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Tutorial 106 | Horizontal fading pivot lines

Using the TradeStation EasyLanguage HorizontalLine object

Tutorial 106 is a TradeStation EasyLanguage programming tutorial that demonstrates how to draw horizontal lines at historical pivot levels (pivot lines) on a chart using the HorizontalLine drawing object. The objective of the program is to draw horizontal lines at the level of every pivot that forms.

The tutorial only uses low pivots although I have created another version that uses low and high pivots. These lines gradually fade out as the length of time since the pivot occurred increases. After a number of bars the lines are deleted completely. The tutorial hard codes the number of bars that it looks at to 255, although this could be fairly easily increased.

Tutorial 106 applied too a 1 minute EURUSD chart. Notice how the transparency of the lines vary.
Tutorial 106 applied too a 1 minute EURUSD chart. Notice how the transparency of the lines vary.

This program is available as a free download for Gold Pass members, who will also receive a more advanced program that draws lines at both high and low pivots. I am also making the two programs available for download.

Tutorial 106 applied to a daily IBM three line break chart.
Tutorial 106 applied to a daily IBM three line break chart.

Tutorial 106 is different from the following programs and tutorials both in programming technique (it uses vectors rather than arrays, and doesn’t use the legacy drawing objects). It also functions by altering the opacity of lines based on age, rather than grouping lines by level.

Two different approaches

Tutorial 106 applied to a EURUSD renko chart
Tutorial 106 applied to a EURUSD renko chart

I used two different approaches to write this program.

  1. In the first I drew a line when each pivot was formed on historical bars. On the last bar of the chart I then looped through all the lines and deleted those for which the pivots occurred over a user defined number of bars. This program worked fine, but was wasteful of resources, as lines were drawn that ultimately would be deleted. I also started to exceed the maximum number of drawing objects allowed (and course, this depends on how much history you have loaded).
  2. In the second, more efficient approach”(as demonstrated in the video and included in the download), as the program processed each historical bar if a pivot was found its bar number was added to a vector. On the last bar of the chart I went though this vector and deleted all pivot information that occurred over a certain number of bars ago. I then drew the horizontal lines for the pivots that occurred more recently. Then as each new bar was formed that transparency of all the lines was adjusted, the older the line, the more transparent.

This tutorial applies to TradeStation (but not MultiCharts) because it uses TradeStation’s new drawing objects. It is tested on version 9.5, update 11.

Programming techniques

Tutorial 106 applied to a 30 minute Agilent Technologies Inc chart
Tutorial 106 applied to a 30 minute Agilent Technologies Inc chart

Tutorial 106 makes use of vectors, and .push_back to add new elements to the vector. It uses .Erase to modify a vector to only include a certain range of its original elements, and .Count to count the elements in the vector.

The program also makes extensive use of drawing tools as well as styling (setting the color, thickness, transparency etc) of drawing objects. DrawingObjects.Items[ ObjectCategory.HorizontalLineCreatedByAnalysisTechnique ] is used to create a vector of all the horizontal lines drawn.

The drawing tool

tutorial106-horizontal-line-pricesThe horizontal drawing tool draws a horizontal line across the screen that keeps extending with each new bar. It also provides text showing the price level. In this program no text objects are used because the price level is automatically included with the horizontal line tool.

Tutorial 106 inputs

// Pivot inputs
int LeftStrength( 3 ), // Left strength of pivots
int RightStrength( 3 ), // Right strength of pivots

// Trendline attributes
int TLWeight( 3 ), // Determines the thickness oof the trendline. Valid numbers are integers between 0 and 6
int TLStyle( 0 ), // 0 = solid, 1 = dashed, 2 = dotted, 3 = dashed2, 4 = dashed3
string LowerColor( “Green” ), // Color of horizontal lines indicating at the level of low pivots

double Accel( 2 ); // Sets how quickly the line colors ‘decay’ and ‘fade’ after the pivot occurs

Tutorial 106 video

Gold pass area

This content is for members only.

Download the tutorial 106 eld: _Tutorial106.eld for $64.95

it contains the following two programs:

  • _Tutorial 106 NEW (the program demonstrated in the video)
  • _Tutorial 106 NEW HiLo (the program that analyzes high and low pivots)

This tutorial applies to TradeStation (but not MultiCharts) because it uses TradeStation’s object oriented extensions. The programs have been tested with TradeStation 9.5 update 11.

Gold pass members can download the program at no cost (see the Gold Pass area above. Make sure you are logged in to the site). 

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Available colors

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