Creating a new project
- Start Visual Studio
- Select "Create a new project" from the start window or
File -> New -> Projectfrom the main menu
- Search for "Avalonia" and select "Avalonia MVVM Application"
- Click "Next"
- Enter "Todo" as the Project name
- Click "Create"
Now you can create the application from the template:
dotnet new avalonia.mvvm -o Todo -n Todo
The newly created project will be pre-filled with a number of files and directories:
| |- avalonia-logo.ico
| |- MainWindowViewModel.cs
| |- ViewModelBase.cs
| |- MainWindow.axaml
| |- MainWindow.axaml.cs
You can see there are directories for each of the concepts in the MVVM pattern (models, views and view models) as well as couple of other files and directories:
- The Assets directory holds the binary assets for your application such as icons and bitmaps. Files placed in this directory will automatically be included as resources in the application.
- The Models directory is currently empty, but as the name suggests this is where we'll be putting our models.
- The ViewModels directory is pre-filled with a base class for view models and a view model for the application main window.
- The Views directory just contains the application main window for now.
- The App.axaml file is where XAML styles and templates that will apply to the entire application will be placed.
- The Program.cs file is the entry point for execution of the application. Here you can configure the platform options for Avalonia if necessary.
- The ViewLocator.cs file is used to look up views for view models. This will be explained in more detail later.