Telerik is a leading vendor in high-performance controls for Windows 8. These controls include bullet graphs, charts, gauges, grids and more. This course will walk you through the control suite and show you how to use each in turn.
Bullet Graph In this module, we'll be examining the bullet graph. The bullet graph was created by Stephen Few, and it's a variation on the bar graph that is designed to take less space and have fewer distractions and yet to pack a great deal of information into the bullet graph. In this diagram of the bullet graph, you can see that there are a number of different distinct aspects to the graph. There's a label. With tick marks. In the centre of the graph, we see Comparative Measure. Running the length of the bullet graph are the qualitative ranges and they are typically Poor, Good, Excellent or other qualitative values like that. The Featured Measure is showing you the current value. The Featured Measure alternative is typically an ellipsis and often at the end of the Featured Measure. We're going to take a look at how to build a bullet graph, using the Telerick RadBulletGraph.
Charts In this module, we will discuss charts. Charts are used to display and to visualize data, and an important aspect of that, which is obvious as soon as you say it out loud, is it that they must be human-readable. A chart which makes no sense to human eyes has little value. There are a great variety of charts, line charts, area charts, bar charts, pie charts, and so forth, but as we'll see, the RadChart in Telerik's controls, mixes and matches aspects of axes and data types, to produce an amazing array of charts.
Other Charts In addition to the chart types that we've seen, Telrik offers a wide range of additional chart types. Among the most popular of those are the pie chart and the doughnut chart. The polar charts present a fascinating view of data. Let's take a look at these charts in the demonstration.
Gauges In this module, we explore gauges. Gauges are beautiful graphic representations of data. And the RadGauges come in two flavors, radial and also linear.
DataGrid In this module, we'll be looking at the RadDataGrid, one of the most powerful controls available from Telerik. The RadDataGrid gains its power from the fact that most data on the internet is still stored in traditional databases, and most databases are essentially tables with rows and columns. But even when dealing with objects, there's a direct mapping where each instance maps to rows and each property maps to a column. The RadDataGrid has many powerful features, perhaps the most important of which is its virtualization for rows and columns. Making the RadDataGrid fast, fluid, and responsive even with literally thousands of records. In addition, the RadDataGrid provides sorting, grouping, filtering, and of course, the RadDataGrid is based on DataBinding.
Other Controls Let's take a look at some of the additional controls that round out the Telerik Win A control set. This includes the tile control, which allows you to bring tiles into your application, the date and time pickers which greatly simplify choosing a date or time. Or, if you need to pick a date or a range of dates within context, the calendar control. There's also the pagination control which greatly enhances control such as the cover flow.