I've been developing a relatively conservative trading system on the Tradestation platform for the last month. I finally felt ready to trade it when I came across some advice from people I respect which made me think my entire concept of automated trading was wrong. So, I wanted to put it out to this community to hear some more thoughts. Basically - I can't be at my computer checking up on the trades every day - but for the most part my first system was an end of day system with a morning buy, evening close sells, plus stops. I wanted to advance further as time went on to a intraday system - but even that I expected could run on it's own. So - I am looking for a reality check to these questions: 1. Is it unrealistic to think I could do an End of Day system? 2. Is it unrealistic to think I could let an intraday system run on it's own? 3. Are there failsafe programs that can help? Perhaps something to alert me if the system goes down? 4. I quite like programming in EasyLanguage and found Amibroker a little bit... less familiar... is there some other system I should be considering or is this simply not an issue with the platform and just an issue with the nature of automated trading. If in your response, you could note if you are actually autotrading successfully or not - that would help because I realize often people will talk about things from theory more than practice. Thank you!