figma and its features and how .NET developers can leverage it with Uno Platform to streamline their design-to-development workflows. We will cover the basics of getting started with Uno Figma, and demonstrate how to export designs into XAML code using the Uno Platform plugin. By the end of this article, you will understand how to integrate Figma into your .NET development workflow and enhance your team’s collaboration and productivity. Now for those unfamiliar with Figma, it is a free, collaborative interface design tool that has rapidly become the go-to choice for designers. That’s why we chose to integrate a Figma plugin that helps make the designer-developer handoff process smooth and seamless by allowing developers to easily access the complete design files. In the Microsoft ecosystem, we have been using the likes of Expression Blend, Adobe XD, Sketch, and InVision. But Figma has

Uno Platform 4.1 – 30% Perf Boost, Android 12, .NET 6 Mobile Preview 13 and more

It has been just over 3 months since our 4.0 release, and we’ve used that time to focus on performance as well as bringing the latest .NET 6 innovation to Uno Platform. By simply updating your application to the newest bits you will notice a significant boost to your app performance. This release packs over 200 new feature requests, bugs, and issues you raised. We welcomed a few great contributions from our community, which is now over 210 contributors strong! Thanks for all you bring to Uno Platform. Let’s unpack the 4.1 release. Performance updates For this release, we’ve made numerous changes to a wide range of parts from the Uno Platform, such as Style resolution, layout and measure pass performance, memory consumption and allocations which result in up to 30% performance improvements in some scenarios. Measure Dirty Path The measure pass (MeasureOverride and InvalidateMeasure) is an important contributor to the computations performed to layout the UI, and any optimization performed in this area can significantly improve the time to show the first UI or improve binding update. We’ve changed the way MeasureOverride is invoked when InvalidateMeasure is called, where previously all ancestors of a control would be re-executing MeasureOverride,

SQLite .NET, OneDrive & Uno Platform (Part 1)

  References, Tools, Frameworks & Operating System used. Items Links Windows 10 or 11 Download Windows 10 (microsoft.com) Visual Studio 2019 or 2022 Visual Studio: IDE and Code Editor for Software Developers and Teams (microsoft.com) Visual Studio Code Visual Studio: IDE and Code Editor for Software Developers and Teams (microsoft.com) Uno Platform Project Template Uno Platform Solution Templates – Visual Studio Marketplace SQLite .NET NuGet Package NuGet Gallery | SQLiteNetExtensions 2.1.0 Bogus .NET NuGet Package NuGet Gallery | Bogus 33.1.1 SQLite Explorer extension for Visual Studio Code SQLite – Visual Studio Marketplace Data persistence is a critical part of any software system (except when you’re trying not to be found 😉). it’s storage locations and types are of critical importance primarily because these factors into the speed of accessing transforming and visualizing of data. In the space of mobile and desktop applications, local store data is of prime importance because this delivers the feature of data persistence however, a problem arises when you want to share your data across several devices think accessing the number of due invoices from your phone when the data is stored on your laptop. This gives rise to a need for portability and syncing of

Uno Platform 3.11: Support for .NET 6 RTM, VS 2022 17.1 Preview 1

It was a busy week with 3 full days of .NET Conf – the exciting launch of .NET 6 and Visual Studio 2022. The scalability, reliability, and performance of Visual Studio 2022 have all been significantly improved. On our side the first tests of Uno Platform on .NET 6 RTM are showing great performance improvements on Visual Studio 2022 across several fronts, including Android and WebAssembly. More on this at our UnoConf…. Uno Platform 3.11 release ships 160+ features and bug fixes and adds support for  .NET 6 RTM with all related improvements.   As Microsoft had announced the delay for .NET 6 support for Android and iOS, we’ve re-introduced Xamarin-based templates for Visual Studio 2022. Additionally, the support for preview .NET 6 Android and iOS has now been moved to 17.1 Preview 1. In Visual Studio 2022, you’ll find now two templates: One named Multi-Platform App (UnoPlatform|xamarin), which uses the existing stable Xamarin “Classic”. It is the same as found when using Visual Studio 2019. One named Multi-Platform App (UnoPlatform|net6), which uses the .NET 6 preview support for iOS, Android, macOS and Catalyst and requires Visual Studio 17.1 preview 1. To use this new release, you can setup your

.NET 6 New Project Templates and Minimal APIs. Are you ready?

.NET 6 marks the completion of Microsoft’s plan to unify the different .NET implementations. The unification of .NET is not simply merging code from different sources into one API. There are quite some enhancements and new features that were added to the runtime and language. You’ve got: Improved Performance Hot Reload System.Linq enhancements Minimal Web API New features in C# 10 The goal for .NET unification is to simplify the choices and learning curve for new developers, and at the same time make it easier for experienced developers. That’s why the minimal APIs for hosting and routing in web applications, and new project templates were introduced. Simplified Start-Up Code and Minimal API The .NET SDK project templates were updated to use modern C# language features and patterns such as: Top-level statements async Main Global and implicit using directives File-scoped namespaces Target-typed new expressions Nullable reference types What does this mean? When you run the command dotnet new console to create a new Console project, this is what you get. csharp Console.WriteLine(“Hello, World!”); You can add more code to Program.cs, just like you can add more statements to the Main method in the old template. You can even add functions, which will be

.NET Conf 2021, .NET 6, Uno Platform. Prizes Available!

Join Uno Platform and the .NET community at this year’s .NET Conference. Hear all about the launch of .NET 6, take part in live sessions including one from our team, and plenty of chances to win awesome prizes. .NET Conf is a free, three-day, virtual developer event happening November 9th-11th, save the date and come celebrate the major release of the .NET development platform. In addition to exciting news about what you can do with .NET 6, you’ll have a chance at amazing prize giveaways by Uno Platform and other event sponsors. As for .NET 6 support, you can expect us to ship in lock step with .NET 6, like we did with .NET 6 RC versions. For the .NET Conf annual challenge we will be gifting out a pair of Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II Wireless Bluetooth Headphones. And for our grand prize we are giving out a DJI Mini 2 – The adult version of the RC helicopter you always wanted as kid. Keep reading to get a sneak peak into the challenge, live sessions and how you can make the most of your experience at .NET Conf.   Uno Platform Session at .NET Conf: OSS NuGet Package