TradeStation Made Easy!: Using EasyLanguage to Build Profits with the World's Most Popular Trading Software


Sunny Harris has been a TradeStation® user and advocate since its inception in 1991. Her back-testing methodologies using TradeStation® have remained widely popular over the years with online strategy traders. Sunny's writing is thorough and easy to read. We think this is a valuable book for anyone who is interested in learning more about strategy trading.—SALOMON SREDNI, Chairman and CEO, TradeStation Group, Inc.

"One of the early users of TradeStation® software, Sunny Harris has been studying and programming trading strategies for more than thirty years. . . . Through the many examples Sunny walks you through in this book, you'll have a much better understanding of how to use EasyLanguage® to create your own strategies."—From the Foreword by BILL CRUZ, founder and former CEO, TradeStation Group, Inc.

With over 100,000 users, TradeStation® has become one of the most popular tools for both professional and individual traders. While the software allows traders to design their own strategies, back-test them on years of historical data, and then computer-automate them, it's the power of EasyLanguage®—TradeStation®'s proprietary programming language—that makes all of this possible. By mastering EasyLanguage® you have the power to test, and potentially profit from, any idea you can imagine.

TradeStation® Made Easy! is the first and only book to explain exactly how to use the unique language behind this bestselling software program. Written by self-taught EasyLanguage® programmer Sunny Harris, this one-of-a kind guide covers the essence of programming in EasyLanguage® and provides valuable real-world insights from years of author experience in this field. Along the way, Harris also walks you through the process of installing TradeStation®, using it for the first time or two, and writing your first several indicators and strategies. And while new versions of TradeStation® are always released, there's no need to worry. The concepts found throughout these pages are applicable to whatever version of TradeStation® you may be using. It also works on MultiCharts.

Sunny J. Harris is a professional trader and President of Sunny Harris Enterprises, Inc. A former member of the Market Technicians Association, she is also publisher of the popular Trader's Catalog and Resource Guide (TC&RG). Ms. Harris was the number one trader two years in a row in the under-$10 million category rated by Stark Research, achieving a 365% profit in 1993 and 178% in 1994. She is the author of four other books: Trading 101, Trading 102, Electronic Day Trading 101, and Getting Started in Trading.



Author's Note.

Chapter 1 Introduction To Easylanguage.

Chapter 2 Quick Start.

Chapter 3 Understanding The Process.

Chapter 4 Basic Use Of TradeStation.

Chapter 5 Basic Math.

Chapter 6 Basic EasyLanguage.

Chapter 7 Programming Conventions.

Chapter 8 Statements.

Chapter 9 Ifs, Ands, And Buts.

Chapter 10 Begin And End (Block Statements).

Chapter 11 Loops.

Chapter 12 Analysis Techniques.

Chapter 13 Buying And Selling.

Chapter 14 Functions.

Chapter 15 Tricky Math.

Chapter 16 TradeStation Tricks.

Chapter 17 Optimization.

Chapter 18 System Performance.

Chapter 19 Conclusion.

Appendix A Styles.

Appendix B Reserved Words.

Appendix C Formulas.

Appendix D Full Code For The System And Studies In This Book.

Appendix E Baskets.

Appendix F Where's The Command?

Appendix G.1 Built-In Functions And Indicators (Alphabetical Listing).

Appendix G.2 Built-In Functions And Indicators (Functional Listing).

Appendix H Tradestation Add-On Products And Services.

Appendix I Tradestation User Groups.

Appendix J Error Messages.

Appendix K What's Wrong With This Code?