The Windows Community Toolkit is a practical piece of software. It's a collection of helpers, extensions, and custom controls with an easy-to-use interface and unique features. As such, the toolkit allows users to create, customize, and share apps they've built on Windows.
All of these programs are hosted on GitHub and have open source code that allows anyone to see how it's going and customize it in every way to their needs. The users have a free hand as to what they can use the platform for; whether it's creating PC game modules or adding special effects, this program does it all.
But before we dive into it any further, let's take a look at what's new and improved:
Windows has released the latest version of its community toolkit. the Windows Community Toolkit V7.1. It is somewhat similar to the previous V7.0; However, it includes a host of new enhancements and features to make your work faster, from the newly improved Microsoft Graph to a new RichSuggestBox control. The new Windows Toolkit v7.1 is packed with exciting new features.
With the aim of working with programmers and helping build a better IDE, Microsoft has introduced a number of new updates that give developers and programmers alike access to more tools and APIs for building better apps.
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This software enables the community to create, design, and launch their own apps to perform custom tasks more smoothly. But it's by far the greatest advantage Microsoft has in managing, licensing, processing, and of course, activating Windows. It has an easy-to-use interface and can get the job done in a few simple steps.
An important function of the Windows Community Toolkit is that it passes controls that meet a developer's needs so that they can build anything under a UWP application.
A Universal Windows Platform (UWP) is a way for typical programming languages to run programs directly on a Windows platform. This includes several widely used programming languages such as C # and XAML.
It's a newer version of WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation); It all performs the same functions as its predecessor, but was introduced with Windows 10 and offers a variety of other functions.
As a result, as a more recent addition to the programmer's arsenal, UWP doesn't have the plethora of apps and programs that users have built with the WPF. Microsoft will fix this by making all apps built with the previous version of the product available on the new platform.
The recent addition of the Unified Grid is a good example of how backward compatibility of programs built on WPF is getting into the hands of UWP users.
Another is the fact that the menu can be accessed through the application setter; While not a major overhaul of the system, it does provide a clear experience for programmers who use it frequently as it reduces redundancy and provides a more compact user interface that allows for more fluidity – so they can focus on the task at hand.
You can use the Windows Community Toolkit to create animations. Unfortunately, this is overlooked by many program developers who don't focus too much on it.
However, implementing good animation in your application can improve the overall user experience. A fantastic user interface helps create a flow through a program that allows you to get from one interface to another with ease.
The Windows Community Toolkit wants to make this easier for programmers and has introduced new animation APIs.
This includes the introduction of helpers that allow you to apply transition and animation effects by modifying the source code directly. For example, the XAML code can be used to offset an element by a certain amount and stack the effects of multiple animations to run one after the other.
The AnimationSet is a very popular API that allows users to choose from a range of animations that Toolkit has to offer and then stack them.
As already mentioned, however, many programmers shy away from slipping into the role of a designer and making these changes themselves. Windows Toolkit aims to change that by giving them APIs that make their jobs easier and easier for them to experience.
Microsoft Graph Control
Windows Toolkit also added more support for Microsoft Graph. Similar to their animation APIs, they aim to simplify much of the messy coding so the programmers can work on the product.
The Microsoft Graph enables the developer to connect his program with different devices across the different operating systems. It can also access the data stored on Windows and Microsoft servers to connect and connect users.
For example, it gives them the control to automatically log in to an account or log out without having to go into the codes. As of now, it has mainly two main functions; Profiling and logging. This will no doubt find further uses as Microsoft develops and improves the functionality of its toolkit.
The toolkit provides certain .NET packages that connect people's profiles and add users based on their presence on social media such as LinkedIn, Facebook, OneDrive or Bing.
The notification outlet also provides users with helpers that are officially used by Microsoft itself. It delivers these functions to users via APIs in the toolkit itself.
The Windows Toolkit comes with various packages that you can use to access certain functions. So if your work is more designer-focused, you can choose the custom-made designer package. This is great for people on a budget looking for esoteric services.
You can get started with the toolkit right away by heading to GitHub. This is where you can find the downloadable file as well as a hub to post issues, discuss the toolkit, and review pull requests.
Most importantly, you can see the code for every single package and feature that is in the toolkit right now. Open source code is always good for developer trust. So if you want to make sure a package is up to date, just read through it and see what it does for yourself.
The Readme and Microsoft Docs go through all documentation and automatic builds. This process allows both Windows and the community to make changes on the fly.
The Windows Community Toolkit, as the name suggests, is more than a simple piece of software that helps people create super helpful apps – a community.
The availability of the Windows Community Toolkit has made it much easier for people to take their skills into their own hands and experiment with new ideas and theories. The result is the creation of one of the most dynamic and efficient communities on the web. We are also excited to see what Microsoft has in store for us in the near future.
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Maham is a Psychology graduate and is expanding and nurturing her interest in technology with MUO. Outside of work, she enjoys reading books, painting, and traveling whenever possible.
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