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Create a Graph with Column and Line Series


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How can I create a Graph with Column and Line series?


The suggested approach demonstrates how to create a Graph with both column and line series and displaying the maximum and the average amount of sales on a monthly basis based on the AdventureWorks sample database.

The sample scenario is valid when you are working with the Telerik Reporting Standalone Report Designer and Visual Studio Report Designer.

  1. Start the Graph Wizard:

    • (For the Standalone Telerik Report Designer) From the Insert menu, select Column > Clustered Column. As a result, the Graph Wizard starts.

      select Column

    • (For the Visual Studio Report Designer) Initiate the Graph Wizard from the Visual Studio toolbox. Then, select the Clustered Column chart type and click OK. As a result, the Graph Wizard starts.

  2. Click the Add New Data Source... button and select SQL Data Source:

    1. Set the connection string to the demo AdventureWorks database.

    2. Set the query to the following one:

      SELECT SOD.LineTotal, SOH.OrderDate
      Sales.SalesPerson S
      INNER JOIN Sales.SalesOrderHeader SOH ON SOH.SalesPersonID = S.SalesPersonID
      INNER JOIN Sales.SalesOrderDetail SOD ON SOH.SalesOrderID = SOD.SalesOrderID
      WHERE SOH.OrderDate between cast('2003-01-01' as datetime) and cast('2003-12-31' as datetime)
      and S.SalesPersonId = 283
    3. Click Execute Query... to check if everything is fine with the database connection. Click Finish when you are ready.
  3. From the Available data sources list, select the data source you've already created and click Next.

  4. On the next page, select the fields which will be used to build the chart.

    Since the report will display aggregated sums of the order lines by month, you need the LineTotal and OrderDate fields. Select the OrderDate field and drag it to the Categories box. Select the LineTotal field and drag it to the Values box. It will be shown as Sum(LineTotal) because the Sum is the default aggregate function.

    However, for the purposes of this example, you will display the maximum amount of sales in the column series and the average amount of sales in the line series. Therefore, choose the Max function from the drop-down menu. Click Next once you are ready.

  5. The Wizard has detected that the field used as a category is of type DateTime and this page will let you configure the scale for the graph. In most cases, the Auto option will work fine, so you will leave it as is. Complete the Wizard process by clicking Finish.

    Now the graph displays the column series:

    Graph Layout 1

  6. The graph is displaying the date-time values on its X-axis, and the Auto scale option divides each column into one column per month.

    To make the label for the X-axis easier to read, first select the X-axis, and in the Property Browser, set the LabelFormat to {0:Y}) and LabelAngle to 90º.

  7. To add another series to the graph, right-click the graph and select Add Graph Series… from the context menu.

    As a result, a dialog with all chart types will appear. Select Line > Line with Markers and click OK. The Graph Wizard will be displayed again.

    Repeat Step 4 for choosing and dragging the data source fields to Categories and Values boxes, but this time choose Avg as an aggregate function for the LineTotal field. Click Next and Finish when you are ready.

    When adding a new Series, a new Category group will also be created. This solution uses a field of type DateTime for the category which will set the scale of the X-axis to a DateTime Scale and will correctly display the two series on top of each other.

    With any other type, like Numerical Scale, Logarithmic Scale, or Category Scale, the two Series will be displayed next to each other and not overlapping correctly. To fix this, select the newly-created series and change the CategoryGroup to the group used by the first series.

    Change Category Group

  8. Name the legend items of the series accordingly by using the Value propety of LegendItem for both of your series.

The following image shows the final look of your Graph.

Graph Layout 3

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