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Eugene L.
$20/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • JSON
  • DevExpress
  • SQL
  • Pascal
  • API
  • Object Pascal
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Database
  • Lazarus
  • Desktop Application
  • Firebird
  • Delphi
  • C#
  • Microsoft SQL Server

2000 - till now - software development Pascal/Delphi, C# - DB (MySQL, Firebird, Interbase, MSSQL, Oracle), SQL-queries writing

Dmytro L.
$20/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • SQL
  • C#
  • .NET Framework
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Unity
  • HTML5
  • CSS 3
  • Desktop Application
  • Microsoft Windows
  • API
  • Elasticsearch
  • Unity
  • Game Programming

Hello, thanks for visiting my page. I am a middle-level developer with 3 years of experience. My skills: - c#/.NET: WPF, ASP.Net. My main technology stack. I can also work with WinForms, but why if we have a WPF? - Frontend - HTML, CSS, JavaScript in web and XAML in desktop. Any type of UI of any complexity. - Unity3D. I have a few published games. - Java. A little bit of experience with Android OS. - SQL. Data layer background with a lot of popular database systems: MySQL, MsSQL, SQLite, etc. I'm watching for popular development trends - image processing (with OpenCV/EmguCV in c#), machine learning and AI, neural networks, etc. And I...

Gerard O.
$25/hr
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  • C++
  • Golang
  • JavaScript
  • WinDev
  • Web Service
  • Cryptography
  • Microsoft Visual C++
  • Application Integration
  • WinAutomation
  • Microsoft Foundation Class Library
  • Application Installer
  • Microsoft Windows

Amr K.
$50/hr
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  • Android
  • iOS
  • macOS
  • Web Crawler
  • Laravel
  • Automation
  • Mobile App
  • Flutter
  • Qt
  • Web Development
  • Database
  • Bot Development

Desktop Applications and Automation Developer | Mobile Application Expert | back-end development $50.00/hr ✔️ 5+ Years of Software Development background. ✔️ 5+ Years of Web scraping, crawling, and automation. ✔️ Maintained apps for Desktop and Web Automation. ✔️ 3+ Years of Mobile development Native Experience. ✔️ 3+Building desktop and mobile apps from A to Z, front-end and back-end with APIs, database, network programming, and more. My Profile Highlights: ✅ Web scraping and crawling ✅ Excellent command in Java, Kotlin, Swift(5) & Objective-C, X-Code 12 ✅ QML Expert converting any design to code ✅ Experience with QT framework. ✅...

Ibrahim D.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • .NET Framework
  • Data Science
  • Automation
  • Bot Development
  • Internet Marketing
  • Search Engine Optimization

I have been a programmer for the past 10 years, and I have been launching products and selling them online. This allowed me to gain internet marketing and SEO knowledge, beside my programming skills.

Aleksandr K.
$60/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • QML
  • C++
  • Qt
  • Boost
  • Object-Relational Mapping
  • Python
  • Desktop Application
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Java
  • Kotlin
  • Android NDK
  • Native App Development

Hey, I'm a Android app and C++ cross-platform app developer with nine years of experience. Strongly focused on desktop & system software (C++/Qt/Python/QML). Previously, I worked on different cross-platform (win/ubuntu/mac) Qt/QML desktop app maintenance Skills: C/C++, STL, Boost, Qt, QML, CMake, Python, CI/CD, Computer Science, Algorithms and Data structures. Education: Master's Degree (Software Development), 2016

Vanshika J.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • WebRTC
  • nopCommerce
  • BigCommerce
  • Node.js
  • Zoho CRM
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Firefox Plugin Development
  • Google Chrome Extension
  • Payment Gateway Integration
  • Salesforce App Development
  • Zoho Sprints

I am a Web development expert with over 6 years experience in setup and customization of Asp.Net Websites and Zoho . Area of Specialization: 1) Asp.Net MVC,C# 2) AngularJS 2/4/5 3) NodeJs 4) Javascript,HTML5,CSS 5) 3-Tier Application 6) CMS and CRM like Salesforce,Zoho,NopCommerce,Kentico,DNN,BigCommerce, 7) Bug fixing , Testing, Deployment,Azure Hosting 8) WebRtc,Kurrento Media Server,Audio conferencing 9) Plugin development ,firefox Extension,Chromium,Chrome extension,chromium I have other areas of working as well . Why you would hire me: -Quality work -Proficient communication -Code Standards -Expert level testing -Time Value Till...

