Having a chart control in your arsenal is of great value because it visualizes significant information in an easily digestible manner. This is of great use for numerous scenarios - showing statistical data, displaying revenue and flow of numerical data, implementing reports, assembling analytics solutions, for pure scientific purposes or just for fun. A chart can be displayed in many different manners, e.g as shown below:
Implementing a chart solution, however, is a pretty time-consuming task and that is why we at Telerik decided to provide this powerful data visualization tool out of the box for our customers. With the new HtmlChart for ASP.NET AJAX you can have the summarized information displayed in a beautiful chart by simply setting a few properties, thus saving time and effort that you can put in implementing your custom business logic instead.
One might ask why we have developed RadHtmlChart when we already have RadChart? The main difference is that RadHtmlChart utilizes the latest technologies available today, as it is built on top of HTML5 and uses SVG under modern browsers and VML under old ones. We will soon publish a dedicated blog post providing a more detailed comparison between RadHtmlChart and RadChart in order to give you guidelines to help you when taking decision which one to choose and whether to upgrade and replace or not RadChart with RadHtmlChart for your particular case. Stay tuned!
The main features of Telerik’s ASP.NET AJAX HtmlChart are:
New chart types will be added as well in future. You can take a look at all currently available types in the “Chart Types” section of our online demos below: http://demos.telerik.com/aspnet-ajax/htmlchart/examples/overview/defaultcs.aspx
Other goodies – animation effect, ease of use, server API for programmatic creation, easy integration with other Telerik and standard ASP.NET controls, set of predefined skins, etc.
The RadHtmlChart control joined Telerik’s RadControls for ASP.NET AJAX with the Q2 2012 release – it offers much functionality in its first version but it is still a baby! We are considering further extending it in future, so please share your comments and feature requests with us. We will be glad to take them into account and make your development even more pleasant and easier! Doing our best to deliver more than expected to make our customers happy is one of our main priorities and having your opinion helps us do that.
Iana Tsolova is Product Manager at Telerik’s DevTools division. She joined the company back in the beginning of 2008 as a Support Officer and has since occupied various positions at Telerik, including Senior Support Officer, Team Lead at one of the ASP.NET AJAX teams and Technical Support Director. Iana’s main interests are web development, reading articles related to geography, wild nature and latest renewable energy technologies.