Automatic tests of the Expert Advisors submitted by prospective Participants of the Automated Trading Championship 2012 will start soon. It is about time to tell you how to prepare for the Championship and how it will be held in details. We believe that virtually anyone who reads this article will not miss this exciting event.
So, first things first.
Registration and Filling In the Data
We continue to remind you to register for the Automated Trading Championship 2012 as soon as possible and fill in your personal data correctly. To help you with this, we have released the article "How to Participate in the Automated Trading Championship 2012" where all necessary actions are described in details.
Every day we manually check all the submitted data accepting the applicants having correct data and issuing warnings to those who have made some mistakes.
Testing an Expert Advisor Before Sending It to the Championship
After the registration, each applicant receives a trading account that can be used to test an Expert Advisor. You can find your test account at the bottom of the "Files" page of the Participant profile. The page itself is used to upload an Expert Advisor for participation in the Championship:
All trading conditions on this account are similar to the ones observed during the Automated Trading Championship 2012. More information on trading conditions can always be found in the Championship Rules (Section IV. Trading terms) and MQL5.community Forum.
To connect to the Championship server, enter your login, password and server access.metatrader5.com: 443 in the authorization window of the terminal.
Test and optimize your Expert Advisor using this account to ensure that it meets the Championship requirements (for example, the number of pending orders, maximum deal volume, maximum position and orders volume for a separate symbol, etc.).
In the tester, select the symbol and the period, which are indicated for the EA in your profile, set the interval from January 1, 2012 to the current day and choose the "Every tick" testing mode.
Remember that the symbol and period selected for testing should not affect the performance of your Expert Advisor in general. To identify potential programming errors, the Championship Organizers can test EAs on any symbols, periods and intervals.
Analyze the operation of your Expert Advisor for compliance with the requirements described below. To do this, you will need not only test results but also an Expert Advisor test journal located in the <terminal_folder>\tester\<agent_folder>\logs.
Submitting an Expert Advisor to the Championship and Automatic Tests
After you have tested your Expert Advisor, do not hesitate to upload it on the "Files" page of your profile. Automatic tests of submitted Expert Advisors will start soon.
An automatic test includes launching an Expert Advisor in MetaTrader 5 Strategy Tester
at the history period from January 1, 2012 to August 1, 2012. The test checks the compliance of an Expert Advisor with the following requirements:
All applicants will get notifications on the automatic test results in their Participant Profiles.
Holding the Automated Trading Championship 2012
Let as assume that the long-awaited moment has come. You have registered, passed all tests and the Automated Trading Championship 2012 is about to begin. What has the Organizer prepared for the Participants?
We have prepared special lightweight versions of MetaTrader 5 terminals to be used in the Championship. They do not have some functions that are not needed for the automated trading including Mailbox and News tabs, etc. The lightweight versions are used to reduce the amount of resources consumed by each terminal. Several copies of the terminals containing submitted Expert Advisors will be launched on each Championship server.
The Organizer rents modern servers specially for the Automated Trading Championship 2012. The lightweight versions of the terminals will be installed and submitted EAs will be launched on these servers.
All three Championship months the Expert Advisors will work completely independently. Neither the Organizers, nor the Participants will be able to change their operation, alter the parameters, etc. The Expert Advisors will be launched on October 1, 2012 and stopped on December 28, 2012.
This article is not the last one in the series of publications dedicated to the preparation of the Expert Advisors for the Automated Trading Championship 2012. In the next articles, we will take a closer look at
the trading conditions and common errors made by the applicants.
Get ready for the start of the automatic tests and check your Expert Advisors carefully.
How to Participate in the Automated Trading Championship 2012
Automated Trading Championship 2012 is an exciting event for all keen on the automated trading. All Applicants are warmly welcome. Unfortunately, we often see that many Expert Advisor developers fail to complete all necessary preparations for some reason. But being an Applicant does not mean being a Participant! For your convenience, we have prepared step by step instructions on how to successfully register and fill in your personal data to join the Automated Trading Championship 2012.
More than a month has passed since the start of the registration for the Automated Trading Championship 2012, and we already have about 1000 applicants. This figure significantly exceeds the last year one, as we got about 700 applicants for the first month in 2011. In this article we will deal with submitting Expert Advisor files to the Championship.
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