I recently started a thread here asking some questions regarding a strategy I have been looking to automate. Before posting I was very in the dark, and despite some helpful replies, I still feel like there is A LOT of information I need. I wanted to begin a thread to address some issues for people like me - people who have traded and know trading, but know pretty much nothing about computing, programming, optimization, and every other term related to automated trading. I was trying to think of a few good beginner questions. For example, someone just getting into trading might ask about some good resources to learn the basics of the markets. What purpose do they serve, how are prices decided, etc...basic stuff like that. So, What are some good resources to begin to learn about automated trading? Any good books? I saw someone posted this: http://www.amazon.com/2010-NET-Plat...5491/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309913550&sr=8-1 Should I take some classes at a community college to learn more about programming? Are there any places to find examples of a strategy going from an idea to a computer language? Seriously, anything to cover some of the basics. I feel I, and maybe others in a similar position, could use some info to build a solid foundation. Please speak as if you are giving advice to a 3rd grader. Thanks!