Highlighted the Forex data

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In this article, we will continue developing the Forex application which bases on the alpha vantage API. If you have read my previous article then I just want to let you know that I will temporary stop developing the Forex application which bases on the Fxcm API because of some technical issues. Once the technical issues have been resolved then we can return back to this Forex application again.

Basically, in this chapter, I have added in a few rows of code to the previous alpha vantage Forex application program to highlight those Forex data returned by an API call.

import json
from tkinter import *
import tkinter.ttk as tk
from alpha_vantage.foreignexchange import ForeignExchange

win = Tk() # Create tk instance
win.title("Real Forex") # Add a title
win.resizable(0, 0) # Disable resizing the GUI
win.configure(background='white') # change window background color

selectorFrame = Frame(win, background="white") # create top frame to hold base and quote currency combobox
selectorFrame.pack(anchor = "nw", pady = 2, padx=10)
currency_label = Label(selectorFrame, text = "Select base currency / quote currency :", background="white")
currency_label.pack(anchor="w") # the currency pair label

curr1 = tuple() # the tuple which will be populated by base and quote currency
currency_list = ['AUD', 'BCH', 'BNB', 'BND', 'BTC', 'CAD', 'CHF', 'CNY', 'EOS', 'EUR', 'ETH', 'GBP', 'HKD', 'JPY', 'LTC', 'NZD', 'MYR', 'TRX', 'USD', 'USDT', 'XLM', 'XRP'] # major world currency pairs

# populate the combo box for both the base and quote currency
for key in currency_list:
    curr1 += (key, )

# Create a combo box for base currency
base_currency = StringVar() # create a string variable
based = tk.Combobox(selectorFrame, textvariable=base_currency)
based['values'] = curr1
based.pack(side = LEFT, padx=3)

# Create a combo box for quote currency
quote_currency = StringVar() # create a string variable
quote = tk.Combobox(selectorFrame, textvariable=quote_currency)
quote['values'] = curr1
quote.pack(side = LEFT, padx=3)

s = StringVar() # create string variable which will be used to fill up the Forex data
# create currency frame and text widget to display the incoming forex data
currencyFrame = Frame(win)
currency = Label(currencyFrame)
text_widget = Text(currency, fg='white', background='black')
s.set("Click the find button to find out the currency exchange rate")
text_widget.insert(END, s.get())

buttonFrame = Frame(win) # create a bottom frame to hold the find button
buttonFrame.pack(side = BOTTOM, fill=X, pady = 6)

def get_exchange_rate(): # this method will display the incoming forex data after the api called
    # first get the api key and secret from the file
    f = open("alpha.txt", "r")
    api_key = f.readline()

    api_key = api_key.replace('\n', '')

        cc = ForeignExchange(key= api_key)
        from_ = based.get()
        to_ = quote.get()

        countVar = StringVar()  # use to hold the character count
        text_widget.tag_remove("search", "1.0", "end")  # cleared the hightlighted currency pair

        if(from_ != '' and to_ != '' and from_ != to_):
            data, _ = cc.get_currency_exchange_rate(from_currency=from_, to_currency=to_)
            exchange_rate = dict(json.loads(json.dumps(data)))
            count = 1
            sell_buy = str(count) + ".) Pair : " + exchange_rate['1. From_Currency Code'] + "(" + exchange_rate['2. From_Currency Name'] + ")" + " / " + exchange_rate['3. To_Currency Code']+"(" + exchange_rate['4. To_Currency Name'] + ") : "  + str(exchange_rate['5. Exchange Rate']) + '\n'
            text_widget.delete('1.0', END)  # clear all those previous text first
            text_widget.insert(INSERT, s.get())  # display forex rate in text widget

            pos = text_widget.search(from_, "1.0", stopindex="end", count=countVar)
            text_widget.tag_configure("search", background="green")
            end_pos = float(pos) + float(0.7)
            text_widget.tag_add("search", pos, str(end_pos))  # highlight the background of the searched currency pair
            pos = float(pos) + 2.0

        print("An exception occurred")

action_vid = tk.Button(buttonFrame, text="Find", command=get_exchange_rate) # button used to find out the exchange rate of currency pair


If you run the program again this is what you can expect to see.

We will continue to develop this Forex application in the next chapter.


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