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Clint Singer
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Clint Singer asked on 16 Mar 2011, 10:50 PM
Hi,

Does the TimeBar go as far down as showing hours, minutes, seconds?  At a minimum I need to be able to go as far as showing hours within the same day.  If it doesn't support it, it would be great to be able to pick the min and max steps that it can go.  Perhaps when drilling down into a day, it breaks it down to hours then minutes, then seconds but expanding past a day only shows days.

Cheers,
Clint

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Vladimir Milev
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answered on 17 Mar 2011, 09:29 AM
Hello Clint Singer,

Thanks a bunch for taking a look at RadTimeBar. We indeed considered hours, minutes etc. however, we didn't really have a clear idea what would be useful to our customers. There are several ways these can be implemented:

1) We could simply add hours, minutes, seconds etc. however the ratios between days, hours, minutes are quite big sometimes: 1:24, 1:60, etc. This and the fact that the format strings for hours, minutes etc. are not as short as the format strings for days makes a weird looking timebar with very long groups and very short and clustered items.

2) Alternatively we can introduce more granular units such as: half day, quarterday, 3 hours, 6 hours, half an hour, 15min, etc. etc. It is tricky to get these right and we would like to see some more feedback on this from the community.

Once again, we appreaciate everyone joining in this discussion.

All the best,
Vladimir Milev
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answered on 29 Mar 2011, 01:03 AM
Hi Vladimir,

I would also be interested to have that granularity in your timebar, not sure if visually half day would be enough and note that some culture naturally divide the day in 4 quarters (not just AM/PM) so I would vote for a 1/4 ratio.
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answered on 30 Mar 2011, 08:09 AM
Hi Vladimir!
I need to illustrate how flight traffic changes for an airport over a day, we get the data on 30 min intervals, so to get the control to go down to hours would be nice. Tried to add the
<telerik:HourInterval />
but I guess its not implemented yet, finest interval I get is the day interval.

I totally understand the problem of showing to fine intervals with nice formatting, so seconds and minutes is probably too granular, but at least I think hours should be included. Maybe with an option of grouping hours together, so that like
<telerik:HourInterval HourGrouping="3" />
only would go down to "3 am", "6 am" and so on.

Great control by the way!

/Paul
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Vladimir Milev
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answered on 30 Mar 2011, 11:08 AM
Hello jean-Marc, all

We WILL include more granular time periods. The control was released as BETA and we decided that we first want to hear what our customers have to say about the feature. We like the feedback so far and we will try to incorporate all ideas into the control.

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Christopher
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answered on 13 Apr 2011, 04:09 PM
Great to hear you are adding smaller time intervals, When do you think they will be released?
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Vladimir Milev
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answered on 15 Apr 2011, 02:36 PM
Hello jean-Marc,

Currently we can commit to a Q2 release for the smaller time intervals. We are still researching, testing, and trying a few things and intesively collecting feedback.

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answered on 13 May 2011, 09:36 AM
Hi Vladimir,

My task requires me to display intervals with granularity going down to the second in the RadTimeBar control. I was wondering how collecting of the feedback goes and what intervals would be available in the release. Can you please give me an idea of what certain intervals would be included in the nearest time?

At the moment I was able to implement what I need by inheriting from IntervalBase class and defining my own custom intervals. Unfortunately IntervalBase class is defined internal and because of that I had to make a custom build of the RadTimeBar which I try avoid. So my second question is if that would be possible just to make IntervalBase public in the future release to give users an ability to create their custom intervals?

Thanks in advance,
Alexander
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Vladimir Milev
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answered on 13 May 2011, 03:31 PM
Hello Alexander,

We will include seconds for sure. For the moment we intentionally left the class internal - so that we retain control on how extensibility is done. We are curious to see your implementation of a custom interval. Once we get a grip on how customers use the feature and would like to customize the control we will provide some points for extensibility.

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answered on 13 May 2011, 04:04 PM
Hi Vladimir,

Thank you for your response.

Working separately I feel that I used the way #1 at your post from Mar 17 first and that caused exactly the described behavior - long groups and short items. It even won't show me minutes within an hour until 30 of them were able to fit the screen. Otherwise I had just a long-long hour item which even had the label out of the sight area. When I used the approach that you describe as the way #2 and introduced HalfHourInterval, DozenMinuteInterval, MinuteInterval, TenSecondInterval, SecondInterval. Which led to much nicer look and feel due to less time difference between intervals.

