Scott Guthrie recently posted about a cool new ASP.NET server control that can be used for free with ASP.NET 3.5 to enable rich browser-based charting scenarios. If you had a look at the ASP.NET Charting Control offering, you may have noticed how obnoxiously similar the charts and sample project looks compared to that provided by Dundas Chart. Well, there’s good reason:
Microsoft acquired Dundas Data Visualization Intellectual Property in April 2007 and is integrating this technology in different Microsoft products. New Chart and Gauge report items were already released as part of SQL Reporting Services 2008. We also announced the new Map report item which will be available in the next release of SSRS. Microsoft Chart controls (ASP.NET and Windows Forms), released at PDC 2008, also based on the source code acquired from Dundas! Microsoft Chart control is available as a separate installation for .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and will be part of .NET Framework 4.0.
I’ve used Dundas products for quite some time and they have been very solid. The only place the product falls down is when one wishes to include Dundas charts as high-quality, printable images embedded within a PDF, for example. If you are interested in knowing more about the printing limitations, I can dig up some of the why-my-reports-look-great-online-but-look-like-crap-on-paper documentation I’ve compiled over the years.