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Welcome to the Sands of MAUI—newsletter-style issues dedicated to bringing together the latest .NET MAUI content relevant to developers.

A particle of sand—tiny and innocuous. But put a lot of sand particles together and we have something big—a force to reckon with. It is the smallest grains of sand that often add up to form massive beaches, dunes and deserts.

Most .NET developers are looking forward to .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI)—the evolution of Xamarin.Forms with .NET 6. Going forward, developers should have much more confidence in the technology stack and tools as .NET MAUI empowers native cross-platform solutions on mobile and desktop.

While it is a long flight until we reach the sands of MAUI, developer excitement is palpable in all the news/content as we tinker and prepare for .NET MAUI. Like the grains of sand, every piece of news/article/video/tutorial/stream contributes towards developer knowledge and we grow a community/ecosystem willing to learn and help.

Sands of MAUI is a humble attempt to collect all the .NET MAUI awesomeness in one place. Here’s what is noteworthy for the week of February 7, 2022:

.NET MAUI Podcast

The three musketeers and friends—Matt Soucoup, James Montemagno and David Ortinau—got together to host the latest episode of the .NET MAUI podcast. .NET MAUI Preview 11 was out last December, but with the Visual Studio 2022 Preview update held back till January, the official announcement of .NET MAUI Preview 11 came this year—followed quickly by the .NET MAUI Preview 12 wave. So, the podcast had not one, but two .NET MAUI Previews to catch up on.

The trio covered all that was packed into the .NET MAUI Preview releases—new Fluent Design support, Multi-Window feature, C# 10, Shell, Dependency Injection updates and how to navigate the latest Templating across CLI/VS. There was also the usual smattering of Cloud news, from Azure Chaos Studio to the upcoming Azure Cosmos DB Conf—go give the podcast a listen.


Community Toolkit Standup

The latest February edition of the .NET MAUI Community Toolkit Standup was hosted by Gerald Versluis, Shaun Lawrence, Vladislav Antonyuk and Pedro Jesus. The discussions started with covering the release notes for major release of Xamarin Community Toolkit—now in version 2.0.

The folks then turned their attention to all the coolness happening in .NET MAUI Community Toolkit—going through issues and discussing open pull requests. It’s a whole other way of developing software out in the open when feature decisions of yay/nay are being taken live on stream with an engaged chatroom—a true community effort. Watch the episode to catch up on all the things cooking to make .NET MAUI developers all the more productive.


.NET MAUI Is Coming

Juan Alberto España Garcia over at DotNetSafer wrote an article drumming up the excitement about .NET MAUI—Previews are getting closer to RC builds. Juan starts talking about .NET 6 and the plan to evolve from Xamarin.Forms to .NET MAUI.

Up next is covering some big features developers can hope to find if starting out with .NET MAUI Previews 11 or 12—like styling per Windows Fluent Design System, Multi-Window support, C# 10, Shell and Dependency Injection. While tooling for .NET MAUI catches up, developers have good reasons to be excited about the future of cross-platform development with .NET.


.NET Frontend Day

Are you a current or wannabe .NET developer? Do you want to build modern client apps with .NET and wonder what is possible? Look no further than .NET Frontend Day—a full day community-organized conference on all things frontend with .NET. To be livestreamed on February 10, .NET Frontend Day organizers are bringing together some very passionate speakers for a full day of learning and shenanigans. And you know what’s hot with .NET client-side development these days—yep, .NET MAUI and Blazor. What’s even cooler is when you mix the two and share code. It will be a lot of fun—so please tune in.


.NET Birthday

It is hard to believe, but .NET is 20 years old this February. .NET today is an open-source cross-platform developer platform for building apps on just about anything—but things did not start this way. The birthday-themed updated .NET landing page celebrates the rich history of .NET as a developer platform and marks the big milestones along the way. Developers new to .NET MAUI may assume the present reality is the norm, but there were iconic changes that paved the path—like .NET going open source, founding of the .NET Foundation, Microsoft acquiring Xamarin and Mono joining the .NET Foundation. Developers are encouraged to share their stories and memories all through the month with hashtag #DotNetLovesMe and tune in for the .NET 20th anniversary broadcast on February 14th.


That’s it for now.

We’ll see you next week with more awesome content relevant to .NET MAUI.

Cheers, developers!

About the Author

Sam Basu

Sam Basu is a technologist, author, speaker, Microsoft MVP, gadget-lover and Progress Developer Advocate for Telerik products. With a long developer background, he now spends much of his time advocating modern web/mobile/cloud development platforms on Microsoft/Telerik technology stacks. His spare times call for travel, fast cars, cricket and culinary adventures with the family. You can find him on the internet.

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