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Dundas Data Visualization · Technical Newsletter

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Editor's Note: The busy season

As the end of the year approaches, most of us are inundated with holidays, parties, visits to friends and family, and ridiculously busy weekends. All of us here at Dundas Data Visualization, Inc. would like to wish you, your family, and your co-workers a happy and safe holiday season and all the best in 2009!


Microsoft Silverlight

Dundas is proud to announce the upcoming release of Silverlight capabilities for Dundas Chart for ASP.NET. This exciting new add-on lets you integrate Dundas Chart for ASP.NET into Silverlight applications. A specialized front end is provided, making Silverlight integration quick and powerful — and all of your favorite ASP.NET interactive features are retained and even enhanced:

  • Full Hit Testing
  • Real-Time Charting
  • Image Tooltips
  • Text Tooltips
  • Drill Down
  • And more!

Setting up the Silverlight add-on is extremely easy and it lets you write rich and interactive features on the web for your charts. The official release of this outstanding functionality will be with Dundas Chart version 7.0 (under development) but you can get an alpha version shortly if you would like to do some early testing.

To receive a pre-release copy of the Silverlight add-on or if you simply have some questions, please email!

A live interactive demo can be found at on our server.

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.

Dundas Customer Dashboard Gallery

Send us screen shots of your dashboards that use Dundas components!

We're currently working on a new web page containing dashboards created by our clients with Dundas products. While the goal is to show off the great work someone outside of Dundas can do, it is understood that many customers have "non-public" dashboards. But if you have a dashboard image that can be shown publicly and it fits in with our messaging and theme, we'd love to include it!

Posting on the Dundas website is beneficial for both of our companies. Since your company will also be linked to the site, visitors who might not be familiar with you will have access to your website. This will not only increase the amount of traffic to your site, it will also provide you with some exposure for free. Additionally, Google uses the amount of people coming to your website from another source as part of their calculation for determining page ranking. So having a link on Dundas will also help you in that regard as well.

If any of this interests you, please send us a note!

Video Training

Dundas training videos are now available

Last month, the first batch of our ongoing series of Dundas Chart training videos was posted on our website:

We've got a bunch of new videos coming soon covering various Chart topics. Check them out and let us know what you think!


OLAP 6.2 beta, now on!

Dundas Chart .NET for OLAP Services 6.2 is in beta testing now, please visit the beta page for more information and to join the beta testing.


Got something you'd like to see in the technical newsletter? We'd love to hear from you! Send us your ideas or join the Support Forum.

- Chris Herborth

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I've installed Map for SQL Server Reporting Services. Now what?

Getting started with Map for Reporting Services

Wondering where to get started with Dundas Map for Reporting Services? This tutorial helps first-time users understand how to use the Map control for SQL Server Reporting Services, without having to read a lot of material.

Read on to get started with Map for Reporting Services.

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OLAP Pie Chart Paging (Add-On)

Adding paging to an OLAP pie chart

The OLAP Chart already contains code for displaying pie charts. Each tuple retrieved from the OLAP cube is given its own pie chart. However, you may often have multiple pie charts which the OLAP chart will omit after it displays the first four.

Read on to find out how to add paging to your chart so the user can view more than four pie charts.

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Accessing Report Parameters in the Code Editor

Accessing report parameters in the code editor

Accessing report parameters in the code editor lets you customize the Chart, Gauge or Map controls at run-time, based on user-selectable report parameters. This lets you change any aspect of the control based on a user selection!

Read on to find out how to use report parameters from the Code Editor in the Dundas controls for Reporting Services.

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Do Dundas SharePoint controls have external configuration files and what do they control?

SharePoint configuration files

Both Dundas SharePoint products (Chart and Gauge) have an external configuration file named app.config.

Read on to find out what these configuration files do, and how to modify them.

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How can I group the data in my chart? (SharePoint)

Grouping data in Chart for SharePoint

Follow the suggestions in this article to find out how to use the SharePoint Code Editor, create methods and customize your chart with grouping labels.

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Get more out of Dundas Chart in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Data Source Binding

The Data Source Binding sample demonstrates using the DataSource property to bind a chart to an existing data source. You can find it in the Dundas Chart Samples Environment (under Working with Data → Data Binding → Data Source Binding).

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Get more out of Dundas Gauge in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Templates

The Templates sample demonstrates applying different appearance templates to a gauge dynamically at run-time. You can find it in the Dundas Gauge Samples Environment (under Gauge Container → Templates).

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Get more out of Dundas Map in your applications.

Featured Sample

Sample - Navigation Panel Appearance

The Navigation Panel Appearance sample demonstrates how you can control the appearance of different aspects of the navigation panel. You can find it in the Dundas Map Samples Environment (under Appearance → Navigation Panel).

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