I've had more than one deleted on the NT forums (usually be Dierk), and Ray contacted me directly on more than one occasion due to all the problems I kept pointing out that they kept ignoring.
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I am not a programmer!!! Therefore, my search for software to assist in automated trading went far and wide. Tried it all...Here's what I eventually found (and I still have not been satisfied to trade live yet):
1. Started with Linnsoft Investor RT. I could program that proprietary software just through logical thought process. Incredibly expansive and adaptable for simple through complex strategies. Fairly priced (a year ago). I backtested 100's of strategies and then wanted to trade live. That's when the deal fell apart. Too complicated (for me) and not ready for prime time IMO.
2. Therfore, next step was NinjaTrader. Difficult for me as a non-programmer to learn the quirks of C# but I persevered. Fine. Had to hire consultants to help me at times. Again, tested 100's of backtesting strategies. BANG! Started crashing. Tried Simultaed trading. BANG. Crash. Tried simple simulated strategy trading. Then wanted to adjust straegy and try a backtest. Quickly crashed. I am a small timer but would not feel safe with an automated strategy on NT6.5. NOT AT ALL.
3. Recently, browsed back to Investor R/T. EXCITED that they are in Beta testing for tie-in to Mirus and Zen-Fire (Rythmic). If this Beta works out, I would recommend the capabilities of this software. Other boards don't seem to like IRT alot but I could not understand why. We'll see if live trading works.
4. While waiting on NT7 and I R/T, I am now thinking that simply using Excel may be the best option. Again, for me...excel is easy to program, has countless help avenues and has a couple of third-party software add-ons (XLQ and Trader-XL) that seem to be "all I could ever need". This would require moving to IB however, but IB has an Excel template all ready.
Just some random experiences of walking through the automated trade jungle as a non-programmer.
That is BS!!! I have had neg posts deleted from there forums and been threatened with a ban if I repost it. Derk from Germany did not like what I had to say (did not use any inappropriate language and did not name call either) just stated my opinion. Apperantly he took it personally because it was his post I was referencing. Ray came in and settled it after I complained about the unfair treatment from derk as well as his threats of banning me.
The subject- lol, ninja hanging and freezing . Claimed it could be peoples comps, or their internet. Imagine that, everything except ninja .
i came back to it this past weekend just to export data from which i didn't know how to do on tradestation. it took 4 times to have it load w/o crashing after a clean install (i removed it a while ago), and it will still hang if i touch anything.
i have had ZERO problems with tradestation and have found you can do way more in easylanguage than in C# simply because NT limits so much of what you could do with C#. I literally have 100 times the calculations on multiple worksheets in TS and the 16 that im running now on NT makes it use MORE ram than TS.
good to see the NT7 beta is out, however running tradestation side by side NT, NT has no chance of even being a contender regardless of what the version number is.
NT simply doesn't have the budget to make a quality product. Tradestation does.
In some ways I'm with you on that. If you consider the trade universe to be only relative value or momentum strategies, NT is poor in the relative value department. One of the things I'm hoping (and in my own little way hope to contribute to) is that the new DB structure of NT7 and its new .NET support will facilitate third-party contribution for things other than indicators (relative value tools, risk management tools, etc).