I posted my implementation for the TenSecondInterval interval below. It's quite straightforward and just follows the conventions that are defined in out of the box intervals from version 2011.1.419. The other intervals are implemented in a similar way.

I can't say that these intervals are examples from real life scenarios. That was just part of my research for the future task. I am looking forward to know what exactly would be the extensibility points in the release. And can you please point we with an approximate date when this feature becomes available?

Thanks,
Alexander

/// <summary>
/// Defines an interval of 10 seconds.
/// </summary>
public class TenSecondInterval : IntervalBase
{
    private static readonly Func<DateTime, string>[] formatters;
    private const int Weight = 1350;
    private const int RowCount = 6;
 
    static TenSecondInterval()
    {
        formatters = new Func<DateTime, string>[]
        {
            date => date.ToString("HH:mm:ss.fff"),
            date => date.ToString("HH:mm:ss"),
            date => date.ToString("mm:ss"),
            date => date.ToString("ss")
        };
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets the code that identifies this interval uniquely.
    /// </summary>
    /// <value>The code.</value>
    internal override int Code
    {
        get
        {
            return Weight;
        }
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets a collection of formatters used to convert DateTime objects
    /// to specific strings.
    /// </summary>
    /// <value>The formatters.</value>
    internal override Func<DateTime, string>[] Formatters
    {
        get
        {
            return formatters;
        }
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Gets the smallest period.
    /// </summary>
    /// <value>The smallest period.</value>
    internal override TimeSpan SmallestPeriod
    {
        get
        {
            return TimeSpan.FromSeconds(10);
        }
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Creates the string measurement table.
    /// </summary>
    /// <returns></returns>
    internal override string[,] CreateStringMeasurementTable()
    {
        string[,] secondsList = new string[this.Formatters.Length, RowCount];
 
        DateTime sampleDate = new DateTime(2000, 10, 30, 0, 0, 0);
 
        for (int secondIndex = 0; secondIndex < RowCount; secondIndex++)
        {
            for (int formatIndex = 0; formatIndex < this.Formatters.Length; formatIndex++)
            {
                secondsList[formatIndex, secondIndex] = this.Formatters[formatIndex](sampleDate);
            }
            sampleDate = sampleDate.AddSeconds(10);
        }
 
        return secondsList;
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Extracts the interval start from the specified DateTime object.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="date">The date.</param>
    /// <returns></returns>
    internal override DateTime ExtractIntervalStart(DateTime date)
    {
        return new DateTime(date.Year, date.Month, date.Day, date.Hour, date.Minute, date.Second - (date.Second % 10));
    }
 
    /// <summary>
    /// Increments the specified date.
    /// </summary>
    /// <param name="date">The date.</param>
    /// <returns></returns>
    internal override DateTime IncrementByInterval(DateTime date)
    {
        return date.AddSeconds(10);
    }
}


Thanks,
Alexander
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Missing User
answered on 18 May 2011, 02:36 PM
Hello Alexander,

For the upcoming release we are going to include smaller periods - minutes and seconds. The release will be approximately at the mid of July. We are also planning to introduce IntervalSpan property which will provide functionality for grouping the interval items together. For example you will be able to group the seconds by 10.

Best wishes,
Polina
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Mark Andrews
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answered on 21 May 2011, 09:01 AM
Hello,
In terms of 'collecting of the feedback' from end-users and how they might need to use the TimeBar I would like to mention the following.

The TimeBar is exactly what I want and I have specific needs for Time ranges of 10's of seconds with TimeIntervals down to the second. For example end-users of my application have hundreds of trials of 5000-10000 data points collected over 5-40 second periods.

Thanks for a great component, looking forward to the next release.
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Missing User
answered on 25 May 2011, 12:05 PM
Hi Mark Andrews,

Thank you for your feedback. It is highly appreciated. From the described scenario I understand that you need seconds interval and a possibility for grouping it by more than one span, e.g. "1,5,10" . This will be available for the upcoming release. If my assumption is not correct, could you please provide more details about this scenario? Thank you in advance.

