Creating a Chart Line that Uses ActiveX

Environment: VC6 SP4, 2000 SP2

Introduction

Chart Line is an ActiveX component that enables you to visualize a chart similar to the Windows NT/2000/XP Task Manager Performance chart. The component enables you to manage four lines at a time. By modifying any properties of the control, it is possible to visualize different types of charts.

Quick Start

The Chart Line control makes it extremely easy to add Chart capability to your applications. It takes only two statements to display a chart.

Example

The following is a demonstration of a simple application, called Chartl32. In just a few short steps, you can produce a graphic application with complete functionality.

Before you start the following tutorial, you need to Start Visual Basic and load the Chart Line custom control. For information about loading the custom control, see the Visual Basic documentation. We will use Visual Basic 6.0.

  1. Design the Form
  2. Start by adding two controls to a blank form:

    1. Place the Chart line control
    2. Place a Timer Control (set the Interval property to 400)

    Now you can change the properties of the Chart line Control: You can change the Background color (ChartBackClor), the line Colors (Line1Color....Line4Color), or grid color (ChartForeColor). Also, you can define the range line limits of the chart (LowerRangeLine1,UpperRangeLine1...LowerRangeLine4,UpperRangeLine4).

  3. Add code to the Timer control
  4. This is easy. Most of the code goes into the Timer event:

    Private Sub Timer1_Timer()
    
    Random1 = Int((20 - 15 + 1) * Rnd + 15)
    Random2 = Int((50 - 45 + 1) * Rnd + 45)
    Random3 = Int((70 - 65 + 1) * Rnd + 65)
    Random4 = Int((95 - 85 + 1) * Rnd + 85)
    
    'Line 1
    Call Chartl321.PlotLine(1, Random1)
    
    'Line 2
    Call Chartl321.PlotLine(2, Random2)
    
    'Line 3
    Call Chartl321.PlotLine(3, Random3)
    
    'Line 4
    Call Chartl321.PlotLine(4, Random4)
    
    'Draw
    Chartl321.Draw
    
    End Sub
    

Methods

We have used the following two methods in this example:

PlotLine

Call this method to insert the new value of the line to plot on the chart into memory.

Parameters

  • NumLine: Specifies the number of lines to visualize
  • Value: Specifies the new value to plot on the chart

Draw

Call this method to visualize the new points on the chart.

Parameters

None.

Downloads

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