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Introduction

Basic Programs in MQL4.


After the designer has actually mastered programming of trade operations, he or she can start developing easy programs. The section handles the general concepts of developing a straightforward Expert Advisor as well as a simple custom-made indicator, along with the order of sharing an Expert Advisor with different indications. Especially, the area defines the order of data transfer from a customized indicator right into an EA. It likewise provides some instances of simple programs ready to be used in trading technique.

Conventional Functions.

Absolutely, MQL4 counts over 220 common features, not including the features of technological indicators. It would be rather difficult to describe in this publication as well as give examples of each function, considering their excellent quantity. Some functions that call for thorough explanations have actually currently been taken into consideration in the coming before areas. In this existing area, we think about the most regularly utilized standard functions and also provide some examples of how to utilize them in programs. At the end of each subsection, we supply the full list of features of a certain group and also their short summary.

Creation of Normal Programs.

Generally, as soon as having practiced the coding of some straightforward applications in MQL4, the designer goes to a more innovative job: He or she develops a practical program planned for practical usage. In many cases, basic programs do not satisfy the demands of a trading developer for at least two factors:.

1. The minimal performance of simple programs can not completely provide the trader with all essential details and trading devices, that makes the application of such programs less efficient.

2. The code imperfection of easy programs makes it challenging to more upgrade them in order to raise their services.

In this present area, we represent among feasible understanding versions of a trading Expert Advisor that can be made use of as a basis for production of your own task.

Common Way of Making Trades.

All computations as well as other actions done as a result of the implementation of an application program can be divided right into 2 groups by the place of their implementation: those implemented in the user's PC as well as those carried out on the web server side. A considerable amount of estimations is performed on the user's side. This group consists of the execution of application programs. Professions belong to the second team. Making professions indicates data conversion on the server.

Considering trades, we will certainly differentiate the complying with terms:.

Market order - is a carried out order to acquire or sell properties for an icon (security). A market order is shown in the symbol home window until the order is shut.

When the pre-programmed cost level is gotten to, pending order is a trade order to get or sell assets for a security (a symbol). Pending order is shown in the icon window till it ends up being a market order or is removed.

Trade Request is a command made by a program or by a trader in order to do a trade.

Trade is opening, closing or modification of market as well as pending orders.

Trade Making Diagram.


Three components are involved in making professions: an application program, the client incurable and also the web server (see Fig. 65). A demand is created in the program (as we stated above, any kind of application programs can be implemented only in the user's PC; no application programs are installed on the web server). The demand formed by the program will certainly be passed to the client terminal that, in its turn, sends out the demand to the server. At the server side, the decision on the request implementation or being rejected will be made. The details regarding the acquired results will be gone by the web server to the customer terminal and then to the program.

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For a trader to be able to make a demand the client terminal offers the "Orders" control board (see the description of the customer terminal). The demands are made in the program according to the algorithm, as a result of the implementation of trade features. No place else (neither in the client terminal nor on the server) trade requests are created automatically.

Program Features.

Depending on the algorithm, a program can create various demands - for opening, shutting or alteration of market and pending orders. The adhering to trade features are used in a program to develop trade demands:.

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OrderSend() - to competitive market as well as pending orders;.
OrderClose() and OrderCloseBy() - to close market orders;.
OrderDelete() - to remove pending orders;.
OrderModify() - to customize market and also pending orders.

The above trade functions can be utilized just in Expert Advisors and manuscripts; using these features in signs is restricted (see also Table 2). Their implementation is connected to calling for the incurable information atmosphere in order to acquire recommendation info, so it does not result in calling and also forming demands to the server.