Jonata B.
$30/hr
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  • Python
  • Desktop Application
  • English to Brazilian Portuguese Translation
  • FFmpeg
  • Software Development
  • Inkscape
  • PyQt
  • Grav CMS
  • Flask
  • Subtitles
  • App Development
  • Audiovisual Translation
  • Twig
  • Brazilian Portuguese Dialect

Hi! Welcome to my profile. Here are some of my skills. If your project needs some of this skills, I believe we can work together and get a great result. • Python developer for desktop applications • Linux expert, macOS management • Devops (Git, Azure, TFS, CI/CD) • IT support experience • Flutter (Dart) developer • Basic Flask experience • Grav CMS proficient • Audio Engineer for recording, mixing and mastering • Graphic designer for any printed and digital product • Video editor, with 2D and 3D experience

Murat B.
$37/hr
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  • .NET Framework
  • Java
  • C
  • C++
  • OpenCV
  • Embedded System
  • C#
  • STM32
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Raspberry Pi Firmware

Desktop applications with .NET Winform, WPF, JavaFX Embedded Systems, ARM Cortex-m mcus Front-end applications on embedded systems FreeRTOS, LwIp, Stm32, Opencv Backend Development ASP .NET, nodejs

Divyeshkumar G.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • ASP.NET
  • ASP.NET Core
  • .NET Framework
  • Entity Framework
  • Umbraco
  • Azure
  • ERP Software
  • CRM Software
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Azure App Service
  • C#
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft SQL Server

Upwork Stats: 45K+ hours booked with more than $1 Million Revenue, 100% Completion ratio, 100% Job Success Ratio, and more than 100s of satisfied customers (4.90 ratings) What's better than the feedback from your client. Check reviews and the volume of work on our profile for a pleasant surprise at how good we are. We have a large queue of happy customers. Our core expertise is in C#, ASP.Net, MVC. Net, .NET Core We have expertise in designing effective user interfaces, database architectures, data structures, client/server architecture, multi-threaded applications, cloud computing, Web development, and MSSQL. We also specialize in...

Saad A.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Cocos2d
  • Unity
  • Online Multiplayer
  • C#
  • TypeScript
  • Android
  • JavaScript
  • Android App Development
  • iOS Development
  • Microsoft Visual C++
  • Game Development
  • Photon Unity Networking
  • Mobile App Development
  • iOS
  • Game

Hi, Thanks for viewing my profile, 10+ years of Strong Experience in Developing Mobile games on iOS, Android, Steam platform, Flutter, Native iOS and Android, Windows, Gear VR, Oculus Quest ./ Quest 2, Vive, Daydream, mac OS, and web platforms. 1M+ downloads across my android and IOS, and PC games for different Clients! Strong knowledge in C# .C++,Javascript , XML, HTML, CSS3, jQuery, Ajax, JSON, MS SQL, My SQL, and SQLite ,dart language , Flutter SDK , Swift , REST API. Playfab Server APIs, Proficient in tools: Unity, Phaser 3, COCOS2dx, Android Studio,Xcode,Eclipse,Game Maker ,Unreal Engine,Audacity,Photoshop, Illustrator,After...

Burak A.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Market Analysis
  • SQL
  • Data Analysis
  • Article Writing
  • Python
  • Internet Research
  • Researcher
  • Software Development
  • Desktop Application
  • Market Research

Multilingual market analyst & researcher with expertise in handling complex data/reports. Eager to support a business environment with high analytical skills. Also, an experienced software developer (Python, JavaScript, SQL)

Ravi K.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • .NET Framework
  • Desktop Application
  • C#
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • C++
  • Node.js
  • CSS 3
  • Mobile App Development
  • jQuery
  • Data Scraping
  • WordPress
  • Qualtrics
  • Automation
  • JavaScript
  • PSD to HTML

✅ Understand client requirement and provide him better solution ✅ I can implement new technologies ✅ Give time to time suggestions to client, so we can build a better solutions

Ryan S.
$59/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • VB.NET
  • SQL
  • C#
  • ASP.NET
  • Mobile Programming
  • JavaScript
  • Web Apps
  • .NET Framework
  • Database Programming
  • HTML
  • Xamarin
  • .NET Core
  • Razor Template Engine
  • SQL Programming
  • Database Design

I am located in Michigan, USA, and my time zone is Eastern Standard/Daylight Time. Working in software development since 2002, I create business applications that help companies and individuals collect and use information. *Web (ASP.NET, Web API, C#, Javascript) *Database (SQL Server, MySQL, MS Access, SQLite, Dapper, Entity Framework) *Mobile (Xamarin Forms iOS/Android, Javascript, Cordova) *Desktop and Server (C#, WPF, WinForms, Console, Services) *Reporting *General Consulting and Business Analysis My strength is in the full software development life-cycle, from analysis to deployment and all steps in between. I have participated in...

