Expand Your Trading Skills with GitHub Proficiency

Articles From: Interactive Brokers
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Proficiency with GitHub continues to rank among the top algo trading and data science skills.

Seasoned ago traders understand the importance of using GitHub, so naturally we at IBKR are excited to have its own solid presence on the platform. Traders and data scientists interested in using our API should head over to our GitHub repository and start utilizing the plethora of resources and sample code. Follow these three easy steps to build your own custom trading applications:

  1. Download the API package from GitHubhttp://interactivebrokers.github.io/

    Choose your operating system and API release. The installed package comes with valuable sample code and spreadsheet, which will help you get started.
  2. Review the Reference Guide on GitHub

    Use the guide to go through the initial set up, API architecture, and syntax for contracts and order types One very cool feature of this guide is that it comes in language-specific sections. Just click on a tab at the top to toggle between C#, Java, VB, C++ or Python.
  3. Contribute via GutHub in these four easy steps:
    1. Sign the API license agreement and get added to the coding project
    2. Create and download a working copy of the API repository
    3. Create a branch and make your changes
    4. Commit your changes and issue a pull request 

For detailed instructions see this page http://interactivebrokers.github.io/api_software_contribute.html


Wrap up today’s session by following IBKR via the GitHub watch feature.

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