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Polina
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answered on 26 Aug 2011, 04:17 PM
I've downloaded the July relase of the silverlight rad controls, and I see that I can add the minutes and seconds intervals, however I am not able to 'zoom' to anything less than an hour on the timebar.  Additionally, I can only zoom using my mouse wheel down to the day level.  If I want anything smaller than a day (which right now is only hours) then I need to drag the ends of the resizable toolbar.

So it seems that you have added the new intervals, but they do little good unless I am missing something.
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Tsvetie
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answered on 31 Aug 2011, 01:40 PM
Hi Avery,
Due to a limitation in Silverlight framework, we have enforced a constraint for zoom-in to maximum of 30 000 pixels. Depending on the period range that the timebar shows, the minimum interval that can be displayed, might be different from the minimum interval that you have added in the Intervals collection. I suppose the period range of your timebar is large and when you try to zoom in to minutes and seconds, you hit the 30 000 pixel limit.

Best wishes,
Tsvetie
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Dana
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answered on 28 Oct 2011, 01:12 PM
Is a similar limit applied to the timebar control under WPF?

Certainly seems to be.

We are plotting 3 months worth of data at 15 minute intervals, would like the ability to zoom in to hourly and then restrict selections to 8 hour blocks [used to display the same data with a RadChart kept in sync]

Restricting the overall range to 1 month and it works.
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Tsvetie
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answered on 02 Nov 2011, 02:34 PM
Hello Dana,
Yes, you are correct - the constraint is applied in both the Silverlight and WPF versions of the control and currently, there is no way to influence this, with the exception of modifying the source code, of course. Basically, there is no reason for this constraint in WPF, but consistency. Once we introduce UI virtualization for RadSparkline, this constraint will no longer be necessary. However, for the time being, I cannot give you an estimate for this feature.

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Tsvetie
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Grant
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answered on 08 Oct 2012, 09:46 AM
Hi there,

I am running the 725 release from this year, where EnableSparklineVirtualization is set to true,
and I can't zoom into days based on the amount of data.

Is there something I need to do? or is there still a limit to the depth one can go?

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Tsvetie
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answered on 10 Oct 2012, 05:21 PM
Hi Grant,

We removed the constraint for the WPF version of the control with Q2 2012 SP2. In order to take advantage of this improvement, one should specify a custom MinZoomRange value for the timeBar control. The default behavior of the control has not changed.

However, the constraint is still respected for the Silverlight version of the control. There are two reasons for that:
  • EnableSparklineVirtualization controls only data virtualization for the sparkline. We have not yet introduced UI virtualization for the sparkline-in-timeBar scenario.
  • RadTimeBar is a content control - you can add any content to it and that includes content that is not virtualized. Thus, for the general case, we cannot remove the constraint for the Silverlight version of the control.

What I can tell you, is that once we have completed the task, described in the first bullet list item, we will consider implementing a means for disabling the constraint in the sparkline-in-timeBar specific case.

Greetings,
Tsvetie
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answered on 29 Jan 2014, 07:16 AM
Hi Alex,

We are using RadTimeBar Control in which we are showing daily shifts interval which are currently hardecoded as 8 which sows three slots in the bar for 24 hours.
But now we wanted this as 4,6,4,6,4.

So could you please suggest the solution for custumizing intervals it will be helpful if you share xaml code also.

Telerik Helpdesk shared following sample but still I am not getting as I am new to WPF as well as to Telerik controls

public class TimeBarDayCustomInterval : IntervalBase {
    private static readonly Func<DateTime, string>[] formatters;

    static TimeBarDayCustomInterval()
    {
        formatters = new Func<DateTime, string>[]
        {
            date => date.ToString("ddd, d"),
            date => date.Day.ToString(),
        };
    }

    public override Func<DateTime, string>[] Formatters
    {
        get
        {
            return formatters;
        }
    }

    public override TimeSpan MinimumPeriodLength
    {
        get
        {
            return TimeSpan.FromDays(1);
        }
    }

    public override DateTime ExtractIntervalStart(DateTime date)
    {
        return date.Date;
    }

    public override DateTime IncrementByInterval(DateTime date, int intervalSpan)
    {
        return date.AddDays(intervalSpan);
    }
}


Thanking you in advance

Regards
Sunil Gore
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Sunil
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answered on 29 Jan 2014, 07:20 AM
Hi Tsvetie/Vladimir,

I am using RadTimeBar Control in which we are showing daily shifts interval which are currently hardcoded(Fixed) as 8 which shows three slots in the bar for 24 hours.
But now we wanted this as 4,6,4,6,4.

