Tutorial for using AnyChart with Classic ASP
If you want to use AnyChart with ASP you can start with downloading the following sample package:
These are samples of AnyChart Flash Charts usage with ASP, please download the zip file, unpack it and follow the instructions in readme.txt
All samples work as they are, but MS SQL Sample requires MS SQL configuration in ASP Code and attaching data to the database, please see "03_simple_chart_mssql/data.asp" source code from the package for more.
Below we will explain in details sample of usage AnyChart with ASP and MS SQL Database (03_simple_chart_mssql), all other samples in package contain a lot of comments in source code and samples themselves are really simple and comprehensive.
Simple Chart created using AnyChart and ASP
AnyChart is a flexible component for creation charts in Web, you can easily create a lot of charts using it, ASP is one of the popular scripting engines, MS SQL - is the one of the most popular database to be used with ASP, so let's see step by step how to put them all together in a small sample.
Package File Structure
When you unpack anychart-asp-samples.zip you will get the following file structure:
Sample File Structure
Our point of interest is MS SQL Sample, so we will focus only on two folders:
AnyChart Engine Files
You don't have to understand what's inside these two files - they just have to be uploaded to your server to some folder of your choice. In this sample they are placed in anychart_files folder, please do not move them until you understand what you are doing.
Sample File structure
dump.sql file contains SQL commands to create tables named anychart_sample_products and anychart_sample_orders in your database. These table are used in sample to show fetching data from MS SQL and passing it to AnyChart. The structure and content of these tables:
NOTE: To make this sample work you should add these tables to some database in your MS SQL Server.
HTML Code Explained
index.html is a simple HTML page, here is its code:
<title>AnyChart Sample of Simple Using AnyChart with ASP and MS SQL Database</title>
<h1>AnyChart Sample of Simple Using AnyChart with ASP and MS SQL Database</h1>
<p>Please see data.asp code to see how xml for AnyChart is created using ASP.</p>
var chart = new AnyChart('../anychart_files/swf/AnyChart.swf');
What you should know about this code:
ASP Code Explained
data.asp is the ASP script that gets data from MS SQL Database and converts it into XML format acceptable by AnyChart, this script shows only some basics (learn more about XML).
To understand what exactly data.asp does it is better to view its source code and read comments, we will highlight only main points.
When configuring the sample it may be useful to launch data.asp and look at its output, prior to trying to see the chart at index.html
If you did everything right you will see data.aspput like this: Click to view data.asp output.
Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Please note that this sample (and those provided in downloadable package) uses only some of AnyChart features. AnyChart provides a number of other chart types and options, which are described in evaluation download.
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