How to make a WinForms line chart

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How to make a WinForms line chart

Post by ArctionPasi » Tue Oct 04, 2016 1:46 pm

To make a very simple WinForms line chart, here is how...

Just add empty Form in the application, and apply the following code in it. CreateChart method creates the chart instance, and also creates the series. Chart line style is defined, and also points style. Both line and points are shown in this method.

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using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;

using Arction.WinForms.Charting;
using Arction.WinForms.Charting.Axes;
using Arction.WinForms.Charting.Views;
using Arction.WinForms.Charting.Views.ViewXY;
using Arction.WinForms.Charting.SeriesXY; 

namespace WindowsFormsApplication1
    public partial class Form1 : Form

        LightningChartUltimate _chart; 

        public Form1()
            InitializeComponent(); //This row is created already by Visual Studio. 


        void CreateChart()
            _chart = new LightningChartUltimate();
            _chart.Parent = this;
            _chart.Dock = DockStyle.Fill; 

            //BeginUpdate...EndUpdate is recommended to be used around chart property settings, 
            //so that the chart doesn't refresh every time when setting is changed. We only 
            //need to update it once. 

            //Set axis labels to numbers
            _chart.ViewXY.XAxes[0].ValueType = AxisValueType.Number; 

            //Create point line series
            PointLineSeries pls = new PointLineSeries(_chart.ViewXY, _chart.ViewXY.XAxes[0], _chart.ViewXY.YAxes[0]);
            //Set line style
            pls.LineStyle.Width = 1.5f;
            pls.LineStyle.Color = Color.Yellow;
            pls.LineVisible = true;

            //Set point style 
            pls.PointStyle.Shape = Shape.Circle;
            pls.PointStyle.GradientFill = GradientFillPoint.Solid;
            pls.PointStyle.Color1 = Color.OrangeRed;
            pls.PointStyle.BorderColor = Color.Orange;
            pls.PointStyle.BorderWidth = 1.5f;
            pls.PointsVisible = true;

            pls.Points = GeneratePoints(); 


             //Zoom to fit


        SeriesPoint[] GeneratePoints()
            int count = 100;
            SeriesPoint[] points = new SeriesPoint[count]; 
            Random rand = new Random(); 

            for (int i = 0; i < count; i++)
                points[i].X = i;
                points[i].Y = rand.NextDouble() * 10.0; 
            return points; 
The line chart application shows like this
WinForms line chart example
WinForms line chart example
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