So could you please suggest the solution for custumizing intervals it will be helpful if you share xaml code also.

Telerik Helpdesk shared following sample but still I am not getting as I am new to WPF as well as to Telerik controls

public class TimeBarDayCustomInterval : IntervalBase {
    private static readonly Func<DateTime, string>[] formatters;

    static TimeBarDayCustomInterval()
    {
        formatters = new Func<DateTime, string>[]
        {
            date => date.ToString("ddd, d"),
            date => date.Day.ToString(),
        };
    }

    public override Func<DateTime, string>[] Formatters
    {
        get
        {
            return formatters;
        }
    }

    public override TimeSpan MinimumPeriodLength
    {
        get
        {
            return TimeSpan.FromDays(1);
        }
    }

    public override DateTime ExtractIntervalStart(DateTime date)
    {
        return date.Date;
    }

    public override DateTime IncrementByInterval(DateTime date, int intervalSpan)
    {
        return date.AddDays(intervalSpan);
    }
}


Thanking you in advance

Regards
Sunil Gore
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Tsvetie
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answered on 30 Jan 2014, 11:42 AM
Hi Sunil,

I am not quite sure I understand the problem that you report completely. That is why, please correct me if I misunderstood your requirement.

In case I understand you correctly, you want to implement a custom interval type that has irregular items. This custom interval would generate five items for every day - three items with 4 hour duration and two items with 6 hour duration.

If this is that case, you could try implementing a custom interval using the template that you already have. Your custom interval could look like the following:
public class TimeBarHourCustomInterval : IntervalBase
{
    private static readonly Func<DateTime, string>[] formatters;
 
    static TimeBarHourCustomInterval()
    {
        formatters = new Func<DateTime, string>[]
        {
            date => date.ToString("HH")
        };
    }
 
    public override Func<DateTime, string>[] Formatters
    {
        get
        {
            return formatters;
        }
    }
 
    public override TimeSpan MinimumPeriodLength
    {
        get
        {
            return TimeSpan.FromHours(1);
        }
    }
 
    public override DateTime ExtractIntervalStart(DateTime date)
    {
        return new DateTime(date.Year, date.Month, date.Day, date.Hour, 0, 0);
    }
 
    public override DateTime IncrementByInterval(DateTime date, int intervalSpan)
    {
        if (intervalSpan == 1)
        {
            if (date.Hour == 0)
                return date.AddHours(4);
            else if (date.Hour == 4)
                return date.AddHours(6);
            else if (date.Hour == 10)
                return date.AddHours(4);
            else if (date.Hour == 14)
                return date.AddHours(6);
 
            return date.AddHours(4);
        }
 
        return date.AddHours(intervalSpan);
    }
}

Please note that this scenario is not supported by the control and you need to test it thoroughly before you decide whether you could you it in your application.

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Tsvetie
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answered on 07 Feb 2014, 10:22 AM
Hi Tsvetie,

Thanks for the solution it worked for me :)
Great Help!!

Now I want my timebar intervals to appear as attached.
Please suggest how to add the caption for intervals as shown in the attached image (1st Image)

Thanking you in advance.

Regards
Sunil Gore
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answered on 07 Feb 2014, 10:53 AM
Hi Tsvetie,

Correction to previous reply. (Want timebar as following image) 
1st Image => Timebar With Start and End Intervals with AM-PM.jpg

Regards
Sunil Gore

Using following xaml code 
<telerik:RadTimeBar Grid.Column="1" x:Name="TimeBar" Height="60" SelectionChanged="TimeBar_SelectionChanged">
<telerik:RadTimeBar.Intervals>
    <telerik:DayInterval/>
                    <local:TimeBarHourCustomInterval/>                    
    </telerik:RadTimeBar.Intervals>               
</telerik:RadTimeBar> 






































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Tsvetie
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answered on 12 Feb 2014, 12:17 PM
Hello Sunil,

In order to change the format of the strings in your custom interval, you need to change the formatters collection. In the code that I sent you, I used "date => date.ToString("HH")". You can change this string according to your scenario. For information on format strings please refer to the following online resources:

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