Hi My objective: Want to build a light-weight real time intraday charting application, instead of using heavy and advanced application such as Ninjatrader 7 (NT7). My question: **What language would you advise me to start learning, with which I would be able to start building my light-weight, real time intraday charting application?** I am subscribing to real time tick data, so no issues and will also be using google fin. data for testing purpose. In brief, thanks to d'alar'cop's encouragement and support, I managed to write 2 applications: 1. To import excel data into mysql database using PHPExcel and MySqli; …

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Hi... Again :) Just after i fixed my previous problem thanks to me failing to put an echo before ".." I worked out that the incorrect image was showing. I'm making a stock trading website, and there will be an red arrow pointing downwards when it detects at - (negative sign). If it doesn't detect it, then it displays the green up arrow. Problem is, it is showing the green arrow for negative values, and the green arrow for positive values.... Here's the code : [CODE=php]<?php if($_SESSION['loggedin'] === "true") { ?> <?php include("includes/getstock.php"); ?> <br/> <br /> <?php $stockdata = …

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I was planning on writing code that would get stock data from the exchange and store it for use and analysis later. I'm new to programming and Python so I don't really know where to get started. Are there functions, modules, or techniques I should be aware of? So far I'm only familiar with conditional programming, defining functions/objects, recursive loops, working with strings, reading from and writing to text files, etc. Just the basics really. What else would I have to learn to get started on a project like this? All help is appreciated. Thanks! -- ThisIsNotAnId.

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Intel is killing the tech sector this morning, down six percent in trading – to $14.40 per share – after a particularly dismal earnings outlook. I’ll get into the details in a moment, but it’s worth noting that we can’t just point the icy finger of guilt at Intel. I’m afraid the predictions of horrible quarterly corporate numbers are coming true. It’s just bad luck for Intel that the company was among the first out of the box. It’s also worth noting that the day the Intel numbers, estimates are out that the U.S. economy will shed 677,000 jobs, according …

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Hello good citizens, Am trying to implement a simple web based shopping system, however I want to find out if there is a way in which i can reduce the quantity of goods in stock after customer buys just by using servlets without me having to go to the database to change the stock levels. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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At mid-afternoon trading today the Dow was up 339 points and the NASDAQ is up 47 points. I’m a bit surprised because most of the economic news coming out today was negative. Housing prices are down, foreclosures are up, consumer confidence is at its lowest point in 35 years, and the White House has been reduced to begging banks that took part in the $700 billion bailout to stop hoarding the money they got from Uncle Sam. Fidelity Investments, Whirlpool and General Motors have all promised big layoffs, as well. Go figure. So we’re probably seeing some bargain hunting out …

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Stocks are mixed today, which isn't really bad news considering the overseas selloff we saw on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Helping U.S. markets was decent news from the housing sector, where home sales were up 2.7% for September, with some of the country's hardest-hit regions like the southwest, showing the biggest gains. If the home-buying consumer can start chipping away at some of the home inventory out there, that could boost the economy at a time when we need it most. Overall, there are about 345,000 unsold homes sitting on the market. That number has to decline for …

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Well, as they say in Vegas, in for a dime, in for a dollar. Or in the case of the Congressional bailout that President Bush wasted no time whipping out his sharpie and signing into law, how about $700 billion? The revote in the U.S. House of Representatives was never in doubt. Traders I know on Wall Street were telling me industry lobbyists, and especially tech industry lobbyists, were pushing hard for the bill. Rumors of companies all over Silicon Valley running out of cash to meet payroll spread like wildfire, although I think a lot of that is just …

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The stock market is down 370 points after Monday trading and nobody is really sure where we go from here. I’ve been around Wall Street for over 20 years and I’ve never seen anxiety like this – people are scared to death and a run on investment accounts - including once staid money market funds – is not out of the question. The $700 billion bailout prescribed by the White House is no sure thing, either. The idea is to take the bad debt off the books of investment houses and transfer them to the U.S. government – specifically you …

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Technology workers are nervous enough without worrying about the health and safety of their investment deposits. While I think what I'm bringing to you now is nine parts hyperbole and one part reality, it makes for an interesting and even frightening discussion. Specifically, are your bank and investment deposits safe? Today's Tech Ticker has an economist who thinks there might be justified cause for concern. Before I get into that, note that the Federal Deposit Insurance Commission (FDIC) insures individual bank accounts for up to $100,000, although if you have more money than that in the bank and your bank …

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First, the not-so-good news, then on to some encouraging revenue numbers for Motorola. Below I’ve condensed today’s big economic news as reported by the Associated Press, with the second quarter gross domestic product numbers coming in less than expected . . . -- Economic growth clocked in at a 1.9 percent pace in the second quarter. That was better than a 0.9 percent pace logged in the first quarter, but was still considered a subpar performance and fell short of economists' forecasts. -- Consumers boosted spending at a 1.5 percent growth rate in the second quarter, helped by the government's …

