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Default Formatting numbers

Applies to NinjaTrader 8 and NinjaTrader 7

String formatting on numbers is very useful for creating readable output. This can be done through the use of the number object’s ToString() method.

A common practice is printing out mathematical operations with the use of the ToString() method on the double object. What usually happens is the printing of a long string containing all the decimal places existing in the double. This sometimes makes output cluttered and hard to read. Luckily, C# has a robust set of string formatting options available to make the string more comprehendible.

Here is a list of common formatting options available in the ToString() method:
double c = 10.25693;
Print("No formatting: " + c.ToString());
Print("Currency formatting: " + c.ToString("C"));
Print("Exponential formatting: " + c.ToString("E"));
Print("Fixed-point formatting: " + c.ToString("F2"));
Print("General formatting: " + c.ToString("G"));
Print("Percent formatting: " + c.ToString("P0"));
Print("Formatted to 2 decimal places: " + c.ToString("N2"));
Print("Formatted to 3 decimal places: " + c.ToString("N3"));
Print("Formatted to 4 decimal places: " + c.ToString("N4"));
The corresponding output is as follows:
No formatting: 10.25693
Currency formatting: $10.26
Exponential formatting: 1.025693E+001
Fixed-point formatting: 10.26
General formatting: 10.25693
Percent formatting: 1,026 %
Formatted to 2 decimal places: 10.26
Formatted to 3 decimal places: 10.257
Formatted to 4 decimal places: 10.2569
For custom formatting you can use the following:
double phoneNumber = 9162031022;
Print("Phone number: " + phoneNumber.ToString("(###) ### - ####"));
Corresponding output:
Phone number: (916) 203 - 1022
For more information on general string formatting this guide may be of use. Many other resources can be found online through a google search as well.
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