Designing Charts with ASP.NETMay 19, 2015
The Microsoft Chart Controls were released in September 2008 as a stand-alone product for the .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.The Microsoft Chart Controls are an encompassing set of charts for WinForms and ASP.NET applications. Despite being a first release, the Chart Controls suite offers a wide array of chart types and charting features. The Chart Controls offer all of the standard chart types - line charts, bar charts, pie charts, and so forth - as well as more specialized ones, like pyramid and bubble charts. The Chart Controls suite offers a comprehensive set of charting features, including support for multiple series, customizable legends, trend lines, and labels. And the Chart Controls API makes it easy to sort, search, filter, group, and export the chart data. There are no wizards to guide you through customizing the chart's look and feel and specifying its data source. Instead, you have to set the properties and bind the chart data yourself. While the Microsoft Chart Controls have some rough edges, their cost (free), number of chart types, and array of supported charting features make them an excellent choice for adding charts to an ASP.NET web application.