The world of app development is very exciting and every day we come across the news of some new app being launched in the market. Now we are in the age of hybrid apps as they can access all of the native platform’s features such as GPS, camera, accelerometer, and more. Hybrid apps can be downloaded from a platform’s application store like a native app and are, in at least one way, a type of native app. Blazor Hybrid apps are native apps that can leverage web technologies like HTML and CSS for additional functionality and it is an ASP.NET feature that allows building interactive web UIs employing C# for consumer and server code.
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Blazor Hybrid in MAUI
Web applications are typically developed using Java, .NET, Node.js, and other similar languages and if you’ve set up MAUI correctly in Visual Studio 2022 Preview, you should find the option to create a .NET MAUI Blazor App. Creating this solution sets up a new C# project with the required platform dependencies for all its target environments and Blazor allows you to create web UIs in C# instead, a very prominent development language as it boosts catch errors at the moment of compilation relatively than during runtime. If you’ve set up MAUI correctly in Visual Studio 2022 Preview, you should find the option to create a .NET MAUI Blazor App, and creating this solution sets up a new C# project with the expected platform dependencies for all its target grounds. MAUI is full-stack .NET, sharing code, logic, testing, and tooling across the solution is possible and the project sets up a basic Blazor UI that’s ready to run and, of course, ready to change.
The Blazor Hybrid pattern is composed upon MAUI and executed through the BlazorWebView, an MAUI element used to formulate an embedded Blazor Web view using the WebView2 runtime, and possessing prebuilt scaffolding benefits a lot, as it demonstrates how to host a BlazorWebView in your application’s XAML and how to operate Razor content in hosted HTML. In addition to native UI frameworks, MAUI provides a convenient cross-platform host for your Razor code, and while your C# skills will work well on both sides of the WebView divide, what’s extensively crucial is creating a responsive Blazor page that can scale across phones and PCs. Through a BlazorWebView component, MAUI apps can use the Blazor Web framework to create a .NET MAUI Blazor application.
Blazor Hybrid across Windows .NET
.NET MAUI uses a single API to unify Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows APIs but you’re not limited to MAUI for Blazor Hybrid. It's moreover aimed to be a beneficial workload for standard Windows .NET UI tools so you can utilize it inside common frameworks such as Windows Presentation Foundation or Windows Forms. The .NET runtime is used for the execution environment for MAUI applications, as it’s in preview, you’ll need to run a Visual Studio 2022 preview release with the .NET desktop development tools installed. .NET MAUI Blazor enables both native and Web UI in a single application and once you have your tools set up, create a standard WPF application using .NET 6 or later.
Being part of the open-source .NET platform, it has a strong community of contributors and it’s interesting to see Microsoft experimenting with its UI platforms this way. Having ultimately provided a single cross-platform .NET, this approach bringing together MAUI with ASP.NET Core is currently a lot simpler to provide. Blazor is also fast evolving and capabilities are being added to use the technology for creating Progressive Web Apps (PWAs), hybrid apps, and fully native apps, while it’s still early days, and a model that could extend UIs even further than the four most popular desktop and mobile operating systems allowing an enterprise to have the full-stack .NET development experience.