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Everybody's touting Intel as being the trigger for a run-up in chip stocks late last week, although I like the numbers that National Semiconductor is showing. What's beyond debate, however, is that the semiconductor market is on the rebound amid signs that the sector's long decline may finally be over. The Nasdaq Index was up 46 points on Friday on the news that Intel come out and said that it would be in line with analyst's forecasts, albeit at the lower end. Meanwhile, National Semiconductor saw its stock rise 5% on Friday after besting analysts' expectations for its last quarter. …

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Forbes.com has a great piece on former microprocessing kingpin Intel, which held its annual meeting today (being Wednesday). The lowdown on the thoroughly reported story is that Intel may be building things up higher (or better) than they actually are. At the meeting, Intel employees were busy rolling out the red carpet for investors - dubious investors, according to Forbes. But it was the kind of eagerness that psychologists might call forced coersion, i.e. making the best of an increasingly bad situation. Says Forbes: "Intel's investors could certainly use some fun, however geeky. Intel shares are down almost 25% this …

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Ugh. The tech meltdown turn toward the telecom sector this week, fixing its dark gaze on companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint Nextel, among others. On Thursday, shares of telecommunications companies fell badly from the ongoing fallout amid credit concerns. The carnage was grim and deep. U.S. traded shares of Paris-based Alcatel-Lucent fell nearly 5 percent. Ciena Corp. fell ahead of its earnings report, scheduled for Friday. Novatel Wireless Inc. was an exception, as its shares rose more than 3 percent after the wireless modem maker said it will buy back up to $25 million of its stock through Sept. …

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It’s like the 1990’s again, with all of the big name merger and acquisition activity. We’ve read about Microsft and Yahoo in the last few weeks and now comes wind of a proposed $1.0 billion deal between video game titan Electronic Arts and Take-Two Interactive Software. EA is known for its “Madden” and “Need for Speed” video games, while Take-Two is the developer behind the popular “Grand Theft Auto” video game. If EA were to pull this deal off, it would surpass Activision as the largest video game publisher in the world. But it won’t be easy. Activision has already …

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Ugh . . . . Another lousy week for tech stocks. For the whole stock market, for that matter. But technology stocks bore the brunt of it. Let's look at some of the bigger players. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Company One-Week Return Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO) - 12.4% Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL) - 11.3% Research In Motion (Nasdaq: RIMM) - 9.8% Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) - 6.1% Intel (Nasdaq: INTC) - 5.4% Akamai (Nasdaq: AKAM) - 4.9% Source: Yahoo! Finance. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ It's hard to say where the icy finger of guilt should point. Analysts who follow the sector say that Cisco's fall-off could be attributed to …

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Keeping track of the economic news is getting nerve-racking - akin to watching a train wreck in slow motion. In the past 24 hours we've seen . . . - A Fortune magazine study showing that about 75% of Americans who think we're either already in a recession or are heading toward one (no surprise to me -- we in the media have been scaring people half to death over the economy over the past year. That sentiment has now taken hold among consumers in a self-induced prophecy. The trouble is, about two-thirds of the economy relies on consumer spending. …

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If McDonalds can advertise, “Over 1 billion served” on each of its restaurants signs, then why can’t Comcast, Verizon, Sprint and the rest of the broadband world say the same thing? Well, technically, soon they can. That after a new report from Strategy Analytics that estimates over one billion broadband global users in 2008. China and India seem to be the growth hot spots, as the study says that the vast majority of this growth will come from emerging markets, according to company analysts. Strategy Analytics says that the Asia-Pacific region will lead the world in terms of total users. …

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It should be a slow week for technology stocks, what with the holidays fast approaching and a dearth of any meaningful quarterly earnings surprises. The former you know about, with Christmas only a week away. Late December is notoriously dull for the stock market as traders think more about fun and family than they do financial statements. The latter is just a quirk of the calendar. The only meaningful earnings rollouts this week come from Micron Devices and Oracle. Zacks Research that Oracle should meet analyst expectations but Micron could disappoint. Says Charles Rotblut, CFA, Senior Market Analyst for Zacks.com, …

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IDC is out with its annual IT market forecast and, at first glance, 2008 won't be setting any box-office records, business-wise. According to the Boston-based consultancy, growth in global technology spending will slow next year, rocked by a potential U.S. economic downturn that could crimp spending on computer hardware. Overall, IDC estimates worldwide technology spending growth to range between 5.5 percent and 6 percent in 2008, down from about 7 percent this year. U.S. spending growth will dip to 3 percent to 4 percent next year from 6.6 percent in 2007, IDC said. The report also predicts that companies will …

