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Simple Bar Chart for Pocket PC

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16 Nov 2005CPOL2 min read
Generate a simple bar chart for Pocket PC.


I recently had to generate a bar chart for a Pocket PC application. There are a lot of materials on the web on this issue, articles, freeware, etc., but I couldn't find anything that worked for a compact framework.

Some times as a developer I think why take so much time to solve something that some body has already done? Well this time it wasn't the case so, I decided to work around the problem myself.

Using the code

The application posted in this article contains a compact Windows Forms project written in C# with a single form with no controls. It takes in the Load event of the PocketBarGraph component and fills it with dummy data as you can see below. The rest is done through the component and the Paint event of that form. The trick here is to send the System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs of the argument of the form's Paint event to the graphMotor:

private GraphMotor graph;
private void Data_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
    //A new motor
    graph = new GraphMotor();      

    //I add two series of data
    graph.Graphs.Add(new ListData());
    graph.Graphs.Add(new ListData());

    //Set the color for each one
    graph.Graphs[0].DisplayColor = Color.DarkBlue;
    graph.Graphs[1].DisplayColor = Color.DarkGreen;

    PocketGraphBar.GraphPoint p;

    //Generate de dumy data
    for(int i = 1; i < 11; i++)
       //A new point
       p = new PocketGraphBar.GraphPoint();
       p.X = Convert.ToDecimal(i);
       p.Y = Convert.ToDecimal(i * 100);

       //Another new point
       p = new PocketGraphBar.GraphPoint();
       p.X = Convert.ToDecimal(i);
       p.Y = Convert.ToDecimal(i * 50);
private void Data_Paint(object sender, 
       System.Windows.Forms.PaintEventArgs e)
     //In the load event the the object was filled
     //Here we only set its properties
     graph.LeftMargin = 20;
     graph.LegendFont = new System.Drawing.Font("Arial", 
                        8.25F, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular);
     graph.AxisColor = Color.Black;
     graph.MaxHeight = 200;
     //The width of each bar
     graph.Thick = 6;
     //The number of bars wa want to see 
     //for each series of data
     graph.DisplayTimes = 10;
     //Now solve this
 catch(Exception ee)

Talking about the component, we have three classes:

  • GraphMotor: Is the controller class that resolves all the logic.
  • ListGraphs: Is a collection of a series of data we want to graph. It means we can have a composite bar chart.
  • ListData: Is a collection of the data we want to graph.
  • GraphPoint: A single key pair value, X and Y where Y depends on the value of X.

The namespace of these classes is PocketGraphBar.

Points of interest

  • I have used the decimal type in GraphPoint in order to put any kind of value using a simple cast or Convert.
  • The height of each bar is determined by value / maxValue * maxLength so don't worry if you need to graph values of N digits, scaling will be done.
  • It is possible to put any number of series of data with N key pair values since ListData and ListGraphs classes implement System.Collections.ICollection.
  • It should work fine for common Windows Forms applications.

Just remember the look and feel depends on the logic of the data you enter, this was designed for smart devices applications so don't expect too much. Bar charts consist of collections of X and Y values where X is continuous (1,2,3,4... or 2005, 2010, 2015...).

I think this would work as the basis to deliver more kinds of charts (pie, linear, area) but this work was done in just one afternoon.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)

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Pablo studied Information System Engineering and graduated on may 2001 although he always had the idea of becoming a writer, idea that has not escaped from sight. At the present he works as a software developer leader in a Insurance Company in the team of Systems for Sale Force developing tools for policy selling. He has experience with Dot Net since May 2002 and has reached the third Start recognition from MSDN Latin America. He has knowledge in Compact Framework, Windows Forms and Asp Net. Pablo looks forward that his contributions in this forums help the comunity at the Code Project.

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Büşra ATAYETER14-Jun-14 8:54
Büşra ATAYETER14-Jun-14 8:54 
GeneralThanks! And a question Pin
Sean Zlatnik24-Mar-10 15:55
Sean Zlatnik24-Mar-10 15:55 
GeneralI couldn't open the project properly. Pin
reinareina26-Mar-09 2:41
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
tecnic14-Jan-09 23:11
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Generalscaling problem Pin
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GeneralPie chart... Pin
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GeneralMe parece muy interesante Pin
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