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Thank you everyone for turning out to Tuesday’s XAMLflix Data Visualization webinar, featuring the RadControls for Silverlight and WPF in action. We covered a lot of ground in this webinar, moving at a quick pace to present the wide range of Telerik Data Visualization controls with lots of hands-on coding and examples, but as those who attended can see we didn’t even have time to cover them all (yes, we do have that many first class data visualization controls in our toolbox).

A Quick Recap

For anyone who may have missed the webinar, here is a quick recap to entice you to watch the on-demand video:

  • ChartView – Exploring the designer widgets that enable you to quickly generate a Cartesian or Polar chart. Or, if you’re brand new to RadChartView this provides a great option for seeing how the different charting elements play together.
  • DataBars – Quick, to-the-point visualizations that provide a bar representing a single value, multiple values, or multiple values in proportion to one another-- complete with a lightweight axis to give a better scope on your data.
  • Gauge – Our newly redesigned Gauge is more fluid and easier to use than ever before. Additionally, in the spirit of ChartView the new Gauge is built using an additive process, meaning you can include as many range markers and indicators as you would like.
  • Sparklines – Similar to DataBars, the Sparklines provide mini-charts that allow you to put more meaning behind smaller groups of data. Whether you need linear, area, scatter, column, or win-loss charts, Sparklines provide quick and lightweight visualizations that can easily be incorporated into your GridView templates.
  • TimeBar – When working with DateTime-based data, TimeBar provides a quick and easy way to visualize large amounts of data over time while offering built-in support for zooming, scrolling, and selection of time spans. It works best when integrated with our Chart and features RadSparklines for visualizing data.
  • Timeline – Another look at DateTime-based data allows you to display both point-in-time data as well as duration-based events, allowing you to visualize (complete with the all-too-familiar zooming and scrolling feature!) events in a linear fashion.
  • TreeMap/PivotMap – Have a large amount of data that can benefit from some visual flair? Tree and PivotMap provide a visual representation of values using relative size, allowing you to see different values as well as offering hooks into the original data for tooltips or other visual customization.
  • Map – We didn’t have time to cover RadMap in the webinar, but thankfully I hit upon RadMap via the XAMLflix campaign already, so fear not, there are plenty of videos and projects just waiting to deliver you Mappy goodness online already – check ‘em out!

And remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our RadControls for Silverlight and WPF. But you’re in luck! We’ve got two more webinars scheduled for the next two weeks being presented by Michael Crump and Jesse Liberty, our resident XAML Evangelists – follow this link to register for both.

Call to Action

What, you mean I want you folks to do something after reading all of that?

Most certainly! Telerik is a company driven by customer feedback, so in addition to the XAMLflix campaign we have a few other things in the pipeline to help you make the most of our Silverlight and WPF suites, but when it comes down to it we want to hear from you to know what kinds of resources help you to best adopt and use our controls. So drop me a line in the comments and say “Hey Evan, it would rock if you folks could produce XYZ!” and we’ll put it in the pipeline. Seriously, right now we are bursting at the seams with XAML Evangelism talent and we want to put it to work for our customers.

Now for the really good stuff – check out the on-demand video for the webinar here and feel free to download a copy of the project that I put together from this link. That way you can play along at home and experiment with these controls from the comfort of your workstations.

Thanks and stay tuned for more from the XAML team and 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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