The moment the CME introduced electronic trading through Globex in 1992, Futures and Forex trading were changed forever. It did not take long for programmers to figure out that they could use technology to gain insight into markets that other traders could not see with the naked eye. As awareness of systems trading has grown over the years, many traders are now interested in systems development but don’t know how to get started or what it takes to be a systems developer. This article is an introduction to the three core subjects we feel traders need to understand in order to develop trading systems.
While there are many different languages used by systems developers, Java, C#, C++ and VBA seem to be the most popular. Due to their popularity and wide spread acceptance, there are various educational resources to learn these languages. If you already know these languages, that is great. If not, pick one and take an online course to learn more. Once you’ve learned the basics of coding, you should find a futures trading platform that allow for traders to write their own custom code into charts. Our flagship trading platform, dt Pro, allow developers to code in C# so they can write their own code and take their trading to the next level.
An important part of Automated Trade Systems is back testing. Back testing is a way for traders to test their systems against historical data for performance purposes. System developers can also use back testing to determine what methodologies performed best in specific markets over specific periods of time. Back testing brings a whole new level of technical analysis to the investor and can highlight trade ideas that may not have been seen before. It is important to remember that back testing is not the magic key to investing; it is merely another tool in your market analysis arsenal. When back testing, make sure to use a long time frame in order to generate a large sample size. In addition, always test out your trading system with real time paper trading to make sure the system works in both historical environments and the present. If you have a demo or live dt Pro account, you can visit our back testing features in Charts & Quotes -> Custom Indicators -> Back-Test Results or you can read our online user guide.
Application Programming Interfaces (API)
Application Programming Interfaces (API) is what enables a software program (i.e. trading system) to interact with your online trading account. An API’s purpose is to connect the trader at home or work to your trading account and then exchange. The developer runs the system on his computer, and when signals are generated, the orders are sent through the API for execution. The API allows the user to access real time data for charts, quotes, and trade execution confirmations.
Our dt Pro platform’s back end technology supports a fully object oriented API called OneLink. OneLink, a robust, low-latency application, is multi-threaded so it can support many simultaneous requests, and it’s asynchronous so you’re not stalling your application waiting for a response. Once your application is connected and authorized, you can utilize OneLink with a signal application or across a distributed network!
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