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2013.04.10 13:09
Indicators

Demo_FileReadDatetime - indicator for MetaTrader 5

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The indicator reads signals to buy and sell from the file located in the subdirectory of the local terminal folder and then displays these signals in the form of up and down directed arrows. To get the file with signals you need preliminary run the Demo_FileWrite script. The terminal local folder location can be obtained calling the TerminalInfoString() function.

PrintFormat("The path to the terminal local folder: %s\\Files\\",TerminalInfoString(TERMINAL_DATA_PATH));
To get data in addition to the FileReadDatetime() function, the indicator also uses the FileReadNumber() and the FileReadBool() functions.

Code:

#property indicator_chart_window
#property indicator_buffers 2
#property indicator_plots   2
//---- plot Label1
#property indicator_label1  "UpSignal"
#property indicator_type1   DRAW_ARROW
#property indicator_color1  clrRed
#property indicator_style1  STYLE_SOLID
#property indicator_width1  4
//---- plot Label2
#property indicator_label2  "DownSignal"
#property indicator_type2   DRAW_ARROW
#property indicator_color2  clrRed
#property indicator_style2  STYLE_SOLID
#property indicator_width2  4
//--- parameters for reading data
input string InpFileName="MACD.csv";  // file name
input string InpDirectoryName="Data"; // directory name
//--- global variables
int      ind=0;       // index
double   upbuff[];    // indicator buffer of up arrows
double   downbuff[];  // indicator buffer of down arrows
bool     sign_buff[]; // signal array (true - buy, false - sell)
datetime time_buff[]; // array of signals arrival time
int      size=0;      // size of signal arrays
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
//| Custom indicator initialization function                         |
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
int OnInit()
  {
//--- open the file
   ResetLastError();
   int file_handle=FileOpen(InpDirectoryName+"//"+InpFileName,FILE_READ|FILE_CSV);
   if(file_handle!=INVALID_HANDLE)
     {
      PrintFormat("%s file is open for reading",InpFileName);
      //--- first, read the number of signals
      size=(int)FileReadNumber(file_handle);
      //--- allocate memory for the arrays
      ArrayResize(sign_buff,size);
      ArrayResize(time_buff,size);
      //--- read data from the file
      for(int i=0;i<size;i++)
        {
         //--- signal time
         time_buff[i]=FileReadDatetime(file_handle);
         //--- signal value
         sign_buff[i]=FileReadBool(file_handle);
        }
      //--- close the file
      FileClose(file_handle);
     }
   else
     {
      PrintFormat("Failed to open %s file, Error code = %d",InpFileName,GetLastError());
      return(INIT_FAILED);
     }
//--- binding the arrays
   SetIndexBuffer(0,upbuff,INDICATOR_DATA);
   SetIndexBuffer(1,downbuff,INDICATOR_DATA);
//--- set the symbol code for drawing in PLOT_ARROW
   PlotIndexSetInteger(0,PLOT_ARROW,241);
   PlotIndexSetInteger(1,PLOT_ARROW,242);
//---- set the indicator values that will not be seen in the chart
   PlotIndexSetDouble(0,PLOT_EMPTY_VALUE,0);
   PlotIndexSetDouble(1,PLOT_EMPTY_VALUE,0);
//---
   return(INIT_SUCCEEDED);
  }
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
//| Custom indicator iteration function                              |
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
int OnCalculate(const int rates_total,
                const int prev_calculated,
                const datetime &time[],
                const double &open[],
                const double &high[],
                const double &low[],
                const double &close[],
                const long &tick_volume[],
                const long &volume[],
                const int &spread[])
  {
   ArraySetAsSeries(time,false);
   ArraySetAsSeries(high,false);
   ArraySetAsSeries(low,false);
//--- the loop for the bars that have not been handled yet
   for(int i=prev_calculated;i<rates_total;i++)
     {
      //--- default value is 0
      upbuff[i]=0;
      downbuff[i]=0;
      //--- check if any data is still present
      if(ind<size)
        {
         for(int j=ind;j<size;j++)
           {
            //--- if dates coincide, use the value from the file
            if(time[i]==time_buff[j])
              {
               //--- draw the arrow according to the signal
               if(sign_buff[j])
                  upbuff[i]=high[i];
               else
                  downbuff[i]=low[i];
               //--- increase the counter
               ind=j+1;
               break;
              }
           }
        }
     }
//--- return value of prev_calculated for next call
   return(rates_total);
  }

Translated from Russian by MetaQuotes Software Corp.
Original code: https://www.mql5.com/ru/code/1627

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