|Userware Releases XAML For Blazor|
|Written by Kay Ewbank|
|Monday, 10 July 2023|
Userware has announced the release of XAML for Blazor, an extension for Blazor WebAssembly that gives .NET developers an expanded choice in coding methods, and a pathway for integrating code from XAML-based applications such as WPF, Silverlight and WinUI into web applications.
Userware's CEO Giovanni Albani described the extension as:
"combining the familiarity of XAML with the versatility of Blazor, allowing developers to leverage their existing skills and incorporate the HTML/CSS/Razor approach when needed."
XAML for Blazor is distributed as a NuGet package, and means developers can use XAML files and Razor files together, creating UserControls with Code-behind and referencing them from Razor files. It also lets developers use XAML features such as data binding, templating, animations, and follow the MVVM pattern. The extension renders XAML as plain HTML in the same DOM as Razor, which shares the same memory, and WASM thread, so supporting direct object sharing between components, such as passing a Blazor collection to the XAML built-in DataGrid control.
XAML for Blazor is powered by OpenSilver, an open-source reimplementation of Microsoft Silverlight, and the Userware team says the integration is not limited to XAML, as any OpenSilver feature can now be used within Blazor WebAssembly projects, including RIA Services, WCF SOAP, PRISM, MEF, and enterprise-centric controls like DataGrid and DataForm.
Using the extension is simply a matter of referencing the "XamlForBlazor" NuGet package in their Blazor Client-Side WebAssembly project and adding some XAML files. A Visual Studio extension (VSIX) is also available. The extension is available in a Free Edition for exploratory use, or Professional and Enterprise Editions for commercial applications.
The developers plan to extend support to Blazor Server applications and to introduce a UI designer.
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