Line Chart

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Short Description

The Line Chart is represented by the LineSeriesView object, which belongs to Point, Line and Spline Series Views. This view allows you to show trends for multiple series on the same diagram, and to compare the values of multiple series for the same point arguments.

A Line chart is shown in the image below. Note that this chart type is based upon the XYDiagram, so it can be rotated to show bars either vertically or horizontally.

SeriesView_LineSeries.png

Chart Type Characteristics

The table below lists the main characteristics of this chart type.

Feature Value
Series View type LineSeriesView
Diagram type 2D-XYDiagram
Number of arguments per series point 1
Number of values per series point 1
NOTE

For information on which chart types can be combined with the Line Chart, refer to the following help topic: Combining Different Series Views.

Example

The following example creates a ChartControl with a series of the LineSeriesView type, and adds this chart to a form at runtime. Before proceeding with this example, first create a Windows Forms Application in Visual Studio, and add all required assemblies to the project's References list.

Then, add the following code to the Form.Load event handler.

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.XtraCharts;
// ...

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    // Create a new chart.
    ChartControl lineChart = new ChartControl();

    // Create a line series.
    Series series1 = new Series("Series 1", ViewType.Line);

    // Add points to it.
    series1.Points.Add(new SeriesPoint(1, 2));
    series1.Points.Add(new SeriesPoint(2, 12));
    series1.Points.Add(new SeriesPoint(3, 14));
    series1.Points.Add(new SeriesPoint(4, 17));

    // Add the series to the chart.
    lineChart.Series.Add(series1);

    // Set the numerical argument scale types for the series,
    // as it is qualitative, by default.
    series1.ArgumentScaleType = ScaleType.Numerical;

    // Access the view-type-specific options of the series.
    ((LineSeriesView)series1.View).MarkerVisibility = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.True;
    ((LineSeriesView)series1.View).LineMarkerOptions.Kind = MarkerKind.Triangle;
    ((LineSeriesView)series1.View).LineStyle.DashStyle = DashStyle.Dash;

    // Access the type-specific options of the diagram.
    ((XYDiagram)lineChart.Diagram).EnableAxisXZooming = true;

    // Hide the legend (if necessary).
    lineChart.Legend.Visibility = DevExpress.Utils.DefaultBoolean.False;

    // Add a title to the chart (if necessary).
    lineChart.Titles.Add(new ChartTitle());
    lineChart.Titles[0].Text = "A Line Chart";

    // Add the chart to the form.
    lineChart.Dock = DockStyle.Fill;
    this.Controls.Add(lineChart);
}
TIP

For the complete sample project, see the following DevExpress Support Center example: http://www.devexpress.com/example=E1208.

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