How to create charts for market data in WPF?
Are there any charting controls provided by microsoft or you need to use only third party controls?
Which are the popular third party charting controls used predominantly by banks?
I used SciChart and was happy with it. This is extremely rich charting library. But it costs \$500 (\$1000 with source code).
A premium UI library. I haven't tried Infragistics charts particularly, but I'm sure they are as much perfect as their other controls (grids, ribbons etc).
SciChart vs Infragistics Chart. I should add that Infragistics are mostly concentrated on the overall usability and esthetics of the charts while SciChart focuses on functionality and performance.
Unsafe code in SciChart. SciChart uses unsafe code to write to bitmap in the fastest possible way. Once we were developing the app for Bloomberg Store we had to use WPF Toolkit instead because Bloomberg didn't allow unsafe calls.
As far as performance / speed goes, in tests it's the fastest WPF Chart!, using the same low-level bitmap rendering as you find in Windows Forms charts, and in some editions, full DirectX rendering.
It is being used in MTPredictor v7.5 (an Elliot Wave trading platform) who have tested it in live markets with several monitors and several charts all open, all ticking simultaneously. You can see a webinar of MTPredictor running SciChart here. Note MTP run a webinar once per day and videos are all on youtube.
We had a trial user contact us with a youtube demo showing scichart in real-time trading application, in a live market with multiple ticks per second being pushed to the chart.
In our installer we have several live demos showing real-time financial charting and multi-pane financial charting.
As another poster mentioned, it is a commercial chart but we aim to provide excellent support and fix bugs in a timely manner.
Hope this helps!
Full Disclosure: I am the owner and tech lead on the SciChart project
I own Gigasoft, if researching financial WPF charting, see our 7 meg demo download. Fast to download, uninstalls easily with no issues, and demonstrate our robustness, speed, user code, and rendering quality: link to financial .net wpf charting. Date time handling, mult-axes, and extensive annotations are key to good financial use and we've spent years perfecting these features.
A customer was nice enough to send us this showing excellent use of annotations to produce a custom Gartley financial pattern ...
LightningChart was the first charting suite having real Direct3D rendering for WPF. Targeted mainly for medical science end engineering at first, but now finding its way to better and better to finance and trading world.
LightningChart has a low-level Direct3D acceleration, with great set of features for financial applications. It comes with DirectX 11 and DirectX9 rendering engines. DirectX11 gives good performance and appearance in modern computers, and DirectX 9 renders faster with older hardware.
The performance the key factor, and that for that we have real solution. Real-time monitoring of up to thousands of data feeds at same time. LightningChart performance is real, we don't use (and we don't have to use) down-sampling in contrast to other charts which would compromise the accuracy of rendered data set.
With fewer data feeds, over 1 Billion data points can be monitored in real-time, scrolling 60 FPS on the screen. As absurd it may sound.
LightningChart also has 99% similar charting API for WinForms, so traditional corporate applications and modern WPF applications can share almost same code. Savings in training of developer teams, and transitioning from one platform to another is easy.
If you find anything essential missing, please let me know and we'll discuss how can we provide them to you :-)
Please don't hesitate to contact me for assistance.
[I'm the CTO of LightningChart components.]