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Tutorial 29 | How to draw an adjustable rectangle or box using EasyLanguage legacy drawing tools

Welcome to tutorial 29 in this series to help you learn TradeStation EasyLanguage programming skills to, potentially,help in your forex, commodities or stock trading.

This tutorial was originally created using TradeStation version 8.6. It may not work with earlier versions.

This video tutorial aims to show you how to create a rectangle or box using EasyLanguage. In particular, it demonstrates the use of TL_New, TL_GetEndDate, TL_GetEndTime, TL_SetEnd, TL_SetEnd etc.

The unprotected program for version 8.7 and above is available for immediate download for $19.95 here:

The program works in TradeStation versions 8.7, 8.8 and 9.0 and is commented throughout.

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Tutorial 29 Video – How to create a box using TradeStation EasyLanguage


The unprotected program for version 8.7 and above is available for immediate download for $19.95 here:

The program works in TradeStation versions 8.7, 8.8 and 9.0 and is commented throughout.

Part 2 – Add descriptive and dynamic text to the box

In part 2 of tutorial 29 I demonstrate how to add text to the box. I add text to the top (yellow) line such that the text displays the current price level of the line and its position is adjusted when the yellow or teal lines are moved. The value is changed when the yellow line is moved.

I also add text to show the price level of the red line. Similarly, the value of this text is adjusted when the red line is moved and its location is adjusted when the red or teal line is moved.

Finally, text is added next to the teal line at the average of the top and bottom lines, to show the time value of the line. The value is adjusted if the teal line is moved. Its location is adjusted if either the red or yellow lines are moved.

Sounds complicated? Watch the video…

The unprotected program for version 8.7 and above is available for immediate download for $19.95 here:

The program works in TradeStation versions 8.7, 8.8 and 9.0 and is commented throughout.

If you see any errors in this tutorial – or I have not made something clear, I would be most grateful if you could please let me know. You can e-mail me at: tutorials@markplex.com. Also, let me know if you have any ideas for new tutorials.