That is a difficult and personal question, and OT for this thread so I'll answer more in bullet points if that is OK.
- NT is C# and open and powerful. But NT and/or C# might not be the best solution for my long-term needs. I am therefore (slowly) trying to seperate my trade execution ideas from any particular platform.
- Visual Studio is an IDE for Windows. Like it or not Windows is the dominant app in middle office and back office, and competes with C++/Java on linux for front office. If you code, you need an IDE.
So how does it help my trading? I need to put some filters on here for compliance reasons, so take this with a grain of salt.
Learning this stuff keeps me employed/makes me employable. I love the capital markets, and I love technology. It wasn't that long ago when the guy who had the pigeon beat the guy who had the horse rider. Now its WinForms vs. WPF vs. C++ using some Nokia GUI vs. whatever.
My personal account trading is low risk/low return, with a target of 800 basis points above the risk free rate PA. Its what works for me. I have yet to find a better way, but I do work on it every day. Otherwise, I need to work and get paid for it to feed the kids. I market my abilities as someone who uses technology in the capital markets. I missed the Pit trading generation, we are at the end of the Click trading generation (IMHO), so moving forward one needs a holistic approach.
I make some money in the markets through trading (home), and some through helping the less technical make money (job). I live to learn. Every day.
Not sure if that answers your question...
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wow amazing post(s)... VS is much better than Ninja's editor especially for the newbie (i spent way too much time fixing variable errors or brackets when I first started and the editor in Ninja doesnt tell you what is wrong half the time)
just a side not, if you already have indicators (or strategies) you need to import them into your solution explorer so that they will be referenced (Solution Explorer : Indicators --> R Click --> Add Existing Item --> your indicator ... the solution built with ninja only imports indicators with an '@' in front..
also I am using VS Express and its working fine so far
I haven't tried yet, but can't get my thoughts around it. I would like to create a tool for NT7, as an example, a DOM window of my own design. What would be my approach on plugging it into NT7? For instance, say I wanted to add a link in a "right click menu" or in the "top menu" to pull up this DOM. Where would I do so? Just a brief overview would suffice if someone would be so kind.
at first an Addition:
If you use the x64 Version of NT, you have to navigate into the "\NinjaTrader 7\bin64" Folder.
Second a Question - MXASJ suggest, to use the "Add as link" - Option when import Strategies or even Indicators:
I am not shure about this. The VS-Project is located in the original NT - Folder, therefore it seems logical to me to use the normal ADD Option instead of the "Add as link" Option. Perhaps in this case both Options are the same?