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Microsoft today announced the (out-of-band) release of the ASP.NET Chart Control for Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. The ASP.NET Chart Control is a free, full-featured chart control package which enables developers to easily add rich data visualization to ASP.NET and Windows Forms applications. Acquired from Dundas Software, the industry leader in .NET charting solutions, the ASP.NET Chart Control is a highly comprehensive, powerful, and easy-to-use solution for adding simple to advanced interactive charts and graphs to applications with minimal coding. Similar functionality resulting from the technology acquisition from Dundas was released earlier in SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services Report Builder 2.0.
Releasing this technology in the .NET Framework will save developers effort by allowing their end users to quickly setup and visually configure charts without writing a single line of code. Until now, customers had to purchase this capability from 3rd party vendors or spend a great deal of effort developing their own controls.
Overview of Features
Samples Environment Microsoft provides a sample environment for ASP.NET Chart Control geared towards getting developers started fast. The sample environment includes over 200 samples for both ASP.NET and Windows Forms and include the C# Source Code for each sample. The samples enable developers to see the Chart Controls in action as well as use the code as templates. Samples to get your development started are available on MSDN (http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/mschart).