Sameer O.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • .NET Framework
  • ADO.NET
  • ASP.NET
  • C
  • C#
  • C++
  • Embedded System
  • Microsoft Silverlight
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • SQL Programming
  • System Analysis
  • System Programming
  • VB.NET
  • Web Service
  • Windows Presentation Foundation

Professional developer with a strong technical background and accumulated experience of 22+ years. With the ability to work with the minimum supervision to produce quality code within the project time-frame. Able to play a key role throughout the software development and support life cycle of a project, to ensure that quality solutions meet business objectives. Possess a good team spirit, deadline orientated, and having the ability to organize and present complex solutions clearly and accurately. - C#,VB .Net (WinForms, WPF and Silverlight) - VC++ - ASP.Net (WebForms and MVC) - SQL Server - Oracle DB - Windows Store Applications. -...

Avinav K.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Electron
  • React
  • MongoDB
  • JavaScript
  • AWS Amplify
  • AWS AppSync
  • SQLite
  • MySQL
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon Cognito
  • Desktop Application
  • HTML5

"Very professional and great to work with. This was not an easy project, and the freelancer did a great job of breaking down the requirements, communicating clearly, and working against shifting deadlines. I would absolutely recommend them. Thank you!" - Chris McAleenan (Upwork) I'm Avinav, working in Frontend Development using ElectronJS over the last 4 years and total experience of over 12+ Years. I have been working for a lot of startups/SMEs in the US, Australia, and Singapore. If you want to find an effective product, then I'm a good fit for you. How you find me different - High responsibility. - Quickly understanding of the...

Anabil S.
$80/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Penetration Testing
  • C
  • C#
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • Java
  • Desktop Application
  • Microsoft Windows
  • Linux
  • macOS
  • Microsoft Visual Studio
  • .NET Framework
  • Website Development
  • Android App Development
  • Android

I am a software developer, analyzer, security tester and data processor. I am pursuing a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science degree. Computer programming and software developing has always been my core interest and looking forward to build a carrier in this field.

Martin C.
$25/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • .NET Framework
  • C#
  • Xamarin
  • Flutter
  • Desktop Application
  • Mobile App Development
  • Web Apps
  • ASP.NET Core
  • Entity Framework
  • LINQ
  • SQL
  • Microsoft SQL Server
  • MySQL
  • RESTful API
  • Automatic Test

During my work, you can expect great attention to detail and quality of code for your projects. I am passionate about clean code and problem-solving with the most efficient algorithms possible. My main strengths are .NET and Flutter. I have worked on very ambitious projects involving back-end and front-end development. My experience in software development has been focused in business applications. I have developed modules for an ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning System), WMS (Warehouse Management System) E-commerce and Mobile Apps. In order to be successful, and provide a great customer experience, my attitude towards every client is...

Neil Ryan V.
$15/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Delphi
  • C#

Software Developer with 5 years of experience with developing business software using Delphi Programming language. Also has experience with programming using Python and C#.

Parthiv P.
$32/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • HTML5
  • AngularJS
  • C#
  • Desktop Application
  • API Development
  • ASP.NET
  • JavaScript
  • Business with 1-9 Employees
  • .NET Core
  • Blazor
  • Algorithm Development
  • .NET Framework

I'm senior software/web developer having 13+ yrs of experience working with different Microsoft based technologies. Consistent very good reviews and ratings maintained over last 3+ yrs on Upwork. Also awarded as "Top Rated" developer many times. Excellent communication, good quality code within given time and budget, individual contributor and very comfortable with working new technologies. Have strong experience with developing enterprise level projects and products. We are following different tools for tracking and supporting the agile way of development. Technical capabilities:- Technology: Asp.net MVC/Core, WPF, WCF, Entity...

