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.
Two and a half months have left before the registration end and we believe that this Championship will break all records regarding the number of Participants. As always, we remind you not to delay your registration and Expert Advisor submission - it is better to prepare everything in advance.
We have already described the key features of registration and preparation for the competition in the articles "How to Participate in the Automated Trading Championship 2012" and "Preparing for the Championship and Arrangement Specifics". Here we will take a closer look at the issues related to uploading Expert Advisor files for the Championship.
Participants should fill in the general information about an Expert Advisor and upload all necessary files in "Files" tab of the Championship Participant profile.
Expert Advisor name, description, working symbol and timeframe are public information available to all website visitors after the start of the Championship.
1.1. Expert Advisor Name
Expert Advisor name must be only in English, for example, "TrendProfit".
Expert Advisor main operation principles can be described in this section.
Example: "The EA trades candlestick patterns with signals filtration. ADX and SuperTrend indicators are used to determine a trend."
A symbol and a timeframe used by an Expert Advisor are specified here (the Expert Advisor will trade EURUSD, H1 on the above screenshot).
Standard lot size, margin requirements, spread and Limit & Stop levels for each symbol are shown in Appendix 1 of the Championship Rules.
Before submitting an Expert Advisor, be sure to test it in MetaTrader 5 Strategy Tester specifying the symbol and the timeframe that will be used during the competition.
The server address, a login and an account number for performing a test can be found at the bottom of "Files" page. Trading conditions on a test account are similar to the Championship ones.
1.4. Publishing an Expert Advisor
You will allow all website visitors to download the code of your Expert Advisor, if you check "Allow publishing the EA code" option. Publishing "TrendProfit" Expert Advisor is not allowed on the above screenshot.
If this option is unchecked, all submitted files will be available only to a few responsible Championship Organizer representatives. All files will be completely and permanently deleted after the Championship.
2. Expert Advisor Files
An Expert Advisor may consist of several modules and use libraries and custom indicators. Please be sure to upload all files necessary for your EA correct operation.
2.1. EA File
Expert Advisor file is uploaded here. Either a source code (.mq5), or a compiled file (.ex5) can be attached for the Championship.
TrendProfit.mq5 has been uploaded as a source code in MQL5 on the above screenshot.
2.2. Data File
If an Expert Advisor uses some additional data (for example, neural network parameters, operation settings, etc.), it can be uploaded here. A data file will be placed in \MQL5\Files directory (working with files is described in "File Functions" section).
Any file can serve as a data one, except for *.exe and *.dll files prohibited for security reasons.
2.3. Libraries Files
Up to 5 libraries files can be used (they will be placed in \MQL5\Libraries directory). They may be represented both by source codes (.mq5) and compiled files (.ex5).
2.4. Indicators Files
Along with standard MetaTrader 5 technical indicators, Expert Advisors can have up to 5 various custom indicators (they will be placed in \MQL5\Indicators). Custom indicators can also be represented both by source codes (.mq5) and compiled files (.ex5).
SuperTrend indicator is used for determining a trend on the above screenshot. Therefore, SuperTrend.mq5 file has been uploaded for the Expert Advisor correct operation.
2.5. Include Files
If an EA is represented by source codes (.mq5) and mqh include files (for example, various EA modules) are needed for its compilation, they should be uploaded here. Include files are placed in \MQL5\Include\ directory. You can upload up to 5 include files.CTrade class is used to perform trading operations in the above example. Therefore, there is no need to upload CTrade.mqh.
If your EA uses trade classes of the Standard Library, you do not need to upload these files.
2.6. Files Test Results
Automatic tests of submitted Expert Advisors will start soon. EAs will be launched in MetaTrader 5 Strategy Tester at the history period from January 1, 2012 to August 1, 2012. All applicants will get reports on the automatic test results in their Participant Profiles.
An Expert Advisor code and all other necessary files should be uploaded on "Files" tab of the Championship Participant profile.
Try to do it as soon as possible. If any errors are revealed during the automatic tests, you will need time to fix them. Please do not forget that you will not be able to upload or change an EA code after the registration end date.
Preparing for the Championship and Arrangement Specifics
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.
Any competition consists of the rules mandatory for all its participants. A special group of accounts will be allocated on the trade server for the Championship. These accounts will operate under the definite trading conditions. Each ATC 2012 participant should know that conditions well. In this article you will learn how to prepare an Expert Advisor, so that it matches the Championship trading conditions.
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