Welcome to the Sands of Maui—newsletter style issues dedicated to bringing together 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 March 22, 2021:
The second iteration of .NET 6 Preview is now available—.NET 6 Preview 2 bits. It includes new APIs, runtime performance improvements, support for Apple Silicon and early builds of .NET MAUI. For .NET MAUI, the most exciting news includes TargetFramework support for Mac Catalyst, a single multi-targeted application project, HostBuilder support for bootstrapping apps and universal Control Handlers for few UI components.
Early previews of .NET MAUI for Mobile (iOS/Android) now run on .NET 6 Preview 2 and samples have been updated. They do require specific .NET builds with iOS/Android/Catalyst workloads and tools are mostly CLI with minimal IDE support—but things do work. Included in the samples are native iOS/Android apps and the single-project MAUI experience, along with a little F# support that is lurking.
Want to have your say as Xamarin evolves to .NET MAUI? Want more developer productivity with Visual Studio as we head towards .NET 6? Well, the Q1 2021 Xamarin survey is out. And thanks to community support, it is available in lots of languages. More importantly, when David Ortinau asks you to take a survey, you take the survey.
Want to see a developer experience tinkering with early .NET MAUI bits on .NET 6? Sam Basu did a thing on Twitch —includes plenty of fumbling around, failed builds and some developer fun. Hint: a few more UI components already work.
Developer Brad Dean wanted to start from a boilerplate Xamarin.Forms experience today and migrate to using .NET MAUI bits. Sounds like the experience isn't bad—as long as one knows the moving pieces and what is changing under the covers.
That's it for now.
We'll see you next week with more awesome content relevant to .NET MAUI.
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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