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Building Winning Trading Systems with TradeStationTM
By: R., Pruitt, George & Hill, John

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Synopsis:
Information on using TradeStation software to design, build and implement a trading system or strategy has been scarce. Now, trading system expert John Hill shows step-by-step fashion how to: * Write TradeStation code to make their individual trading systems a reality * Put TradeStation in a real-world context, not manual-style examples * Learn the importance of having a system for consistent success Written in an understandable manner - professionals and individuals alike will learn to master the industry-standard software.

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Jacket Description:
TradeStation™ has gained worldwide acceptance as the premiere investment software platform, but information regarding it has been limited and focused mainly on functionality–until now. In Building Winning Trading Systems with TradeStation™, systems experts George Pruitt and John Hill show you how to unlock the power of this platform–specifically TradeStation™ 6.0–and profit from it as you trade a variety of markets including the futures, commodities, and stock market, to name just a few. Since a large portion of this book involves actual computer code, a companion CD-ROM with numerous programs and data is also included.
Building Winning Trading Systems with TradeStation™ is essentially two books in one–a trading system development guide and a guide to TradeStation™’s programming language. Within the first few chapters of this informative resource, you’ll be introduced to EasyLanguage®, the powerful programming language that sets TradeStation™ apart from other software packages. Building on this foundation, Building Winning Trading Systems with TradeStation™ discusses the essentials of programming, from proper programming techniques and program control structures to data structures and analysis techniques such as PaintBar, Indicator, ShowMe, Function, and Strategies.
With the basics of programming behind you, this comprehensive guide covers all aspects of researching, building, understanding, and evaluating your own trading strategies and systems in conjunction with TradeStation™ and EasyLanguage®. In-depth analysis provides practical guidance on:
How to understand trading system performance and proper strategy optimization Good trading ideas, their codes, and how to translate them into software How to fix your logic and programs through the art of debugging Developing, researching, and testing trading ideas And much more
With the knowledge gained from these discussions, you’ll learn how to put your trading ideas into action and make the right decisions. But that’s not all. Chapters dedicated to the utilization of TradeStation™’s Percentage Change charts, options strategies, and interviews with some of today’s leading systems developers and traders round out this definitive volume.
Whether you trade stocks, futures, options, or commodities, the one thing you need for any of these markets is a reliable trading system. Building Winning Trading Systems with TradeStation™ will show you how to use the world’s best investment software platform to develop and utilize trading systems that really work.


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Table of Contents:
Introduction
Chapter 1. Fundamentals
Chapter 2. Easy Language Program Structure
Chapter 3. Program Control Structures
Chapter 4. TradeStation Analysis Techniques
Chapter 5. Measuring Trading System Performance and System Optimization
Chapter 6. Trading Strategies that Work or The Big Damn Chapter on Trading Systems
Chapter 7. Debugging and OutPut
Chapter 8. TradeStation as a Research Tool
Chapter 9.Using TradeStation's Percent Change Charts to Track Relative Performance
Chapter 10. Options
Chapter 11. Developer's Interviews
Appendix A. Easy Language Syntax Errors
Appendix B. TradeStation 2001i Source Code of Select Programs
Appendix C. Reserved Words Quick Reference



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