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, 13 Mar 2006
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A basic charting package.

Windows Form example of project.

Introduction

I had some time this weekend, so I thought I’d try to throw together a charting package. The project was fun, but I did get a little carried away. The result is bar and line charting controls. The result contains both ASP.NET and Windows Forms based controls.

Using the code

The source code contains five projects, yes that is a lot. Two of the projects are test projects, ChadsCharts.WebTest and ChadsCharts.Test. Two projects are control wrappers, ChadsCharts.Web and ChadsCharts.WinForm. The last project is ChadsCharts.Imaging that does the real heavy lifting. All coding was done in VS2005.

  • ChadsCharts.Imaging

    Base rendering code. Generates the image for the chart.

  • ChadsCharts.Web

    ASP.NET control wrappers for charts.

  • ChadsCharts.WinForm

    WinForms control wrappers for charts.

  • WebTest

    Web test application.

  • ChadsCharts.Test

    Test application for ChadsCharts.WinForm.

You can use the Imaging classes directly to generate a chart, but you can also use controls in ChadsCharts.WinForm and ChadsChart.Web. To use the controls, you only really need to initialize a few members such as title and data. Each chart takes a DataSeriesCollection as input, and then automatically generates the chart associated with the data. The sample code below shows how to initialize a bar chart:

Private Sub InitBarChart()

    Dim series1 As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.DataSeries("Series1")
    series1.Color = Color.Red
    series1.Add(10)
    series1.Add(20)
    series1.Add(30)
    BarChart1.Data.Add(series1)

    Dim series2 As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.DataSeries("Sales2")
    series2.Color = Color.Blue
    series2.Add(30)
    series2.Add(20)
    series2.Add(10)
    BarChart1.Data.Add(series2)

End Sub

The code above creates two data series. Each series is given a name in the constructor (currently not used). The color of the series is specified with the Color member. Last items (all doubles) are added to the series through the Add method. Below is another example that initializes the line chart control:

Private Sub InitLineChart()

    Dim series1 As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.DataSeries("Series1")
    series1.Color = Color.Red
    series1.Add(10)
    series1.Add(21)
    series1.Add(42)
    LineChart1.Data.Add(series1)

    Dim series2 As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.DataSeries("Sales2")
    series2.Color = Color.Blue
    series2.Add(7)
    series2.Add(24)
    series2.Add(49)
    LineChart1.Data.Add(series2)

End Sub

The imaging classes can be used without the chart controls. For example, to create a bar chart image, just use ChadsChart.Imaging.BarChartImage. The code below shows how to use the BarChartImage class:

Private Sub GenerateImage_NoControl()

    Dim barChartImage As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.BarChartImage()
    barChartImage.Title = "A bar chart"
    barChartImage.Size = New Size(256, 256)

    Dim series1 As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.DataSeries("Series1")
    series1.Color = Color.Red
    series1.Add(10)
    series1.Add(20)
    series1.Add(30)
    barChartImage.Data.Add(series1)

    Dim series2 As New ChadsCharts.Imaging.DataSeries("Sales2")
    series2.Color = Color.Blue
    series2.Add(30)
    series2.Add(20)
    series2.Add(10)
    barChartImage.Data.Add(series2)

    barChartImage.ToImageFile("a_bar_chart.png", _
       System.Drawing.Imaging.ImageFormat.Png)

End Sub

Conclusion

I wouldn't recommend using this solution in anything that matters. As I said before, it was pretty much thrown together, but it was fun to do. This solution could be used as a jumping off point for other projects.

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About the Author

Chad Michel
Web Developer
United States United States
I am a software developer in Lincoln, NE. I do most of my work in VB.NET, but still dabble in C++.
I have a B.S. and M.S. from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Comments and Discussions

 
Questionusing ChadsCharts? Pinmembernewbie10123-Jul-07 10:39 
GeneralRe: lmd charts PinmemberRi Qen-Sin17-Apr-07 14:13 
GeneralCould not get to use them! Pinmemberisrishu30-Apr-06 3:08 

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