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is it possible to use PythonWin, IDLE, eclipse or other editors to write Quantopian scripts? to do this i suppose we would need to core libraries to include. Is that available?


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Hi Mahendra,

For now, to use Quantopian, you have to use our in-browser IDE. We have some ideas of how to let you use any editor you'd like, but we're focused on finishing our live trading integration with Interactive Brokers first.

Our backtester, Zipline, is open-sourced: You can use it standalone, but need to bring your own pricing data.

Hope that helps,


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Any news about this ?
Git integration will be a great feature to have.

You might have a look at GitBook Purpose is really different but idea is quite similar of what Quantopian could be with a Git integration. You can edit source code (Markdown text format in the case of GitBook) using online IDE or using git and edit code locally. When code is pushed (Markdown source text in the case of GitBook), compilation is done (and Epub, PDF,... can be download). In the case of Quantopian, backtest could be run.

Some other SaaS products (especially about collaborative editing, self editing) behave this way :
- Authorea -
- Overleaf -
- Leanpub -
- Softcover -

So with this git integration any editor could be used
- local editor (such as PythonWin, IDLE, Eclipse, BBEdit, Atom, ...)
- or even cloud based editor such a Cloud9

I'm not a big fan of cloud editors in this context of trading as it will add an other layer of confidence and possible leaks
but it may become possible to do it for people who want to.

If such an idea was used by Quantopian, they will probably have to provide private Git repositories for this.

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