MQL4 and MQL5 Programming Articles

Study the MQL5 language for programming trading strategies in numerous published articles mostly written by you - the community members. The articles are grouped into categories to help you quicker find answers to any questions related to programming: Integration, Tester, Trading Strategies, etc.

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MQL as a Markup Tool for the Graphical Interface of MQL Programs. Part 1

This paper proposes a new conception to describe the window interface of MQL programs, using the structures of MQL. Special classes transform the viewable MQL markup into the GUI elements and allow

Timeseries in DoEasy library (part 38): Timeseries collection - real-time updates and accessing data from the program

The article considers real-time update of timeseries data and sending messages about the "New bar" event to the control program chart from all timeseries of all symbols for the ability to handle these

Multicurrency monitoring of trading signals (Part 3): Introducing search algorithms

In the previous article, we developed the visual part of the application, as well as the basic interaction of GUI elements. This time we are going to add internal logic and the algorithm of trading

Applying OLAP in trading (part 4): Quantitative and visual analysis of tester reports

The article offers basic tools for the OLAP analysis of tester reports relating to single passes and optimization results. The tool can work with standard format files (tst and opt), and it also

Timeseries in DoEasy library (part 37): Timeseries collection - database of timeseries by symbols and periods

The article deals with the development of the timeseries collection of specified timeframes for all symbols used in the program. We are going to develop the timeseries collection, the methods of

Continuous Walk-Forward Optimization (Part 5): Auto Optimizer project overview and creation of a GUI

This article provides further description of the walk-forward optimization in the MetaTrader 5 terminal. In previous articles, we considered methods for generating and filtering the optimization

Forecasting Time Series (Part 2): Least-Square Support-Vector Machine (LS-SVM)

This article deals with the theory and practical application of the algorithm for forecasting time series, based on support-vector method. It also proposes its implementation in MQL and provides test

Projects assist in creating profitable trading robots! Or at least, so it seems

A big program starts with a small file, which then grows in size as you keep adding more functions and objects. Most robot developers utilize include files to handle this problem. However, there is a

Continuous Walk-Forward Optimization (Part 4): Optimization Manager (Auto Optimizer)

The main purpose of the article is to describe the mechanism of working with our application and its capabilities. Thus the article can be treated as an instruction on how to use the application. It

Timeseries in DoEasy library (part 36): Object of timeseries for all used symbol periods

In this article, we will consider combining the lists of bar objects for each used symbol period into a single symbol timeseries object. Thus, each symbol will have an object storing the lists of all

Forecasting Time Series (Part 1): Empirical Mode Decomposition (EMD) Method

This article deals with the theory and practical use of the algorithm for forecasting time series, based on the empirical decomposition mode. It proposes the MQL implementation of this method and

Timeseries in DoEasy library (part 35): Bar object and symbol timeseries list

This article starts a new series about the creation of the DoEasy library for easy and fast program development. In the current article, we will implement the library functionality for accessing and

Multicurrency monitoring of trading signals (Part 2): Implementation of the visual part of the application

In the previous article, we created the application framework, which we will use as the basis for all further work. In this part, we will proceed with the development: we will create the visual part

Applying network functions, or MySQL without DLL: Part II - Program for monitoring changes in signal properties

In the previous part, we considered the implementation of the MySQL connector. In this article, we will consider its application by implementing the service for collecting signal properties and the

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXXIV): Pending trading requests - removing and modifying orders and positions under certain conditions

In this article, we will complete the description of the pending request trading concept and create the functionality for removing pending orders, as well as modifying orders and positions under

Applying network functions, or MySQL without DLL: Part I - Connector

MetaTrader 5 has received network functions recently. This opened up great opportunities for programmers developing products for the Market. Now they can implement things that required dynamic

How to create 3D graphics using DirectX in MetaTrader 5

3D graphics provide excellent means for analyzing huge amounts of data as they enable the visualization of hidden patterns. These tasks can be solved directly in MQL5, while DireсtX functions allow

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXXIII): Pending trading requests - closing positions under certain conditions

We continue the development of the library functionality featuring trading using pending requests. We have already implemented sending conditional trading requests for opening positions and placing

Applying OLAP in trading (part 3): Analyzing quotes for the development of trading strategies