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Scary reading from the pages of Fortune magazine this week. In the business weekly's November 19 edition, an article entitled "The End of the Tech Stock Party" goes down like a tofu turkey on Thanksgiving night. Before I get into what Fortune has to say, it's pretty clear that technology stocks are in a decline. Quarterly numbers from heavyweights like HP, Apple, and even Cisco, who I touted last week, seem okay at first glance. But a closer look reveals that bean counters at the big technology companies believe that the run on computers and other high tech gadgets will …

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A quiet holiday week so far in the technology side of the stock market. Most of the action will take place in the retail sector, with both Best Buy and Comp USA opening on Thanksgiving night - - well ahead of Black Friday. Early holiday shoppers can expect to find computers, digital cameras, and HD TV's at lower prices, as retailers are determined to do what it takes to get people in the door. Back in the markets, I did run across a report from Gartner Group that touts the application acceleration equipment market. In it, Gartner keeps coming back …

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Kind of a quiet day in the technology stocks world, which might be considered good news considering the drubbing the sector has taken this week. Sun Microsystems was in the news, signing off on a Solaris 10 distribution agreement with Dell to make the Solaris Operating System and Solaris support services available directly to customers for most, but not all, Dell PowerEdge servers. The multi-year distribution agreement was announced live from Oracle OpenWorld, where Sun President and CEO, Jonathan Schwartz and Dell Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, are keynote speakers. That should lead to a bum up in Sun’s and …

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I'm starting to think that technology stocks are at a breaking point. A few more sessions of significant losses and you have to wonder when tech stocks will be back in the black. You can't really blame the bad news on anything tech companies are doing -- unfortunately, it's the "wrong place at the wrong time" scenario. With the economy fighting off credit, dollar and rising energy price issues, technology companies are among the hardest hit right out of the gate. All of the negative growth economic issues hurt technology businesses. As consumers and corporations reduce spending, one of the …

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Investors are in survival mode right now, just trying to hang on in a market that has given away much of this year's gains. Key culprits are the ongoing credit crisis, which has banks and lenders reeling under the weight of billion dollar losses (hello, Wachovia) and from a weak dollar, which crimping overseas investments in the products of U.S. companies. Consequently, last week was one of the worst in recent memory on Wall Street. Both the Dow Jones Industrial Index and the S&P 500 each fell 2.2%, and the Nasdaq was down a staggering 3.5%. One of the few …

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Can you find a profit in a techno-slag heap? That’s the promise of an up-and-coming stock I found on Morningstar.com this week. I do some consulting work for a mutual fund firm and this technology company fits the bill – across the board. First some background. The company’s name is Fuel Tech (FTEK) and it’s hip deep in the energy field - - a curious pick, I know for a technology stock supposedly headed upwards. Fuel Tech has about 1,500 coal-fired plants in the United States, where there is a huge market potential for the company’s Fuel Chem's proprietary slag-reduction …

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You guys know how big I am on video game makers as solid stock plays. But what about video game retailers? One of the big ones -- GameStop -- has seen its share price double to $58 during the past year. One of the big reasons why is the mushrooming market for used video games, which analysts say is a busienss that is growing into the billions of dollars. I'm hardly alone. Zacks.com retail analyst Rob Plaza thinks GameStop is at the top of the list of holiday season retail winners this year. "The list is getting thinner and thinner. …

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Yesterday I laid out the risks and rewards of investing and trading stocks online. As I said, it's easy to do and actually kind of fun, but like going to Vegas, you have to be able to walk away from the table if you're losing money. To help you avoid that, if you really want to start trading online, here's what I look for in a good online investing/trading web site. Lord knows there are plenty of such sites -- some good and many bad. To know the difference, and to really reap the benefits of online investing provides, be …

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My friend and I were texting each other about the Red Sox World Series rout the other night -- way to go Sockies, how to beat 'dem Rockies! -- and, both being Boston natives, were having a grand old time. My pal won some money on the Series and had a strange question for me. Or maybe my friend is strange without the question. He told me he was interested, now that he had some seed money, in entering the online stock trading world, and did I have any tips? I'm not a huge fan of novice investors trading online …

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Six weeks ago I wrote that video game stocks were going to be a good play for the duration of 2007 - - and probably well into 2008. As I said at the time, anyone with a 12-year-old boy in the house recognizes the familiar hoots and hollers from the den or playroom, when the kids fire up the Wii and really get rolling. For my part, I don't mind as long as my boys balance out the Wii time with some fresh-air, outside time. Inside, I'm just happy a Wii console hasn't crashed through my TV screen. But the …

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