Features of Client Terminal.
  • A request made by the program as a result of the implementation of a trade function is passed to the client terminal for handling. The customer terminal evaluates the demand materials and performs among the adhering to 2 actions: either sends out the demand to the web server for it to be carried out on the server, or sends and denies the demand absolutely nothing to the web server.
  • The client incurable allows only proper demands to be sent out to the server. If the program is coded as if it creates, for example, an ask for opening an order at a non-existing cost, the client terminal will not send this request to the server. If the program forms right demands (orders are opened as well as shut at the most recent recognized price, the order worth is within the array restricted by the dealing facility, etc.), after that this request will certainly be sent to the web server.
  • Only one implementation string is given in the client incurable to execute trades. This indicates that the client terminal can all at once work only with one demand. If there are a number of Expert Advisors or manuscripts trading in the customer incurable and also no program has passed a trade demand to the client terminal, the trade demands of all various other Expert Advisors as well as scripts will be rejected up until the client incurable completes processing the present request, i.e., until the trade string is cost-free.
  • Web server Features.
  • The info regarding trade background for each and every account (opening, closing, customizing orders) is highly secured by the server and is of a greater top priority as contrasted to the background of trades saved in the customer terminal. The right to carry out trade demands is approved only to a supplier or to the web server that processes requests immediately (if the dealing facility gives the web server with this function for a certain time period). A request that is provided in the server can be either executed or denied. If the trade request is executed (i.e., a trade is made), the server will make all needed conversions of data. If the trade request is declined, the server does not transform any kind of information. Despite which decision (to execute or to decline a request) is made, the information concerning this choice will certainly be passed to the customer incurable to synchronize the history.
  • Event 0. The program is introduced for execution right now t0.
  • Event 1. Presently t1, the program has actually formed a trade request as a result of the execution of a trade function. The trade demand is passed to the customer terminal. Then, the program passes the control to the customer terminal as well as the implementation of the program is stopped (the red point in the layout).
  • Event 2. The customer terminal has actually obtained the control and also the details concerning the demand materials. Within the amount of time between t2 as well as t3, the customer incurable evaluates the materials of the trade demand as well as decides on more Events.
  • Event 3. The customer terminal does that chosen (a couple of choices).
  • Choice 1. The control is passed to the program if the trade request developed as an outcome of the execution of one of trade features has turned out to be inaccurate. In this instance, the following Event will be Event 4 (this can occur if, for instance, the program has actually sent the request for opening up an order, the worth of which surpasses the account equity offered).

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  • Event 4. The program has actually gotten the control (minute t4, green factor) and can continue implementation from the place where the request has actually previously been developed. At the exact same minute, the program has received the details concerning that the trade order has not been performed. You can learn about the factor, for which the trade request has actually not been implemented, by analyzing the ode of the returned error. Below we will certainly consider the matter of exactly how to do this. Here, it needs to only be kept in mind that not all requests cause implementation of professions. In this case, the program has actually developed an incorrect demand, which causes that the customer terminal has declined this request and also returned the control to the program. In this case, no referencing to the web server happens. The moment intervals in between t1 - t2 - t3 - t4 are negligibly brief and do not go beyond a number of ms in total amount.
  • Event 5. Right now t5, the server has actually obtained the trade demand. The web server can execute or decline this received demand. The decision on implementing or denying of the request can be made at the web server side within a certain amount of time (at the moment t6). The moment interval between t5 and t6 can range from some nanoseconds to the lots of seconds, depending on the scenario. In some cases, if the web server runs in the automated setting as well as there are no fast movements in the marketplace and also other investors are not very active, the trade demand can be executed or rejected within a number of nanoseconds. In various other instances, if the web server is strained due to high activity of investors and if the choice on carrying out or declining of the demand is made by a human supplier, the time taken by making the decision can be counted in the loads of seconds.
  • Event 6. If no considerable modifications happen on the market within the time interval from the minute of forming the trade request by the program (t1) to the moment of choosing by the server (t6), the trade request will certainly be executed, as a rule. If the cost of the sign has changed within this time around or the worth of the order to be opened is surpassing cost-free equity of the account at the moment of making the decision, or other obstacles take place, after that the web server makes a decision to decline the trade request.
  • The web server's being rejected of trade requests (though they have currently been inspected by the client terminal) is common. In general, the most trade demands that are delivered to the server are approved to implementation by the web server. Nevertheless, in many cases, a request can be rejected, so your application program need to be coded as if it takes such opportunity into factor to consider as well as runs appropriately in such scenarios.
  • Whatever decision (to execute/reject a trade request, Event 6) is made by the server, the details about it is sent by the web server to the client terminal that has actually supplied the request.
  • Event 7. The customer terminal has obtained the server feedback. The web server feedback adheres to the very same path via the Internet as the request supplied to the web server; so the time spent on getting of the web server reaction completely depends on the link quality. According to the alterations made on the server, the customer terminal will show the matching changes. If the implementation of a trade demand results in shutting or opening up an order, the customer terminal will certainly present this event graphically in the sign home window and textually in the 'Terminal' window (the tabs 'Trade' as well as 'Account History'). No adjustments will be made in any kind of home windows of the client terminal if the server has actually denied the trade demand.
  • Event 8. The customer terminal has actually completed the showing of changes as well as is passing the control to the program.
  • Event 9. The program has gotten the control and can proceed running.
  • The program isn't in the waiting mode for a lengthy time (the interval in between t1 and also t4) if the trade demand is wrong. If the trade demand is 'authorized' by the client incurable as well as sent out to the server, the period of the program waiting period (t1-t9) can be various as well as depends on both the connection quality and on the time taken by choice production of the web server - for several milliseconds to mins.
  • As soon as the program obtains the control, it can continue operating. The operating program can examine the code of the last mistake returned by the client terminal as well as, in this fashion, discover whether the trade demand was executed or rejected.

