# How to find the time of the bar where the moving averages crossed? (code inside) - page 3

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Yea I need it specifically for PERIOD_H1 chart. As I may change time frames and want that hard coded for that TF.

(Im worried that I am doing this wrong - especially what you've written to me twice now WHRoeder regarding MA's and the if statement... - So i'm bracing for some slapping, but I think that would tell me the bar where the MA's crossed (below). So this would surely work by applying it to iBarShift...?)

`if(i1>i2 && i2>i3 && i3>i4 && i4>i5 && i5>i6 && i6>i7 && i7>i8 && i8>i9 && i9>i10 && i10>i11 && i11>i12)triggerBarTime = Time[1];`
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WHRoeder:

Multiple moving averages will not cross at the same time.

Find the earliest bar where they were all in the proper order.

```int DIR = 0;
for(int iBar = 0; iBar < Bar; iBar++){
double MA20 = ... iBar),
MA5 = ... iBar);
:
if(     MA20 > MA5 && MA5 > ...) DIR = -1;
else if(MA20 < MA5 && MA5 < ...) DIR = +1; // All fanning up.
else if (DIR != 0){ iBar--; break; }       // Last one was cross.
}```
Can I ask what the Bar variables purpose is? Also, what does "--" mean? The two "--" and "!" marks? (if you'd be so kind? I have looked through the help section, but haven't come across what they're purposes are.)
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DomGilberto:

Can I ask what the Bar variables purpose is? Also, what does "--" mean? The two "--" and "!" marks? (if you'd be so kind? I have looked through the help section, but haven't come across what they're purposes are.)

And can I ask you why basic from book is still unknown ??

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Your question is like you saying "what is this little metal thingy (a key) and why is one pressey thing a rectangle (gas) and the others are squarish?"
learn to code.
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But I know what a gas key is... - that's more simple than coding...

You lot are right though - I do need to read it through.

It's because I learn best from trial and error (im a hands on guy when it comes to retaining knowledge). It helps me understand logic when I see it. Plus the MQL4 site doesn't necessarily explain things clearly on how they all work together.

So to answer your question deVries, that is why I know some basics and some more advance stuff, but it comes patchy because I like to play around and learn that way.

Sorry if I am becoming a pain!

EDIT - I still don't understand "Bar" part of that code you wrote WHRoeder - I'm not sure that's right?

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DomGilberto: But I know what a gas key is... - that's more simple than coding...

But would you be trying to drive without knowing what it was? That would be moronic.

You are trying to code without knowing what "--" and "!" are. What's the difference?

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!= True, if x is not equal to y - (DIR != 0) - If DIR (which is 0) is not equal to "0" then the Break operator will return control to the for operator. And start the loop again.

-- Subtraction of 1 from the value of the variable. So "iBar--;" = iBar = 0, so subtracting 1 = -1?

Hey - I'm really trying here. I'm sorry if I don't learn as quick as what some people do (and don't you think I'd rather be that way! I would much rather learn it by myself and get it, without having to ask for someone' help!) but I am trying my best. I may not be the brightest spark in the world... So forgive me for that at least...

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DomGilberto:

!= True, if x is not equal to y - (DIR != 0) - If DIR (which is 0) is not equal to "0" then the Break operator will return control to the for operator. And start the loop again.

-- Subtraction of 1 from the value of the variable. So "iBar--;" = iBar = 0, so subtracting 1 = -1?

Hey - I'm really trying here. I'm sorry if I don't learn as quick as what some people do (and don't you think I'd rather be that way! I would much rather learn it by myself and get it, without having to ask for someone' help!) but I am trying my best. I may not be the brightest spark in the world... So forgive me for that at least...

In this loop

`for(int iBar = 0; iBar < Bar; iBar++){//....do some stuff and come back}`

iBar has here different values as long it is smaller as Bar it will become value 1 higher

`iBar--;`

means....

`iBar = iBar - 1;`
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```int DIR = 0;
for(int iBar = 0; iBar < Bars; iBar++)
{
double i1  = iMA(NULL,60,3,0,1,0,1);
double i2  = iMA(NULL,60,5,0,1,0,1);
double i3  = iMA(NULL,60,8,0,1,0,1);
double i4  = iMA(NULL,60,10,0,1,0,1);
double i5  = iMA(NULL,60,12,0,1,0,1);
double i6  = iMA(NULL,60,15,0,1,0,1);
double i7  = iMA(NULL,60,30,0,1,0,1);
double i8  = iMA(NULL,60,35,0,1,0,1);
double i9  = iMA(NULL,60,40,0,1,0,1);
double i10 = iMA(NULL,60,45,0,1,0,1);
double i11 = iMA(NULL,60,50,0,1,0,1);
double i12 = iMA(NULL,60,60,0,1,0,1);
double ema21 = iMA(NULL,60,21,0,1,0,1);

if(i1<i2 && i2<i3 && i3<i4 && i4<i5 && i5<i6 && i6<i7 && i7<i8 && i8<i9 && i9<i10 && i10<i11 && i11<i12) DIR = -1;
triggerBarTime = Time[1];
if(Low[1]<ema21)
OrderEntry(0);
else if(i1>i2 && i2>i3 && i3>i4 && i4>i5 && i5>i6 && i6>i7 && i7>i8 && i8>i9 && i9>i10 && i10>i11 && i11>i12) DIR = +1; // All fanning up.
triggerBarTime1 = Time[1];
if(High[1]>ema21)
OrderEntry(1);

if (DIR != 0)
{
iBar--; break;
}       // Last one was cross.```

Ah - I think I got it working now - Just staring at Bar for a while and then realised :) - I am starting to realise that what I am trying to code is slightly more complex than I first thought. I need the MA's to turn and fan up or down (depending if its a buy or sell). If its fanned up (for a long) They dont always needs to be in the right order - it's just a case of first identifying when they're all stacked up and fanned apart in the right order - from this point all I am wanting is price to check the 21 ema and then place an order above the highs. I'll have a play around of course! NOT expecting anyone to write me the code - just merely writing my thoughts aloud.

Thank you!

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Fix your indenting or missing braces
 Posted code ```   if(i1i2 && i2>i3 && i3>i4 && i4>i5 && i5>i6 && i6>i7 &&           i7>i8 && i8>i9 && i9>i10 && i10>i11 && i11>i12) DIR = +1; // All fanning up.       triggerBarTime1 = Time[1];       if(High[1]>ema21)       OrderEntry(1);``` Properly indented ```   if(i1i2 && i2>i3 && i3>i4 && i4>i5 && i5>i6 && i6>i7 &&           i7>i8 && i8>i9 && i9>i10 && i10>i11 && i11>i12) DIR = +1; // All fanning up.    triggerBarTime1 = Time[1];    if(High[1]>ema21)  OrderEntry(1);``` Properly braced ```   if(i1i2 && i2>i3 && i3>i4 && i4>i5 && i5>i6 && i6>i7 && i7>i8 &&            i8>i9 && i9>i10 && i10>i11 && i11>i12){       DIR = +1; // All fanning up.       triggerBarTime1 = Time[1];       if(High[1]>ema21)  OrderEntry(1);    }```