I have a strategy that I had coded using tradestation but I dropped it because I ended up joining a prop firm. Now I want to see if I can automate it again. It's not a complicated system at all, it's just that I need to be able to track 3-4 stocks at the same time and it's to much for me. So what are the steps I need to take to get this started? I guess the first thing is to see is if the platform that my firm uses supports automated trading. I should try to see if there is an API for the system. Let's say there is and API, what would be my next step? I've heard people using programs like Excel to automate with and I have also hear of people using C and Java. How would I determine which one I should use? I have coded in both C and Java before but since my strategy is pretty simple, i would think I could get away with Excel. If any one could help me out or just point me in the right direction it would be helpful.