Third party UI controls - ASP.Net MVC 5

Publish date: 15 Jul 2016
Tags: career

The wonderful people at Syncfusion have offered a community license for free which gives you over 650+ controls. Head over here.

After a bit of fiddling using their online documentation, I’ve finally been able to use the chart control in my ASP.Net MVC5 code. The 3 main dlls , I needed of the chart control are (changes to the web.config):

<pre class="wp-code-highlight prettyprint linenums:1">&lt;assemblies&gt;
      &lt;add assembly="Syncfusion.EJ, Version=14.2460.0.26, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3d67ed1f87d44c89" /&gt;
      &lt;add assembly="Syncfusion.Linq.Base, Version=14.2460.0.26, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3d67ed1f87d44c89" /&gt;
      &lt;add assembly="Syncfusion.EJ.Mvc, Version=14.2500.0.26, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=3d67ed1f87d44c89" /&gt;

To get around a Visual Studio build error, I had to add the following to the web.config

<pre class="wp-code-highlight prettyprint linenums:1">&lt;dependentAssembly&gt;
     &lt;assemblyIdentity name="Syncfusion.EJ" culture="neutral" publicKeyToken="3d67ed1f87d44c89" /&gt;
     &lt;bindingRedirect oldVersion="" newVersion="14.2460.0.26" /&gt;
    &lt;assemblyIdentity name="Syncfusion.Linq.Base" culture="neutral" publicKeyToken="3d67ed1f87d44c89" /&gt;
    &lt;bindingRedirect oldVersion="" newVersion="14.2460.0.26" /&gt;

And lastly one javascript library, ej.widgets.all.min (8,466 kb), which after using their tool csg, � (for the chart control only) reduced it to (ej.chart.min.js) 909kb.

In _layout.cshtml, added:

<pre class="wp-code-highlight prettyprint linenums:1">&lt;script src="~/Scripts/ej/ej.chart.min.js"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;    
@RenderSection("scripts", required: false)    

and in viewname.cshtml, added

<pre class="wp-code-highlight prettyprint linenums:1">@(Html.EJ().Chart("presentationReport"))

Quite happy with the end-result.