David G.
$120/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Qt
  • macOS
  • C++
  • Python
  • Mac OS App Development
  • TensorFlow
  • OpenGL
  • OpenCV
  • Machine Learning
  • PyTorch
  • Computer Vision
  • iOS

Specialized in digital image processing, 3D, computer graphics, parallel processing

Karen G.
$70/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • C#
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • Windows Forms
  • Universal Windows Platform
  • JavaScript
  • SQL
  • Xamarin
  • .NET Core
  • Web Services Development
  • TypeScript
  • Application Installer
  • Prototyping
  • Windows Presentation Foundation
  • API Development
  • ASP.NET

I’m a professional developer with over 15 years of experience: Languages: C#, PowerShell, Python, TypeScript, Java, SQL, JavaScript, Lua. Areas: Windows Forms, Windows Services, NET Core (cross-platform), ML.NET, UWP, ASP.NET, MVC, Kinect (AR/VR), WPF, Xamarin (cross-platform), Docker, Active Directory, Azure, SQL, Entity Framework, WSDL, Web.API, Angular.

Karl W.
$30/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • C#
  • ASP.NET
  • Java
  • VB.NET
  • Visual FoxPro
  • API Integration
  • Xamarin
  • Microsoft SQL Server Programming
  • SQL
  • XML
  • Transact-SQL
  • VBA
  • Windows Forms
  • Oracle Database
  • Mobile App Development

Experienced software professional with good attention to detail and strong programming skills. Adept in sales order processing servicing multiple ERP systems(SAP,SAGE amongst others) using different back end databases such as SQL Server and ORACLE. Can provide detailed XML and advanced data analysis skills (forensic and analytical). Good commercial understanding of business processes and first hand business analysis knowledge. Excellent C#,VB.NET ,FoxPro ,VFP, SQL Server,ORACLE,Windows Forms,WCF, WPF, Windows,DOS,UNIX,Web Service,Web Development,MS office Add-in architecture,ASP.Net, Telerik Controls MVC HTML 5

Tzvetan T.
$35/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • C#
  • Python

I have over five years of solid programming experience and I code primarily in C# and Python. I have developed from simple trading bots to complex accounting and commercial applications. I have excellent skills and experience in: - cryptocurrency trading bot - back end development - developing complex desktop applications - Web and Windows automation - developing complex Selenium projects Programming stack and technologies: - C# .Net [ Winforms, WPF ] - .Net Core - Databases - MS SQL, MySQL, SQLite - Selenium - Python

Daniel C.
$50/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • .NET Framework
  • C#
  • C++
  • VB.NET
  • SQL
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Mobile App Development
  • VBA
  • LAMP Administration
  • MEAN Stack Administration

Bachelors degree with experience in developing applications for a variety of platforms including Windows, Mac and Linux. Have worked heavily with .NET (C#, Visual Basic, ASP) and JAVA as well as a variety of database engines such as Microsoft SQL, MySQL and Mongo. Also experienced with traditional programming languages such as C, C++, Python and Visual Basic. Have experience developing mobile application for a variety of platforms including Android, IOS and Windows Phone all in areas involving networking, database management and game design. I have experience with LAMP and MEAN stacks and I have built websites utilizing various...

Prabhjot S.
$20/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • Microsoft Foundation Class Library
  • C
  • C++
  • Microsoft Visual C++
  • Core Java
  • C#
  • .NET Framework
  • Standalone Application
  • Desktop Application

Experience: - I have worked for 8 years in Microsoft technologies. I am well versed with Microsoft C++, C#, Java, MVC, MFC, .Net Framework. -I have worked with TFS, GIT and SVN source control. -I have maintained large web and desktop applications from a frontend UI/UX perspective, a Quality Analyst perspective, and a backend developer perspective. I have performed database integration tests and done extensive data corrections to ensure the accuracy of the specifications provided. I deliver on over 95% of projects in a timely and professional manner. I am experienced with backend, MVC, API, database, scripting, tooling, technical writing, IT...

