I was always for a “built-in” support of features in modern development environment. Even if it comes in basic form, we, as programmers, should have ability to do “basic” stuff without 3rd party involvement.
There are plenty of 3rd party solutions on the market which would help you include some kind of charting support with your ASP pages and WinForms applications – ChartFX, ComponentArt’s Charting, Dundas Chart – these are just few from many available on the market today.
As it turned out, Microsoft has decided to add out-of-the-box support for Charting as well – <asp:chart runat=”server”/>.
Read about it here – New ASP.NET Charting Control: <asp:chart runat=”server”/> by Scott Guthrie – everything you need to know about the .Net 3.5 framework new addition.
For additional information also visit Alex Gorev’s blog.
Note 1: Even though caption says it is ASP.Net solution, in the original you would find link to WinForms sample as well.
Note 2: Do not worry about Dundas copyright – “Microsoft acquired Dundas Data Visualization Intellectual Property in April 2007.”