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MetaQuotes Software Corp. 2013.01.15 13:09 

The example of using the Named Pipes in MetaTrader 4 :

Many developers face the same problem - how to get to the trading terminal sandbox without using unsafe DLLs. One of the easiest and safest method is to use standard Named Pipes that work as normal file operations.

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MQL4 Comments 2013.04.26 16:54  
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
//|                                            PipeClientExample.mq4 |
//|                        Copyright 2012, MetaQuotes Software Corp. |
//|                                        http://www.metaquotes.net |
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
#property copyright "Copyright 2012, MetaQuotes Software Corp."
#property link      "http://www.metaquotes.net"
 
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
//| script program start function                                    |
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
int ExtPipe ;
int start()
  {
   string str_client="PipeClient on MQL4 build 445";
   int    size_str=StringLen(str_client);
//--- wait for pipe server
   while(!IsStopped())
     {
        ExtPipe=FileOpen("\\\\.\\pipe\\MQL5.Pipe.Server",FILE_READ|FILE_WRITE|FILE_BIN);
      if(ExtPipe>=0)
         break;
      Sleep(250);
     }
   if(IsStopped())
      return(0);
   Print("Client: pipe opened");
   GetLastError();
//--- send welcome message
   FileWriteInteger(ExtPipe,size_str);
   if(FileWriteString(ExtPipe,str_client,size_str)<size_str)
     {
      Print("Client: send welcome message failed");
      return(0);
     }
   FileFlush(ExtPipe);
   FileSeek(ExtPipe,0,SEEK_SET);
//--- read data from server
   string str;
   int    value=0,size=0,last_error=0;
//--- read string
   size=FileReadInteger(ExtPipe);
   str=FileReadString(ExtPipe,size);
   if(GetLastError()!=0 || size!=StringLen(str))
     {
      Print("Client: read string failed");
      return;
     }
   Print("Server: ",str," received");
//--- read integer
   value=FileReadInteger(ExtPipe);
   last_error=GetLastError();
   if(last_error!=0)
     {
      Print("Client: read integer failed [",last_error,"]");
      return;
     }
   Print("Server: ",value," received"); 
//--- send data to server
   FileFlush(ExtPipe);
   FileSeek(ExtPipe,0,SEEK_SET);
//---- send string
   str="Test string";
   size_str=StringLen(str);
   FileWriteInteger(ExtPipe,size_str);
   if(FileWriteString(ExtPipe,str,size_str)<size_str)
     {
      Print("Client: send string failed");
      return(0);
     }
//---- send integer
   if(FileWriteInteger(ExtPipe,value)<4)
     {
      Print("Client: write integer failed [",GetLastError(),"]");
      return(0);
     }
//--- benchmark
   FileFlush(ExtPipe);
   FileSeek(ExtPipe,0,SEEK_SET);
//----
   double buffer[];
   double volume=0.0;
   int    array_size=1024*1024;
 
   if(ArrayResize(buffer,array_size)==array_size)
     {
      int ticks=GetTickCount();
      //--- read 8 Mb * 128 = 1024 Mb from server
      for(int i=0;i<128;i++)
        {
         if(!WaitForRead(ExtPipe,array_size))
            break;
         if(FileReadArray(ExtPipe,buffer,0,array_size)<array_size)
           {
            Print("Client: benchmark failed after ",volume/1024," Kb");
            break;
           }
         //--- check the data
         if(buffer[0]!=i || buffer[array_size-1]!=i+array_size-1)
           {
            Print("Client: benchmark invalid content");
            break;
           }
         volume+=array_size*8;
        }
      if(IsStopped())
         return(0);
      //---- send final confirmation
      FileFlush(ExtPipe);
      FileSeek(ExtPipe,0,SEEK_SET);
      value=12345;
      if(FileWriteInteger(ExtPipe,value)<4)
         Print("Client: benchmark confirmation failed ");     
      //--- show statistics
      ticks=GetTickCount()-ticks;
      if(ticks>0)
        {
         volume/=1024;
         Print("Client: ",DoubleToStr(volume/1024,0)," Mb sent in ",ticks," milliseconds at ",DoubleToStr(volume/ticks,2)," Mb per second");
        }
     }
//--- close pipe
   FileClose(ExtPipe);
//----
   return(0);
  }
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
//|  ???? ???? ???????? ?????? ? ????????? ??????                    |
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
bool WaitForRead(int handle, int size)
  {
//----
   while(!IsStopped())
     {
      if(FileSize(handle)>=size)
         return(true);
      Sleep(1);
     }
//----
   return(false);
  }
//+------------------------------------------------------------------+
The code did not compile had an error ('ExtPipe' - variable not defined C:\MetaTrader 4\experts\Pipe.mq4 (20, 9)
)  , I fixed , it would be nice if the autohor would update it 
bisewski
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bisewski 2013.09.19 02:19  

Mr Billy, do you have the version .net?

I try to connect the mt4 and vb.net app. I want to send quotes from EA to my .net app. So I create a server in my .net and connect then with client in mql4.

My problem is that I connect the server with your code but I dont receive the quotes in my server. I only receive a msg that the server is connected.

Thanks

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