Problems in Making Trades. Error 146

When taking into consideration over the attributes of the client terminal, we stated that the client terminal might process only one demand in a time. Let's currently consider what Events will happen if numerous requests formed by various programs will certainly be passed to the customer terminal.

When the client terminal is processing the first request (duration from t2 to t3), ea2 has actually also produced a demand and refers to the client terminal. In this situation, the customer terminal can rule out the request developed by EA2, so it will reject this request and also return the control to EA2. Please note that, in this situation, the request is denied by the client incurable except the request is incorrect, however because the terminal is active with processing of the various other request. EA2 will continue operating. It can assess the mistake code that describes the reason the request has been denied (in our situation, it is mistake 146).

The web server will only refine signals originating from a client terminal. If a customer terminal is disconnected from the Internet, or if an application program (Expert Advisor or script) running in it does not generate any type of handling actions, absolutely nothing will take place on the web server.

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The range of our research study consists of programs (Expert Advisors, manuscripts, and also customized indications) that perform partly or completely automated trading and that dramatically widen the educational upkeep of trading (see Figure 1). In this publication, you will certainly discover the description of program elements, as well as you will certainly locate the main rules of creating as well as utilizing programs. We will also take into consideration thoroughly examples of programs and also instances of the parameters of informative atmosphere of the customer terminal, which are available to a program during its implementation.

Most of instances, a program makes a trader's work much easier, getting rid of the need of a constant tracking of market situations, sitting before a computer system for an extended period of time. It may likewise help to eliminate nervous tension and also to reduce the variety of mistakes showing up in durations of severe psychological stress. But, the main thing is that making use of the program technique of trade management allows traders to create their own concepts and test them on historical data, to select optimum parameters for applying these ideas, and also lastly, to carry out a thought-out trading strategy.

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Some basic concepts

The topic of our rate of interest is a program written in MQL4. Prior to we start a detailed presentation of the rules of composing programs, it is required to define the basic ideas that define a program and its connections with the details environment. The MetaTrader 4 Client Terminal deals with an on-line connection. The circumstance on economic markets changes continually, which affects icon charts in the client terminal. Ticks give the client terminal with details concerning cost changes on the market.

The notion of a tick

A tick is an event that is identified by a new rate of the symbol at some instant.


Ticks are supplied to every customer terminal by a web server that is mounted in a dealing facility. As appropriate to the existing market situation, ticks may be gotten more or less often, yet each of them brings a brand-new quote -- the price of one currency shared in terms of one more money.

An application operating within the client terminal may persuade a long period of time, for instance, a number of days or weeks. Each application is carried out according to the regulations set for programs of a particular kind. As an example, an Expert Advisor (EA) does not function constantly regularly. An EA is generally launched at the minute when a new tick comes. Because of this, we do not characterize tick as just a new quote, but as an event to be refined by the client terminal.

The period of an EA's operation relies on what program code is included in the EA. Regular EAs full one information-processing cycle throughout some tenths or hundredths of a 2nd. Within this time, the EA can have refined some criteria, made a trading decision, supplied the trader with some useful information and so on. Having actually finished this part of its work, the EA goes to waiting mode until a brand-new tick comes. This new tick releases the EA again, the program makes its suitable operations once more and returns to the waiting setting. The detailed description of how the appearance of a new tick affects program procedure follows following.

The idea of control

Control is the term made use of to speak about the circulation of code execution within a program, as well as the circulation between the program and the client terminal.

Control is the procedure of performing actions predetermined by the program formula as well as the customer terminal functions. Control can be moved within the program from one code line to one more one, in addition to from the program to the client terminal.

