"Using EasyLanguage 9.x"
|by Murray Ruggiero, Arthur Putt & William Brower. Edited by Sunny Harris.
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This is ALL the code in the book.
TradeStation is a powerful tool for collecting equity price data, charting price data, and analyzing price data in order to enhance the probability of a profitable stock or commodity trade. Other collecting and charting applications exist; however. From the first release of TradeStation, traders have had the ability to translate their trading methods into viable studies and systems that are executed by a personal computer. By using the the TradeStation Development Environment (TDE ), a trader is able to develop studies, systems, and user functions specific to their own individual trading methods. EasyLanguage provides the means to back-test those custom ideas on historical data and generate realtime trading signals going forward.
EasyLanguage is the programming engine used to develop a study or system. EasyLanguage is unique in that it is a programming language similar to Pascal but was designed specifically for traders. It is relatively easy to use because it uses English-like commands but is still quite powerful. This differentiates it from other charting applications for the personal computer.
The word “programming” may be intimidating to many. However, by following the steps and doing the examples in each chapter, you will quickly see that much more is to be gained from TradeStation other than just charting data. Those that have tried to program a study or system in EasyLanguage quickly found out that the words may be common but the rules for using the words are foreign. By concentrating on a few basic rules, many fears and complications can be avoided.
For beginner and experienced programmers alike, expect to spend many hours writing and re-writing code until you get the correct results. By correct results, meaning the study or your system does exactly as told by the program whether the method is profitable or not profitable. Numerous hours may be spent writing code for a study or system only to find out the results are not what were expected. Will those hours be a waste of time? No, you will have gained additional experience in programming and may well use some of that code later in some other study or system. Besides, finding out a trading strategy is unprofitable by back-testing is a lot cheaper than finding out by trading it.
The purpose of this book is to introduce you to the EasyLanguage way of programming and provide you with sufficient knowledge in the use of EasyLanguage to become confident to program your own trading methods and to utilize TradeStation to do the back-testing, optimizing and trading signal generation. It is not intended to replace the EasyLanguage Manual, which is supplied with TradeStation, containing descriptions of the built-in studies, functions and systems along with examples of their use. It is a good idea to be aware of that helpful manual and that you become familiar with the documentation that is supplied with TradeStation.
This book has been updated to include the new features of TradeStation 9. The chapters have been rewritten and modified to include comments about the new features where appropriate.
NOTE: There is a CD-Rom to accompany this book (for a small extra fee). The CD contains all the code found in this book. It's more than worth the price.
In our community of traders, during the late 1990’s there was one book which was the best way for people who have never programmed to learn EasyLanguage and be able to put their ideas in code. In our community it was known as “The Putt Book”. This book was last updated in 1998 for TradeStation 2000i. Murray Ruggiero bought the rights to this book in 1996 and made it one it one of the best-selling books of its time.
Murray, like the Putt book, has been quiet in the TradeStation community for over a decade, but now both of them are back. Murray has been busy with research and other projects, but he is now back as an EasyLanguage developer. If you don’t remember Murray, he was the premier add-on developer during the second half of the 1990’s and was even featured on the cover of Omega Magazine which was published during the late 1990’s. Now Murray has personally updated “The Putt Book” for TradeStation and is calling it “Using EasyLanguage 9.xx.”
This one-of-a-kind book gives novice EasyLanguage programmers a chance at getting great. The original Putt Book was the springboard for most of us who now speak EasyLanguage proficiently. I even cite “The Putt Book” in my “TradeStation Made Easy!” book, drawing from its many examples.
That said, I must interject a caveat. Murray, and his counterpart Putt, are way smarter than we regular folks. As a consequence, they don’t realize just how slow we can be and how much information we need before we understand what they are meaning to tell us. Sometimes the text in this book is lacking in full explanations that we all can understand. To that I must say, “Give it time.” Read and re-read if you have to, in order to grasp the concepts. It is really, really worth it. There is a treasure trove of easy and complex concepts in “The Putt Book”, from which we all draw. In this new work by Murray Ruggiero et al, “Using EasyLanguage 9.x”, the treasure is exponential.
I thought I knew a lot of EasyLanguage, having written “the book” (“TradeStation Made Easy!”) and having studied and practiced EasyLanguage for many, many years. But, I find with “Using EasyLanguage 9.xx” I am learning more than I knew I was missing. For instance, in Chapter 7 I am learning new text commands and more about ExpertCommentary manipulation. In Chapter 9 I was pleased to get more instruction on including systems within each other and on using the Global Variable DLL.
Every chapter has something in it that is new and fresh. Every chapter is a “must read” for all traders. Yet, every chapter has something in it that you will have to think about a second time to understand. The material is intended for beginners, but is complex enough to excite veterans.
Author of “TradeStation Made Easy!” “Trading 101—How to Trade Like a Pro,” “Trading 102—Getting Down to Business,” “Electronic Day Trading 101,” and “Getting Started in Trading.”
Editor of www.moneymentor.com and “Sunny Side of the Street”
|Table of Contents (of the book)|
USING EASYLANGUAGE 9.X
Table Of Contents
1..... THE BASICS (RULES)
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