Microsoft has been encouraging developers to move to UWP for a while, with limited success. The company recently released a new SDK for Windows 10 and will bring their UWP Dev Center to Xbox. The latest scheme is slightly different, however, and could have more weight behind it.
The UWP Community Toolkit is an entirely open-source project that lets the developer community collaborate to introduce new capabilities on top the SDK. The project has three primary goals.
UWP Community Toolkit Goals
Giorgio Sardo is a Senior Director at Microsoft, and took to the blog to explain some of his hopes for the service:
“1. Simplified app development: The toolkit includes new capabilities (helper functions, custom controls and app services) that simplify or demonstrate common developer tasks. Where possible, our goal is to allow app developers to get started with just one line of code.
2. Open-Source: The toolkit (source code, issues and roadmap) will be developed as an open-source project. We welcome contributions from the .NET developer community.
3. Alignment with SDK: The feedback from the community on this project will be reflected in future versions of the Windows SDK for Windows 10.”
You can use the toolkit with any new or existing UWP app, as long as it was written in C# or VB.NET. It’s only compatible with Windows 10 SDK Build 10586 and above, but this could change in the future.
Of course, the toolkit supports any device that is running Windows 10, including Mobile, Xbox and HoloLens. Desktop apps that used the bridge also work.
Here are the toolkit’s current features:
- Controls: Adaptive grid view, pull to refresh list view, hamburger menu, range selector, Image ex, headered text block, radial gauge, swipe enabled list item, rotator tile.
- Notifications: Live tile, toast.
- Animation helpers: Fade animation, scale animation, offset animation, rotate animation, blur animation.
- Service helpers: Bing, Facebook, Twitter.
- Code helpers: Color, connection, storage file, stream.