Through the evolution of Asirikuy trading systems we have gone from very primitive implementations (much more hobby than production quality) to functionally decomposed systems with professional coding standards with adequate error handling and a ton of flexibility. In the beginning coding new systems and getting to know why something had failed was a nightmare while right now we have a source which we can easily use to create new systems with a very efficient use of functions amongst all the different strategies implemented within Asirikuy. However – seeking to improve this framework – it’s our idea to move in the medium term from our current F3 implementations to a much more advanced F4 framework.
In the beginning my intentions with F4 were geared towards simplification. Right now we have a ton of functions in our Asirikuy framework which are coded individually on each system and this makes general updates difficult as each EA needs to be modified and sometimes specific functions have to be tailored for systems which have slight variants of the general functions. Adding and modifying some functions isn’t trivial as the framework can get quite different when moving from a simple system like Teyacanani to a much more complicated one – from a coding point of view – like Watukushay No.5. Systems that need to handle multiple positions and systems that trade using pending limit/stop orders currently have different function implementations which makes updating harder.
Originally I simply wanted to take all these functions and put them within comprehensive libraries that all systems could call. For example we could have a single file which includes all relevant order opening functions such that a system that wants to open a trade simply calls the “open buy” function with a certain set of parameters. For some functions this is trivial (like for order opening functions) but for others it becomes more complex. This also demands that each system should have its own library for its “private” calculations (like indicators and other similar stuff) something which is also worth doing since we would have a much more organized coding structure.
However an Asirikuy member sent me an email about taking F4 a step further so that we could make the code not only more organized but platform independent. This Asirikuy member had the great idea of building a universal XML structure which can then be used to build the systems using parsers towards any language we would like to use. This means that by building the F4 framework for our systems on MT4 we would be building the framework simultaneously for Mt5, C++, Pascal and any other language for which we build a proper parser. I believe this idea is brilliant since it gives us the option to simultaneously move onto MT5 and get platform independence from Metatrader as a whole. This opens up the door towards the parsing of our systems to the JForex platform in a very easy fashion.
Of course, the amount of things that we need to do is nothing short of gargantuan as we first need to get an organized XML definition and a code structure that will encompass what all of our systems do. The idea with this is to enable very easy logic and functional modifications that will allow Asirikuy members not only to build systems in a much easier way but to have them multi-platform-ready. This of course is a lot of work for a single Asirikuy programmer and therefore we will be putting together a team which will work on this effort to make this Asirikuy “system building tool” a reality. I will certainly do as much as I can to make this a reality and certainly the effort will pay off greatly in the form of a very versatile way of building systems that will be one order of magnitude superior to our current “single language” approach. If the future we want to build systems for a new language or platform then we simply need to get a parser, how cool is that?
Certainly it shows – yet again – that Asirikuy is a great community because of the great members it has. On my own I probably would have never thought of about half of the ideas which have been contributed by Asirikuy members, each new member who “does his or her homework” and contributes with an original idea or development project helps make the understanding of the whole community grow exponentially. I never thought Asirikuy would becomes something so great so quickly but it has certainly done so thanks to the great community which has grown around this website. If you are an Asirikuy member looking forward to work on this then keep an eye on the programming forum as we will be starting some threads to decide who will work on this project and what our goals will be soon.
So this is yet another on the great list of endeavors we are embarking ourselves on in Asirikuy. This project to build the F4 framework will probably take at least 6 months but I have no doubts about its completion because I know the level of commitment I and other Asirikuy members have to our systems and their progress. If you would like to learn more about my work in automated trading then please consider joining Asirikuy.com, a website filled with educational videos, trading systems, development and a sound, honest and transparent approach towards automated trading in general . I hope you enjoyed this article ! :o)