Create simple bar chart in Silverlight 5

1. Create a Silverlight project.

2. Paste the following code to your Mainpage.xaml

<chartingToolkit:Chart Title=”Typical Use” x:Name=”BarChart”>


      <chartingToolkit:ColumnSeries x:Name=”series1″


        ItemsSource=”{Binding PugetSound}”

         IndependentValueBinding=”{Binding Name}”

         DependentValueBinding=”{Binding Population}”/>




3. Create a city class.


public class City



    /// Gets or sets the name of the city.


    public string Name { get; set; }



    /// Gets or sets the population of the city.


    public int Population { get; set; }



    /// Initializes a new instance of the City class.


    public City()





    /// Returns a string that represents the current object.


    ///<returns>A string that represents the current object.</returns>

    public override string ToString()


        return Name;




    /// Gets a collection of cities in the Puget Sound area.


    public static ObjectCollection PugetSound




            ObjectCollection pugetSound = newObjectCollection();

            pugetSound.Add(newCity { Name = “Bellevue”, Population = 112344 });

            pugetSound.Add(newCity { Name = “Issaquah”, Population = 11212 });

            pugetSound.Add(newCity { Name = “Redmond”, Population = 46391 });

            pugetSound.Add(newCity { Name = “Seattle”, Population = 592800 });

            return pugetSound;





4. Bind the City class to the chart.

public MainPage()






private void SetChartData()


  ((ColumnSeries)BarChart.Series[0]).ItemsSource = City.PugetSound;



You can also download a single solution from The sample file name is SilverlightAppChart.rar. My MSN ID is







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