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Tech Tips, Tricks & Trivia

by 'Anil' Radhakrishna
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Free ASP.NET Charting Tools

Luckily for ASP.NET developers there are some cool free ASP.NET Charting Tools that are as good as the commercial ones.

1. Microsoft Chart controls -
Some interesting facts:
  • 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.
  • Microsoft Chart controls (ASP.NET and Windows Forms) was released at PDC 2008
  • Microsoft Chart control is based on Dundas Chart source code version 5.5
  • Microsoft Chart control is available as a separate installation for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and will be part of .NET Framework 4.0.
2. CarlosAg's WebChart  control  -
  • Supports 8 chart types
  • Can be used with WinForms & Web
3. Google Charts API
  • Includes a growing number of Image & Interactive chart types
  • API is URL based which means; no installation of any components is required
4. NPlot
5. FusionCharts Free
  • Flash-based
  • Provides 22 popular charts like Column, Line, Pie, Bar, Doughnut, Area, Stacked, Candlestick and Funnel Chart.
  • Charts partially support AJAX functionality.

(Last updated on 31-Mar-09)
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