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The Microsoft Chart controls demos we have examined so far all use the Chart Web control to position the chart image on the web page and to configure a number of its stylistic settings. For example, while the Plotting Chart Data article showed several demos illustrating the different ways to specify the points to plot on the chart surface, all of these demos used a Chart Web control to indicate where on the page the chart should appear, along with its dimensions, its series, its chart areas, its colors, and so on. While the Chart Web control makes it easy to get started with the chart, it is not necessary. From the ASP.NET page’s code-behind class you can: programmatically create a Chart object; specify its width, height, colors, and other display-related properties; plot the charts data points through any of the mechanisms discussed in Plotting Chart Data ; and generate an image for the chart in a number of different image formats, saving the image data to a file or to a stream. Being able to programmatically configure the chart and generate the chart image is useful if you want to modify the chart image in some way before displaying it. Perhaps you want to add a watermark, or embed it inside a PDF file . Maybe you don’t want to display it at all, but instead want to send it as an attachment in an email, or save the image to the web server’s file system or to the database. Whatever the scenario, the good news is that the Microsoft Chart controls make it easy to programmatically create, customize, and generate the chart image. This article looks at how to programmatically create a chart. Specifically, we’ll see how to dynamically add a watermark to the generated chart image, as well as how to email the chart to a recipient. The demos in this installment do not use the Chart Web control at all; instead, the charts in these demos are created and rendered directly from the ASP.NET pages’ code-behind classes. Read on to learn more! Read More >

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