Quick Start Guide

Introduction

This is a brief introduction to using the ShinobiChart component with Xamarin.Android. We will take you through a series of simple steps introducing the key features of the charting library.

Firstly we will look at getting a line chart onto a page and then follow on by looking at how to apply basic styling to the chart elements. The end result of this little tutorial will be a chart that looks something like this:

What we're aiming for

The guide assumes you have all your required android version SDKs installed. The SDK manager can be started from within Visual Studio (Tools > SDK Manager)

For this guide we will assume that you are using Xamarin.Android with Visual Studio (see https://www.visualstudio.com/xamarin/ for more details). We recommend running the Quick Start project, and the other sample projects, on a physical Android device. This way you will be able to get a better feel of all the touch-based interactions. That said, it is possible to run the samples on the Android Emulator.

shinobicharts uses OpenGL ES2; support for this in the Android Emulator can be less stable than that of a physical device, so be alert for incompatibilities and errors. More information is available on the Android Developer site: https://developer.android.com/tools/devices/emulator.html.


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