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Uno Platform 4.0 Adds Visual Studio Code Plugin

Uno Platform 4.0 has been released, highlighted by a new extension to work in Microsoft’s Visual Studio code editor.

The Open source Uno platform is a major player in the Microsoft-centric development space, claiming the only offering that enables single code-based application development for Windows, WebAssembly, iOS, macOS, Android and Linux, targeting all operating systems and browsers. It also partnered with Microsoft on a project like WinUI 3 and even beat Microsoft in its own game in some ways, such as being the first to deliver an Ahead of Time (AOT) compilation for WebAssembly, the technology behind it. Blazor on the client side. .

Uno 4.0 platform
[Click on image for larger view.] Uno 4.0 platform (source: Uno platform).

The new v4.0 offering adds four major components, one of which is the integration of VS Code through a extension in Visual Studio Code Marketplace, now in preview stage.

The extension is used with Uno Platform C # / XAML projects for WebAssembly and Skia targets, providing functionality traditionally seen only in the Visual Studio IDE, such as:

  • Development on Codespaces and GitPod
  • Development on Windows, Linux and macOS
  • XAML code completion, providing authoring experience when adding element and property names, property values, namespace values, x: Bind completion, among others, powered by a XAML language server developed for this purpose
  • XAML Hot Reload, allowing you to modify the XAML files of a running app and apply the changes while the app is running
  • C # Hot Reload for Skia and WebAssembly targets, leveraging the .NET Hot Reload feature built into the runtime
  • C # WebAssembly debugging when running on locales

The preview is now free, and the final version will be free to all independent developers and those in organizations with less than $ 1 million in revenue.

In addition to Visual Studio Code integration, developers will also be able to integrate with GitHub and GitPod code spaces, providing the ability to build single code-based cross-platform apps from whatever operating system they want. use.

The other three major components added in the new version include:

  • Integration with Figma, a collaborative interface design tool, allowing developers to design an application for material design and quickly generate XAML from Figma
  • Uno platform extensions to provide commonly used functions to help with new application primers following an appropriate architecture, including configuration, logging, serialization, HTTP, locate, navigation and more
  • Uno Toolkit, a set of top-level cross-platform components not available in WinUI out of the box

“Following today’s announcements, with Uno Platform, you will be able to develop C # and XAML applications from any operating system or browser, and deploy them to the web, Android, iOS, macOS, Linux and Windows, ”Uno Platform said in announce the new version.

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