Charting improvements

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  1. Jon
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    Posted 20 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hi,

    I'm currently looking to improve on the dashboard appearance of my site and I've been tasked to look at gauge controls as well as the charting controls.  While the Telerik controls are great the charting controls seem to be somewhat inferior in appearance and customisation to many of the competitor products.  And obviously at the moment there are no gauge controls for ASP.net.

    Will the upcoming release provide much in the way of charting improvements and even introduction of gauge controls?

    If there are no major improvements coming in the next release, are there any known issues surrounding the mixing of Telerik controls and DevExpress charting controls?

    Speaking of the next release, is it still scheduled for the first week of June?

    Regards,

    Jon
  2. Giuseppe
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    Posted 21 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hello Jon,

    We would suggest you to check our Silverlight charting and gauge controls that you can easily integrate into your ASP.NET applications as demonstrated in this online example here. You can find more information on integrating our Silverlight controls in ASP.NET here.

    At the moment we do not have any immediate plans on developing GDI+ based version of RadGauge for ASP.NET and we have not planned any major improvements for the ASP.NET charting control for Q2 2009 either. As for the next release -- there is a service pack release scheduled for the beginning of June, and the Q2 release should be out in the beginning of July.


    Best wishes,
    Manuel
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  3. Jon
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    Posted 21 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Manuel,

    Thanks for the information. 

    I've just had a look at the example and won't be able to use it.  Looks great and all that but it's still silverlight.  Silverlight seems like a very bad choice at the moment as so few people have it installed the chances are that some of the critical corporate users of any system will not be able to use it.

    What would be good is to be able to use silverlight when possible on the client pc but if the server detects that the client cannot do silverlight then it will simply display the end unanimated result as an jpg.  I assume that there is no way to generate the silverlight control on the server and get the jpg end result?  Obviously some silverlight controls cannot be converted to a jpg but charts and gauges certainly could.

    I am assuming that there would be a overhead to this but I'm sure that there would be a way of reducing the overhead.

    I take it that the service release will be bug fixes etc and no new functionality?

    Regards,

    Jon
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    Giuseppe
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    Posted 25 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hello Jon,

    Rendering Silverlight content on the server is unfortunately impossible -- Silverlight controls run in the client browser and they cannot be switched to "Server" mode in order to render static content. One possible solution is to gracefully degrade the Silverlight control as explained here for RadChart (unfortunately this is not applicable for RadGauge as there is no ASP.NET counterpart).

    As for the service pack -- it is mostly a maintenance release and no new functionality will be added.


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  5. Jon
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    Posted 28 May 2009 Link to this post

    Hi Manuel,

    Thanks for the information.  It's a shame that MS were so shortsighted when designing SilverLight that they didn't make some kind of facility for static server rendition.  You'd have thought that the lessons would have been learnt from prior products that commercial organisations wouldn't allow to be installed.

    Regards,

    Jon
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