Adventures with PivotViewer – Part 1

We like the combination of Silverlight 4 with the PivotViewer control. We are putting them to good use now against real data. We published a SQLBits 7 Agenda collection last month for fun. But was it really? Well, no. The branding and styling missed the mark and though the tiles had a reasonable design they had to be pre-generated. Not bad for a half day’s work but we moved on…

We need PivotViewer to be better integrated into Silverlight, no wait, we need Silverlight and our application integrated into PivotViewer. Interesting thought?

So we toiled, extended, styled and skinned. Some themes for business, some for holiday snaps and some fun themes for the holidays. I personally like ‘Spooky’ with the bats and silhouettes and the ‘Desert Island’ looks ready for my next holiday snaps. Lots better but not 100% control of the UI.

Then we toiled, extended and integrated because somehow the grid and histogram views needed some help. People feel comfortable with a data grid and some data looks better in charts, of course it does. Data Visualization sure needs many views after all!

Here are some sample screenshots to kick start this blog series…

Tropical Theme

Below are the rest of the themes we put together…

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12 responses to “Adventures with PivotViewer – Part 1

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  2. Thanks for this post.

    I need to have a third view presenting the data directly on a (bing) map. Do you think your approach would allow adding the button on the top right of the control, and when clicked, changing the view to a map visualization of the entries?

    When do you plan to publish the second part of this post 🙂 ?

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  4. Hi xpert360 crew,

    I stumbled across your posts while I was trying to make sense of the PivotViewer assemblies in Reflector. There are a few additional tricks I found that you might be interested in. Check out the Customizing the PivotViewer post.

    — Nicholas

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  7. Hello, excuses for the cuestion, i haven’t a very deep ground on programming silverlight, is there any form to creatte a colection with out coding?,.

    Thank you, again, excuses for the questio in this toppic, but i don’t find the answer…

    • You should try the PivotViewer Excel Add-in to create collections and the Pivot application to preview them. That is the simplest way to have a play with PivotViewer and your own trial collections.

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