Granit S.
$40/hr
  • Trophy Icon Windows App Development
  • C#
  • ASP.NET MVC
  • ASP.NET Core
  • Microsoft SQL Server Programming
  • ASP.NET Web API
  • Angular
  • AngularJS
  • jQuery
  • JavaScript
  • AJAX
  • UX & UI
  • Kendo UI
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Project Management

I am a Senior Software Developer with a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from the University of Prishtina, and now I am doing my Master's degree in Computer Science. I have more than six years of experience in software development. I am experienced in windows and web development using C#, ASP.NET MVC, ASP.NET Core, Xamarin Forms, ADO.NET, ASP.NET WEB API, Entity Framework, and SQL Server. I have working experience with Model View Controller(MVC) and have been involved in maintaining source code versions using TFS(Team Foundation Server) 2010. I have also designed and developed user web controls, master pages, validation controls, CSS...

$NaN/hr

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How to Hire Top Windows App Developers

How to hire Windows app developers

Windows is the most popular operating system (OS) for personal computers. A Windows app developer can help you build software for platforms running Windows OS.

So how do you hire Windows app developers? What follows are some tips for finding top Windows app development consultants on Upwork.

How to shortlist Windows app development professionals

As you’re browsing available Windows app development consultants, it can be helpful to develop a shortlist of the professionals you may want to interview. You can screen profiles on criteria such as:

  • Technology fit. You want a Windows app developer who understands the Microsoft technologies and third-party integrations needed to bring your software project to life. 
  • Project experience. Screen candidate profiles for specific skills and experience (e.g., leveraging WinUI to build a dash for your business intelligence app).
  • Feedback. Check reviews from past clients for glowing testimonials or red flags that can tell you what it’s like to work with a particular Windows app developer.

How to write an effective Windows app development job post

With a clear picture of your ideal Windows app developer in mind, it’s time to write that job post. Although you don’t need a full job description as you would when hiring an employee, aim to provide enough detail for a contractor to know if they’re the right fit for the project.

Job post title

Create a simple title that describes exactly what you’re looking for. The idea is to target the keywords that your ideal candidate is likely to type into a job search bar to find your project. Here are some sample Windows app developer job post titles:

  • Windows app developer needed to help build an app for Microsoft Surface
  • Seeking a Windows app developer to help build a custom Outlook add-in
  • Need help building a Microsoft app with Universal Windows Platform (UWP)

Windows app development project description

An effective Windows app development job post should include: 

  • Scope of work: From apps to third-party integrations, list all the deliverables you’ll need. 
  • Project length: Your job post should indicate whether this is a smaller or larger project. 
  • Background: If you prefer experience with certain industries, technologies, or Windows app development platforms, mention this here. 
  • Budget: Set a budget and note your preference for hourly rates vs. fixed-price contracts.

Windows app developer responsibilities

Here are some examples of Windows app developer job responsibilities:

  • Design and develop software for Windows and Microsoft devices
  • Handle third-party integrations with Microsoft software and hardware
  • Troubleshoot issues and provide routine maintenance, testing, and updates

Windows app developer requirements and qualifications

Be sure to include any requirements and qualifications you’re looking for in a Windows app developer. Here are some examples:

  • Experience with your desired Windows app development platforms (e.g., UWP, Win32, WPF, Windows Forms)
  • Experience with specialized Windows technologies (e.g., Windows AI, Windows Ink, Cortana)
  • Experience with specialized Microsoft technologies and hardware (e.g., HoloLens, IoT Core, Xbox One)
  • Working knowledge of desired programming languages and technologies (e.g., C/C++, C#, ASP.NET) 

WINDOWS APP DEVELOPERS FAQ

What is Windows app development?

Windows app development is the practice of developing software for Microsoft’s Windows operating systems and devices. 

How much does it cost to hire a Windows app developer?

The first step to determining the cost to hire a Windows app developer will be to define your needs. Rates can vary due to many factors, including expertise and experience, location, and market conditions.

Cost factor #1: project scope

The first variable to consider when determining scope is the nature of the work that needs to be completed. Not all Windows app development projects are created equal. Creating a simple add-in for Outlook will typically take less time than developing a video game for Xbox One. 

Tip: The more accurately your job description describes the scope of your project, the easier it will be for talent to give you accurate cost estimates and proposals.

Cost factor #2: Windows app development experience

Choosing the right level of expertise for the job is closely tied to how well you determined the scope of your project. You wouldn’t need an advanced Windows app developer to build a simple UI for your business app. On the other hand, developing an enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) app using Microsoft Azure and Windows AI will require more-specialized skills. Beyond experience level, you need to consider the type of experience the talent possesses. 

The following table breaks down the rates of the types of Windows app developer you can find on Upwork.

