.NET-Centric Uno Platform Debuts 'Single Project' for 9 Targets

Uno Platform updated its .NET-centric third-party dev tooling offering, with the highlight of version 5.2 being a new "Single Project" that can be used by developes to target nine different targets.

The company helps developers create native apps across mobile, web, desktop and embedded systems from a single codebase with its open source project long claiming to be the only offering that enabled single-codebase development for Windows, WebAssembly, iOS, macOS, Android and Linux, targeting all OSes and browsers. The Uno team has also teamed up with Redmond on various projects and has sometimes implemented new tech before Microsoft itself.

Uno Platform (circa March 2024)
[Click on image for larger view.] Uno Platform (circa March 2024)(source: Uno Platform).

Now, it has taken a big unification step.

The company said version 5.2 helps developers enable all or any of the nine platform targets:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • WebAssembly
  • Windows App SDK
  • Mac Catalyst
  • Skia/Linux/X11
  • Skia/Linux/Framebuffer
  • Skia/macOS
  • Skia/Windows

"You've voiced the need for a simpler start-up process for projects and a more manageable approach to handling NuGet packages and dependencies," the company said in an April 22 post. "These changes simplify the setup of new projects and streamline the maintenance and upgrade paths for existing ones. By consolidating multiple targets into one project template, we've reduced the complexity of project files and eliminated the need for explicit NuGet package references, separate project libraries, or 'shared' projects."

In Visual Studio, that consolidation simplification is illustrated in these screenshots:

Uno Platform Visual Studio Project Structure Comparison
[Click on image for larger view.] Uno Platform Visual Studio Project Structure Comparison (source: Uno Platform).
Uno Platform Visual Studio Project Structure Comparison
[Click on image for larger view.] Difference in Approaches (source: Uno Platform).

The new Single Project is available now for Visual Studio and VS Code users but isn't yet totally complete for JetBrains Rider users, with the net8.0-browserwasm and net8.0-desktop target frameworks not yet recognized by Rider.

Other highlights of the release as presented by the company include:

  • Enhanced Skia renderers for greater performance benefits and simplicity
  • Our highly requested multi-window support
  • Improvements to Uno.SDK by introducing Uno.SDK Features
  • .NET 9 Preview support

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