I cannot understand indicator buffer and handle

Amr Tarek
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Amr Tarek  

Hello,

I cannot find good explanation for indicator Handle and indicator buffer, appreciate if someone can explain it to me

Thanks

William Roeder
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William Roeder  

Perhaps you should read the manual, especially the examples.
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      How To Interpret Answers.
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They all (including iCustom) return a handle (an int). You get that in OnInit. In OnTick/OnCalculate (after the indicator has updated its buffers), you use the handle, shift and count to get the data.
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Amir Yacoby
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Amir Yacoby  
Amr Tarek:

Hello,

I cannot find good explanation for indicator Handle and indicator buffer, appreciate if someone can explain it to me

Thanks

Indicator buffer is a double array (in case of data and not colors) in an indicator with each item in the array representing a bar on the chart. An indicator may have from 0 to x (don't remember if its 255 or less/more) buffers.
An handle is just a unique integer id that MT5 creates for each indicator when created, you get it as output from the creation funtcion (IndicatorCreate or iCustom) and use it as an input parameter to CopyBuffer() to get data from the actual buffers in the indicator. 

As William mentioned,you should create the indicator in the OnInit phase, and query the buffer in OnTick/OnCalculate