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I am evaluating SciChart for an upcoming project. I like what I see for WPF and a standard console.
My problem is that SciChart for the web only shows projects for Silver Light.

Silver Light is dead. Win RT is gasping its last breath. Everthing seems to be moving towards HTML5 / JS.

I need to be able to use the charts in a web browser as well as a console.
Is there new versions of SciChart coming out that addresses this issue.

Regards
Bill Johnson

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Hi Bill,

You’re not wrong. Silverlight is indeed deprecated by Microsoft. In fact, as of v4 of SciChart, we are no longer supporting Silverlight either. We will continue to support WPF as we believe this is a very strong platform with plenty of life in it yet. We continue to do a lot of business in WPF and seeing lots of scientific software / financial software business applications being built with this technology. WinRT we haven’t looked at and while UWP is requested, I (like you) just don’t see it being as big a success as WPF is (but it might, if they can fix a few issues with the API).

We are also forward looking. We see what you see and we don’t want to get stuck in a dead-end. To that end in 2015 we invested in porting SciChart to Android and iOS (both of these are coming quite soon, and they’re brilliant). Why those platforms and not web? Surely web is the winner right? Well, yes, and no. It’s the winner for ubiquitous applications (particularly consumer apps, or business apps with lower graphical load) but for scientific apps that demand maximum performance, you can only have native code.

As an aside we measured some of our core algorithms for drawing, resampling and coordinate calculation in Javascript vs. C# unsafe code and found that Javascript, even in the V8 engine in Chrome, was 90% slower. In some applications you can’t just write off 90% of your CPU and be OK with that.

So what about Web? Well, what I want to see is SciChart on every platform, including the web. I have some great ideas how we could make it the-best-in-the-world, with some unique features over and above other HTML charts, but we have to do one thing at a time. Our roadmap for now is to release SciChart WPF v4 2D+3D, shortly followed by SciChart Android and iOS, and then with those platform ports under our belt, to work on SciChart HTML5.

In conclusion, it is on our roadmap, it’s not on our immediate release schedule. I can’t promise when it will be delivered, but to stay relevant and world-class, we do want to do it.

Feel free to drop me an email anytime to discuss. My email is andrew [at] abtsoftware [dot] co.uk.

Best regards,
Andrew

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I would support HTML5/JavaScript direction as well. In our case, our customers would do complicated graphing using desktop. However, they would prefer to use Web for simple graphing which doesn’t have any platform dependence. So they can use whatever devices they are having at the moment.

  • Andrew
    Thank you Ning, it’s always great to hear feedback :)
  • Mark Aitken
    Hi, Is the plan still to do a html5 implementation? Regards Mark
  • Andrew
    Hi Mark, Yes, but see above. Our roadmap remains “to release SciChart WPF v4 2D+3D, shortly followed by SciChart Android and iOS, and then with those platform ports under our belt, to work on SciChart HTML5.” We have achieved most of this, but are still working on the Xamarin bindings for iOS + Android. Once those platforms are in the field, stable, and established we will begin work on an HTML5 version of our charts.
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