In this article we will continue dealing with the OLAP technology applied to trading. We will expand the functionality presented in the first two articles. This time we will consider the operational

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXXII): Pending trading requests - placing orders under certain conditions

We continue the development of the functionality allowing users to trade using pending requests. In this article, we are going to implement the ability to place pending orders under certain

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXXI): Pending trading requests - opening positions under certain conditions

Starting with this article, we are going to develop a functionality allowing users to trade using pending requests under certain conditions, for example, when reaching a certain time limit, exceeding

Multicurrency monitoring of trading signals (Part 1): Developing the application structure

In this article, we will discuss the idea of creating a multicurrency monitor of trading signals and will develop a future application structure along with its prototype, as well as create its

Econometric approach to finding market patterns: Autocorrelation, Heat Maps and Scatter Plots

The article presents an extended study of seasonal characteristics: autocorrelation heat maps and scatter plots. The purpose of the article is to show that "market memory" is of seasonal nature, which

Continuous Walk-Forward Optimization (Part 3): Adapting a Robot to Auto Optimizer

The third part serves as a bridge between the previous two parts: it describes the mechanism of interaction with the DLL considered in the first article and the objects for report downloading, which

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXX): Pending trading requests - managing request objects

In the previous article, we have created the classes of pending request objects corresponding to the general concept of library objects. This time, we are going to deal with the class allowing the

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXIX): Pending trading requests - request object classes

In the previous articles, we checked the concept of pending trading requests. A pending request is, in fact, a common trading order executed by a certain condition. In this article, we are going to

Neural Networks Made Easy

Artificial intelligence is often associated with something fantastically complex and incomprehensible. At the same time, artificial intelligence is increasingly mentioned in everyday life. News about

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXVIII): Closure, removal and modification of pending trading requests

This is the third article about the concept of pending requests. We are going to complete the tests of pending trading requests by creating the methods for closing positions, removing pending orders

SQLite: Native handling of SQL databases in MQL5

The development of trading strategies is associated with handling large amounts of data. Now, you are able to work with databases using SQL queries based on SQLite directly in MQL5. An important

Continuous Walk-Forward Optimization (Part 2): Mechanism for creating an optimization report for any robot

The first article within the Walk-Through Optimization series described the creation of a DLL to be used in our auto optimizer. This continuation is entirely devoted to the MQL5 language

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXVII): Working with trading requests - placing pending orders

In this article, we will continue the development of trading requests, implement placing pending orders and eliminate detected shortcomings of the trading class operation

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXVI): Working with pending trading requests - first implementation (opening positions)

In this article, we are going to store some data in the value of the orders and positions magic number and start the implementation of pending requests. To check the concept, let's create the first

Exploring Seasonal Patterns of Financial Time Series with Boxplot

In this article we will view seasonal characteristics of financial time series using Boxplot diagrams. Each separate boxplot (or box-and-whiskey diagram) provides a good visualization of how values

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXV): Handling errors returned by the trade server

After we send a trading order to the server, we need to check the error codes or the absence of errors. In this article, we will consider handling errors returned by the trade server and prepare for

Extending Strategy Builder Functionality

In the previous two articles, we discussed the application of Merrill patterns to various data types. An application was developed to test the presented ideas. In this article, we will continue

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXIV): Base trading class - auto correction of invalid parameters

In this article, we will have a look at the handler of invalid trading order parameters and improve the trading event class. Now all trading events (both single ones and the ones occurred

Continuous Walk-Forward Optimization (Part 1): Working with Optimization Reports

The first article is devoted to the creation of a toolkit for working with optimization reports, for importing them from the terminal, as well as for filtering and sorting the obtained data

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXIII): Base trading class - verification of valid parameters

In the article, we continue the development of the trading class by implementing the control over incorrect trading order parameter values and voicing trading events

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXII): Trading classes - Base trading class, verification of limitations

In this article, we will start the development of the library base trading class and add the initial verification of permissions to conduct trading operations to its first version. Besides, we will

Library for easy and quick development of MetaTrader programs (part XXI): Trading classes - Base cross-platform trading object

In this article, we will start the development of the new library section - trading classes. Besides, we will consider the development of a unified base trading object for MetaTrader 5 and MetaTrader