Providing Data

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The documents in this section detail several approaches used for providing data to a chart. To learn how a new empty chart can be embedded into your application, refer to the How to: Add a Chart to a Windows Forms Application document.

There are two ways of providing data to your chart.


Manual series creation - where each series is explicitly added to the chart's collection. A series isn't displayed unless it has points. Thus, populate your series with points in one of the two following ways:


Automatic series creation - where you specify a data source and a common template, based on which series are both created and populated automatically.

To learn about the most valuable series options, refer to Series.

The next document in this section is dedicated to Series Scale Types.

Finally, the Series Colorizer and Series Point Colorizer documents describe how to automatically provide colors to series points.