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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1

When I was playing Dundas chart controls, and looking more examples over internet, I have found Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1. My shame, I wasn't aware of this product. Hope useful for someone too.

Some information grabbed from a blog:

"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 in data visualization, who provides well known Chart, Gauge, Map and other visual controls for different Microsoft development platforms (ASP.NET, Windows Forms, SQL Reporting Services and SharePoint). Microsoft acquired Dundas Data Visualization Intellectual Property in April 2007 and is integrating this technology in different Microsoft products. New Chart and Gauge report items were already released as part of SQL Reporting Services 2008. We also announced the new Map report item which will be available in the next release of SSRS. Microsoft Chart controls (ASP.NET and Windows Forms), released at PDC 2008, also based on the source code acquired from Dundas! Microsoft Chart control is available as a separate installation for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and will be part of .NET Framework 4.0.

So what are the differences between Microsoft and Dundas controls?

Microsoft Chart control is based on Dundas Chart source code version 5.5. We spent significant amount of time making sure the control passes Microsoft security review and meets accessibility, API and other requirements. As a result there were a few changes including changes in the public API. Several features were also cut:

* Chart UI (Toolbar, Context Menu and Property Pages)
* Flash and SVG Rendering and Animations
* ASP.NET scrolling and zooming "

So its worth to play with it.

Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
Brief Description : ASP.NET and Windows Forms Chart Controls for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1
Overview : Microsoft Chart Controls for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 will install new assemblies that contain the ASP.NET and Windows Forms Chart Controls.

Microsoft Chart Controls Add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
Brief Description : Visual Studio 2008 Add-on for the Chart Controls
Overview : This package requires Microsoft Chart Controls for .NET Framework 3.5. This package provides Visual Studio toolbox integration and IntelliSense for the ASP.NET and Windows Forms Chart controls.

After installing those two files you will see "Chart" control under "Data" controls toolbox tab.

Samples Environment for Microsoft Chart Controls

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