I will use this journal to capture automation results of the current system I have (primarily) been running semi-automated. Setups have been auto-generated for over a year. Interpretation of what is a buy setup or a sell setup has been coded/minimized to basically Enter here and Exit here (some have been marked as weak or strong but I find that this can be an opportunity for my bias to dismiss the setup). The past few months have been devoted to fully developing the ATS front-end, and meanwhile manually entering the setups. Using dosages of discretion, it has been possible to eek out a higher W:L week over week (and of course lower when the monkey believes he is smarter than the system). My goal is full automation, soup to nuts. Turn on workstation, hit the load systems button. Why do I want to automate? I trade because I want to, not because I need or have to. I want time for other personal projects, to also expand my trading into currencies, bonds or the N225 (building systems). Current: VB (not .net but planned) and some C++ (all version 6). Will be running this system unattended each week. For now I imagine the challenges will be: 1. Tweaking profit targets as this system is always-in/reversal (ATS has option for predefined profit amt to exit on, not ready to leave an always-in system unattended...). The targets will be kept to small slices. 2. Notifications. No remote access built in, but can set various notification rules such as email alerts, chart snapshots, anomalies. Also built in a remote IM bot that has been giving me trouble. 3. Pulling the plug on trend days. 4. Contract size. Starting small 5 contracts YM. With semi-automated, preferred ES instead. 5. Trading multiple instruments concurrently, only one instrument possible now. This is a forward test, I hope to have some "aha" moments (and no Doh moments). I plan to post some pictures of older build versions (GUI is lean, no garnish). I will posts points gained/lost occasionally. I cannot share any specs about the system, only automation-related issues. Willing to hear from anyone who has gone down the automation road and lessons learned. Challenges? Learning points?