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  • Blog Post: MS Chart Control: Getting Started

    Scott Mitchell wrote a great series of articles where he describes how to use Microsoft Chart control from simple binding to more complex scenarious. I highly recommend to read his articles for everybody starting working on the control: http://www.4guysfromrolla.com/articles/072209-1.aspx Alex.
  • Blog Post: Setting Microsoft Chart Series Colors

    Microsoft Chart control provides different ways to set color of the series and data points: Palettes Selecting one of the predefined palettes is the easiest way to change chart series colors. There are 12 built-in palettes with about 10 unique colors each. Chart types like column and line...
  • Blog Post: MS Chart Layout Helper

    MS Chart consists of different elements (like titles, legends, chart areas, …) which all share the same space in the chart. It is easy to make a ‘perfect’ layout of these elements when you know exactly how many you will have and what size they going to be. It can be challenging when the content of these...
  • Blog Post: Displaying Categorical Axis Labels.

    In this post I will discuss labeling of the categorical axes in SQL Reporting Services (SSRS) and .NET Chart controls. Same engine is used between these two products and they have exactly the same behavior. You can find detailed steps and sample code at the end of the post. Before we start, lets have...
  • Blog Post: Aligning Multiple Series with Categorical Values

    Binding Categorical Data Overview Binding chart to the data source with categorical values is pretty simple and usually requires just one line of code: Chart1.Series[ "Series1" ].Points.DataBind(mySource, "ProductName" , "Sales" ); It is important to understand that after DataBind...
  • Blog Post: Deploying Microsoft Chart Controls

    MSChart.exe setup should be used to deploy Microsoft Chart controls but what exactly need to be done to create a deployment package in Visual Studio? Visual Studio provides an easy way to add the prerequisites using bootstrappers, and thanks to Phil Preen, now we have a detailed instructions on how to...
  • Blog Post: Data Binding Microsoft Chart Control

    Overview When you add a new visualization in your application, the very first thing you do, is bind it to the data. Microsoft Chart control allows many different ways of populating data in the chart and it is important to understand the differences between them and being able to choose the best approach...
  • Blog Post: Using Chart HTTP Handler

    Delian Tchoparinov just posted on his blog about chart image rendering using Chart HTTP Handlers. This is very useful reading for everybody using the ASP.NET version of the Microsoft Chart control. You can find this post here . Alex.
  • Blog Post: Chart SharePoint Web Part

    You can easily create charting SharePoint Web Part using new Microsoft Chart Control . Wictor Wilen created a " ChartPart for SharePoint " project on Codeplex, which is a ready to use WebPart with source code. If you want to create your own WebPart also check out this tutorial created by Marc Charmois...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chart Control How-to: Improve Chart Performance

    There are several main areas that affect performance of the chart: Data binding. Rendering of the chart visual elements. Streaming chart image from the server to the client. ( ASP.NET only ) The following chart scenarios may have a major impact on performance and we going to discuss...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chart Control How-to: Using in a SharePoint web site

    Thanks to Marc Charmois we have a very nice example of using the chart control in the SharePoint web site. Here is a link to his post … I will continue collecting links to all the good posts regarding the chart control in my blog. Alex.
  • Blog Post: Combining ASP.NET MVC and ASP.NET Charting Controls

    Melvin Harbour recently posted in his blog about using ASP.NET Chart control with ASP.NET MVC. Alex
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chart Control How-to: Add Rich Content Using Keywords

    Adding Labels or Tooltips is a simple task in the chart, but what if we want to show more data than just a simple data point value? Keywords allows specifying rich content for many text based properties, so that you can build a tooltip as shown in this Bubble chart image. A Keyword is a specially...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Chart Control vs. Dundas Chart Control

    I get a lot of questions about 'relationship' of our Microsoft Chart Control to the well known Dundas Data Visualization controls. You can definitely see the similarities in the features, appearance, APIs and demos we use. So I will start with a little bit of history... Dundas is one of the leaders...
  • Blog Post: Creating 'small' charts with Microsoft Chart Control

    Designing a chart when you have limited space available or when it's size can be dynamically changed usually requires additional planning. I've been playing with a way to display sample data in a 300 by 500 pixels chart and here what I came up with: Figure 1: Chart size 300 by 500 pixels. I...
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