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Dundas Data Visualization · Technical Newsletter

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Editor's Note: End of Summer

You might think that things grind to a halt towards the end of summer. Lots of people take vacations and business in general slows down.

Not here at Dundas! We've all been working very hard on new versions of our products (there are four beta programs going on as I write this) to help improve your development experience. So very busy!

SQL Server Magazine loves Chart

Editor's Best 2008

SQL Server Magazine has given Dundas Chart for .NET an "Editor’s Best Award" in the Best Development Tools category! Congratulations to the Chart team!

Dashboarding and Business Intelligence

Dashboard Insight

Dundas continues to be a proud sponsor of Dashboard Insight, the premier online magazine for all things dashboard. At the DI website, you can find an incredibly large collection of dashboard articles written by some of the best minds in the industry, as well as daily news updates, white papers and interviews with today's business leaders. In addition, DI has recently launched an online catalog hosting information on the absolute best companies in the space.

New Releases

Chart 6.2 Localization support

Dundas Chart for Reporting Services, SQL Server 2008 edition is now available!

Betas

Gauge RS 2008

Dundas Chart for SharePoint 2.0 and Dundas Gauge for SharePoint 2.0 are in beta testing now, as well as the SQL Server 2008 edition of Dundas Chart.

Visit the beta page for more information and to join the beta testing.

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- Chris Herborth

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Articles

Creating Custom Chart Types with Dundas Chart 6.2

Custom chart type - Sparkline

One of the most exciting features of Dundas Chart 6.2 is the ability to create custom chart types. Any developer using Chart 6.2 (and the CustomChartTypeHelper assembly that comes with Chart) can create their own chart types that act like the built-in charts. Custom chart types created this way will work only at run time, they will not appear in the Visual Studio designer. You can, however, add them to the Dundas Chart Builder (starting with Version 3.0).

Read on to see how to create your own custom chart types!

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How can I implement drill-down with Dundas Map for ASP.NET?

Map drill-down

There are two common methods for implementing drill-down with Dundas Map for ASP.NET: using the Map Click event or setting the Href property on each Shape and passing the information as a Query String URL parameter.

Read on to find out how.

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Chart

Get more out of Dundas Chart in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Populating the Chart with Data

The Populating the Chart with Data sample demonstrates how to populate a chart series with data from an array. You can find it in the Dundas Chart Samples Environment (under Getting Started → Basic Data Population).

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Featured Property

This month's feature Chart property is the Area3DStyle property found on chart area objects.

The Area3DStyle property lets you enable and control 3D drawing for the specified chart area. By using multiple chart areas, you can also easily mix 2D and 3D charts in the same application.

To enable 3D for a chart area, set the Area3DStyle's Enable3D property to true.

Area3DStyle also lets you control clustering of bar and column chart series, the type of 3D lighting, perspective, rotation angles and more.

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Gauge

Get more out of Dundas Gauge in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Positioning Gauges in the Gauge Container

The Positioning Gauges in the Container sample demonstrates positioning (and sizing) elements in a gauge container. You can find it in the Dundas Gauge Samples Environment (under Gauge Container → Positioning Gauges).

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Featured Property

The CalculatedValues property found on InputValue objects (stored in the GaugeContainer.Values collection) gives you access to values calculated from the InputValue's history or from other calculated values.

Use CalculatedValues to find the average, integral, linear scaled value, maximum, minimum or rate of change for its InputValue.

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Map

Get more out of Dundas Map in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Map Frame

The Map Frame sample demonstrates Dundas Map's support for different frame styles and colors. You can find it in the Dundas Map Samples Environment (under Appearance → Map Frame).

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Featured Property

The ShowInColorSwatch property of ShapeRule objects lets you automatically populate a map's color swatch panel when set to true. When set to false, the colors generated by the ShapeRule are not added to the color swatch.

Set this property to true for any of your ShapeRules that generate shapes showing important information relevant to your application.

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