What better way to spice up your Wednesday than by checking out some videos on one of the hot new controls in the RadControls for Silverlight and RadControls for WPF control suites? I certainly can't think of one! RadDataBars allow for a quick and easy display of data in a readable format, perfect for displaying KPIs or other business-centric data within your applications when what you need is an easy way to compare values or track progress over time.

For a quick recap, XAMLflix = Videos + Projects covering all of the controls in both the RadControls for Silverlight and RadControls for WPF control suites. We are revamping the entire video library with fresh new content based on the latest and greatest versions of our controls, complete with projects so you can grab the same code you see in the video and run with it.

RadDataBars - Making Data Display Easy

One of the best things about the RadDataBars is that they are as quick to learn as they are easy to use. Using any of the three types of DataBars, you can quickly add these controls to your projects for displaying key information in an easily readable format. Add the ability to customize the look and feel of the bars and you have a valuable tool to use for displaying KPIs or building dashboards that offer an immersive at-a-glance look at your important data.

  • Getting Started with RadDataBars - In this video we will take a look at the three versions of RadDataBars - DataBars, StackedDataBars, and Stacked100DataBars. We'll walk through creating all three versions of the DataBar as well as what properties set them apart, including how to get data displaying in each. (Download the project!)
  • Customizing DataBars - Once you've gotten comfortable with the three types of RadDataBars, the next step (obviously!) is to figure out how to customize these controls to better suit your business applications. See how you can control the axis display, add a data axis, control how the item label shows up in relation to the databar, and finally how you can control the colors being used for databars being drawn. (Download the project!)
  • Integrating with RadGridView - In the last video for today, we'll showcase how you can get up and running with the three types of RadDataBars integrated into RadGridView. You'll learn how to template GridView column cells to display RadDataBars to create a better overall look at your data at a glance. (Download the project!)

As you can see, there are a lot of possibilities for what you can do with RadDataBars. And this is only one control from the RadControls for Silverlight and WPF, so be sure to tune in to the XAMLflix page to catch up on past and future episodes.

Stay tuned for more from XAMLflix!

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About the Author

Evan Hutnick

works as a Developer Evangelist for Telerik specializing in Silverlight and WPF in addition to being a Microsoft MVP for Silverlight. After years as a development enthusiast in .Net technologies, he has been able to excel in XAML development helping to provide samples and expertise in these cutting edge technologies. You can find him on Twitter @EvanHutnick.


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