I strongly believe that a good quality, efficient, and stable computer hardware and OS software infrastructure is all it takes to run any application (NT, SierraCharts, Multicharts, PointOfSale, Banking Apps, ERP/CRM, etc) efficiently, productively, and crash-less.
I can testify and confirm that I've not had a single crash of my NT since I run it on my MAC OS X VM environment for one and a half years now. When I used to run it natively on a Windows HP and DEL PCs, I occasionally had crashes. When I ran it on a cloned-PC, I had crashes all the time.
So, instead of switching from NT, have a close look at your computer hardware/software infrastructure, and see if you can make changes in this regard.
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Parallels on the MAC is faster and rock solid (Fusion is fine to). If you are worried about latency, then you will want to run native. I run in VM for development, then run a production machine that only runs trading.
Ice pack under your laptop ? Is Studio City CA hotter than Lagos, Nigeria where I reside ? This place is hot and humid (33 degree Celsius today). I have a MacBook 13" and a MacBook Pro 17" all running NT, and I don't use no ice pack and no over-heat for one and half years now.
Well, it helps, but there is such a thing as buggy software. The harder you push ninja, the more you tempt it to crash. I can run NT crash-free as long as I restart it every day, and don't try to run any big backtest/optimizations.
As a data point, multicharts 6 beta2 with a few charts (11 symbols) and indicators up runs at about 100MB resident size for me, split among a few executables. It has some nice charting and UI features compared to NT, but isn't as hackable (like, you can't make bar types). And easylanguage feels like handcuffs sometimes, though if against a wall you can make a dll and call into it.
Interestingly enough, MC was able to pull 3 days of ES tick data from my zen-fire today. I thought they only advertised 1 day of backfill. go figure...
It's funny you reached this point when you did. I've been frustrated enough with NT beta 9 that I signed up for a barchart.com feed for history and I'm going to be running MC exclusively for charting for a while.
I am looking at MultiCharts as well. Trying to decide between Neo and MC. That reminds me of one big point I left off the MC advantages list... their engineering team is top notch, and I hardly ever see the crap that NT pulls (reset database, we can't reproduce it, reinstall NT, delete everything else on your computer, etc).
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