Rates charged by Windows app developers on Upwork

Level of Experience

Description

Hourly Rate

Beginner

Windows app development fundamentals including your desired development platform (e.g., UWP) and desired application development language (e.g., C++, C#, Visual Basic).

$30-60+

Intermediate

Beyond fundamentals, experience with specialized libraries, tools, and technologies (e.g., experience developing mixed-reality apps for the HoloLens).

$60-90+

Expert

Seasoned programmer and professional who has the leadership and project experience needed to lead a team of developers in a Windows app development project.

$90-120+


 

Cost factor #3: location

Location is another variable that can impact a Windows app development cost. It’s no secret that you can leverage differences in purchasing power between countries to gain savings on talent. But it’s also important to factor in hidden costs such as language barriers, time zones, and the logistics of managing a remote team. The real advantage to sourcing talent remotely on Upwork is the ability to scan a global talent pool for the best possible person for the job. Location is no longer an obstacle. 

Cost factor #4: independent contractor vs. agency

The final variable regarding talent cost is hiring an independent contractor vs. an agency. An agency is often a “one size fits all” model, so you’ll often have access to a designer, a project manager, an engineer, and more. When hiring individuals you have total autonomy regarding who is responsible for which part of the project, but you’ll need to source each of those skills separately.

The trade-off between hiring individuals vs. hiring an agency is the level of administrative overhead you incur personally in coordinating tasks among all members of the team. Project scope and personal preference will determine which style is a better fit for your needs.

Windows App Development Tips and Best Practices

Choose your UI development technology wisely

The user interface (UI) is the part of your app that the end user actually sees and interacts with. It’s the buttons, forms, search bar, content, layout, and other visual aspects of your app. The Windows app development ecosystem gives you many options for designing a UI. Here are some of the most popular:

  • UWP is short for Universal Windows Platform, which was designed to make it easier to build apps for any Windows device including computers, Xbox One, and HoloLens. Apps built with UWP are deployed through the Microsoft Store. 
  • WPF is short for Windows Presentation Foundation, a part of Visual Studio. WPF was designed for creating line-of-business apps for Windows. 
  • WinForms was around before UWP and WPF. Its drag-and-drop interface makes it easy to create apps with simple UIs, such as creating a graphical user interface (GUI) to allow non-developers in an organization to view business intelligence.
  • Electron is a framework for using web technologies (JavaScript, HTML, and CSS) to create a web view in desktop form, resulting in cross-platform desktop apps. 

These are just a handful of the libraries Microsoft provides for Windows app development. How you design the UI will ultimately determine the user experience (UX), so it’s important to pick the right technology to design the front end of your app. 

Consider adopting a continuous integration and deployment (CI/CD) pipeline

CI/CD can save you serious headaches down the road if you can successfully implement it within your software development lifecycle (SDLC). The advantage to integrating your development and operations teams, also known as DevOps, through automation is not to be understated. With CI/CD tools such as Jenkins and Azure DevOps, it’s possible to:

  • Ensure developers and testers are always working with the latest code repository
  • Make code compilation, error checking, and unit tests available at each step of the SDLC
  • Create installation packages you know will work on target platforms
  • Deploy your application and keep it up-to-date on your end users’ machines
  • Streamline the feedback loop of information between developers and operations

The above bullets are just some ideas of what CI/CD can do for an organization. There are plenty of DevOps tools out there to help you build a custom automation solution for your needs. 

Make software maintenance and troubleshooting easier with the right logger

Because desktop apps live on the machines of the end user (as opposed to cloud-based applications and websites), it’s especially important to get error logging right. This will make it easier for your company’s IT and support staff to troubleshoot issues a user might encounter when using your project. 

Common logging solutions for Windows apps include:

  • Logging to file, which involves recording an event log to a file local to the machine using a library such as log4net or NLog. 
  • Saving dump files, which entails recording details of a crash (such as which process was executing and which modules were loaded) to a file local to the machine.
  • Logging to Windows event logs is fast and reliable; the only downside is that they can be difficult for your organization to retrieve. 
  • Remote error reporting, in addition to keeping local logs, gives the end user the option to send a report to your servers when a problem occurs so that your support team can log and process the issue. This can be a valuable tool for getting customer feedback integrated into your next patch. 

Logging is an important part of software development, and there are plenty of tools and libraries out there to help you do all of the above and more.

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