Control is moved in a way comparable to one speaker providing the floor to an additional speaker at a meeting. Like speakers at a meeting, the customer incurable and the program transfer control to each various other. At that, the client terminal dominates. Its condition is more than the standing of the program, like the authority of the chairman is more than that of an average audio speaker.

Before the program is introduced, the control is under the guidance of the client terminal. As soon as the program is launched as well as a new tick is obtained, the customer terminal transfers the control to the program. The program code begins to be carried out presently.

The customer terminal, after it has actually moved the control to the program, does not quit its procedure. It continues working with maximal performance throughout the entire period of time it is introduced on the COMPUTER. The program can only begin running at the moment when the customer terminal has moved control to it (like the chairman of a conference controls the conference all the time it is going on, whereas the present speaker takes the floor for only a limited period of time).

After it has finished its operation, the program returns control to the customer incurable and can not launch itself on its own. While the program has control, the program identifies when to return control to the client terminal. In other words, the client terminal can not restore control from the program on its own. Dynamic actions of the individual (for example, required termination of the program) are an exception.

When reviewing the issues of efficiency and inner frameworks of programs, we are mostly curious about the part of control that is moved within a program. Allow us refer to the complying with number, Figure 2. The circles displayed in the number characterize some tiny, realistically completed fragments of a program, whereas the arrows in between the circles demonstrate how control is transferred from one fragment to another.

An implementing program, which is the one that has actually accepted control from the customer terminal, begins to take some activities according to its inherent formula. The program includes lines of code, which determine the order of program implementation. The basic order of program implementation is composed in consecutive transfer of control from one line to one more in the top-down instructions. In complying with sections, we will consider what can be written in program lines of code, and also according to what guidelines it can be composed.

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Right here, it is only vital to stress that every practically completed piece is executed -- as an example, some mathematical estimations are made, a message is presented on the screen, a trade order is created and so on. Up until the current fragment of the program is performed, it keeps the control. After it has been fully finished, the control is transferred to an additional fragment. Thus, control within a program is transferred from one realistically completed fragment to one more as they are performed. As quickly as the last fragment is performed, the program will return control to the

The idea of comment

A program contains two sorts of documents: the code that makes up the program itself, and the informative texts to the program code.

A comment is a non-executable and also optional part of a program that describes the code.

So, remark is an optional part of a program. It indicates that a prepared program will certainly function according to its code irrespective of whether there are comments in it or not. Comments promote understanding of the program code very a lot. There are multi-line as well as one-line comments. A one-line comment is any series of characters following a dual lower (//) on the exact same line. A multi-line remark begins with the personalities of/ * as well as is ended by */.

Variables and constants.

These two terms, variable as well as consistent, are thought about in one area given that these terms are extremely enclose themselves.

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The idea of continuous.

Part of a program, a continuous is an object that has a worth.


A continuous in a program is similar to a constant made use of in mathematical formulas. It is an invariable worth. To define the nature of a constant used in a mathematical language in higher information, let us refer to well-known physical and also mathematical constants.

The mankind has actually found natural, global constants, the values of which do not depend upon us at all. For example, in physics, free fall acceleration is always equal to 9.8 m/s/s; in mathematics, Pi = 3.14. Constants of the kind are various than constants in an algorithmic language.

Constant is also a term used in mathematical equations. For example, in the formula of Y = 3 * X + 7, numbers 3 as well as 7 are constants. The values of such constants are totally based on the will of the person that has made the formula. This is the closest analogy of constants used in MQL4 programs.

A continuous (as a value) is put by a designer in the code at the stage of its development. The continuous is defined only by its value, so the regards to 'continuous' as well as 'the worth of a consistent' are complete basic synonyms.

Exemplary constants:.

37, 3.14, real, "Kazan".

Practical Programming in MQL4.

This existing second part of the book considers the complying with problems: the order of performing trade operations, the concepts of coding as well as use basic scripts, Expert Advisors and signs, in addition to standard features typically used in programming in MQL4. All sections include some examples of programs that are ready to make use of, but minimal application field.

The section named Creation of Normal Programs gives an example you can use as a basis for developing your own simple Expert Advisor to be utilized in real trading.

All trading criteria given listed below are used for academic purposes and also must not be taken into consideration as guidelines in trading on actual accounts.