Registered: Sep 2006
08-23-12 09:33 PM
Quote from januson:
It depends a lot on the developer, for me with 15 years of experience I would always develop my own trading software. I've tried 6-7 different platforms and each one had it's own oddities.
But for a beginner that totally underestimate such a big project and don't understand the basic design patterns + ignores the fine art of unit-testing, I would definitely argue to go after a retail platform.
I think this sums it up well. Taking the custom route is a decision to be weighted carefully in terms of what benefits it poses - both short term and long term. Like other aspects of trading, it is an investment, and it must be assessed if it is the one with the highest return. For me, custom yielded the highest return. Heck, just the knowledge and insight I gained from building the platform was a great return on my time investment.