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Learning to code for trading

I went through the forum but couldn't really find an answer I was looking for.
I've decided to learn to code and based on my research the language I want to learn is Python.

The question is for anyone who has experience in coding, especially trading related, can you recommend a path to take to become good at Python? I have very basic understanding of coding in general, however I've working in IT for many years and a tech guy.

I am currently taking a very basic online introduction to Python on Udemy. From what I've read online in order to become an expert in Python (or any other language I assume) I need to choose a specific path or an area of interest, in this case it would probably be science/machine learning/etc.

Can you recommend some kind of courses (online/offline), books, etc. to give me good knowledge and understanding of Python that can eventually help me out in building strategies and all that good stuff related to trading?
I currently use InvestorRT and their RTL language, but that is very basic even though not too bad. I do have Ninja as well but only for execution and BookMap.


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My first answer would be Udemy

Then there are a few webinars on futures.io like :
https://futures.io/matlab-r-project-python/41680-webinar-prototyping-trading-strategies-python-w-ran-aroussi.html

A series of courses that i personally like a lot is on youtube :



An there are more on youtube that you will find

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Iím currently starting to read ďPython for financeĒ. I just started so canít say how good it is but Iím hoping! That said, Iím an advanced coder but a beginner trader and just getting started. In regards to becoming an expert coder, if I can offer any advice itíd be that besides reading and webinars come up with some fun ideas for projects that excite you and just go for it.

Google and Stack Overflow are your friend. Iíve learned much more by trying and struggling through rather than by just reading. That said, reading is also valuable!

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I started a course on Udemy, called Python Bible. Very basic but that's what I need right now. They also have lots about finance so might look into that later.

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Is there a reason you want to learn Python? If you already have Ninja, then I highly recommend getting started with NinjaScript. When it comes to creating your own trading & software solution, the hard part isn't the language. It's working with data, back-testing, and charting. And NinjaTrader takes care of those hard parts for you!

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Is there a reason you want to learn Python? If you already have Ninja, then I highly recommend getting started with NinjaScript. When it comes to creating your own trading & software solution, the hard part isn't the language. It's working with data, back-testing, and charting. And NinjaTrader takes care of those hard parts for you!

No reason for Python, just picked a language that seems popular today and fairly easy.
In regards to Ninja, how hard is the language? I use InvestorRT right now for some strategies and it seems fairly easy. Any good resource to learn Ninja coding?

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In regards to Ninja, how hard is the language? ... Any good resource to learn Ninja coding?

NinjaTrader uses C# as it's language. It's a modern and extremely straight forward language to use. And because the language is supported by Microsoft, there are a lot of resources and courses out on the web.

Here are a few ways to get the basics of programming (in C#):
- Pluralsight. I'd do the Beginner section of the C# learning path. And if you end up wanting to really bolster your C# skills, then Pluralsight is a great place to go.
- Udemy. This course is a great, cheap introduction. Udemy has a lot of courses at great prices (always wait for a site-wide special for courses less than $15).

If you already have a foundations in the basics of programming or if want a more trading focused introduction to programming, then here are some NinjaTrader tutorials I've enjoyed:
- Programming Webinar, from NinjaTrader. I like this one because it shows how you can use the NinjaTrader platform to quickly bootstrap a strategy and then start modifying the code to your specifications.
- Strategy Creation Walk-Through, by our very own BigMike. This is a great, to-the-point tutorial for the thought process of creating a strategy. Though, it's a bit dated and uses an older version of NinjaTrader, so you can't just copy-paste to follow along.

And then, if you really want to get your hands deep into C# + Trading, then here's a pretty active open source trading platform:
- QuantConnect's Lean. It's not as mature as NinjaTrader so there are a lot of issues to work through. But, it's a really supportive dev community for people who want to learn and contribute.

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