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Hi all,

I've been working on this for a while now so I thought I'd put it out there. I've now put the source code here for those who'd be interested.

Anyway, the application is a stock tracker written in AutoIt3 using GDI+ to display the stock information. It uses the Yahoo! finance API to retrieve the stock prices etc. and it updates the stocks every five minutes. The coding that took the most time was making the UI completely customizable. The size of the UI and all the fonts and colours can be changed in the options dialog.

Feel free to pass comments as you see fit. It would be great to get some feedback but I know some people just won't run it :)

The application can be downloaded from here


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Whoooops!! Totally forgot to mention that I owe a big thanks to Yashied for using his excellent ColorPicker UDF library.


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You're certainly a well respected and trusted member of this forum and I have no problem running an exe that you would provide.

Couple of ideas for your consideration

1a) could you improve how a stock is chosen. For example ABY is Abitibi Consolidated but it apparently is also AKTIEBOLAGET SVEN. One should be able to choose a certain stock over another if there are two.

1b) Any way to pick the exchange? Say the Toronto exchange over the NY

2 Wondering if you could add a bit more to the resizing.

2a) Such thinks as truncating the text if the resized box is too small to display text.

2b) resize by ratio. So the height and sides are resized at the same ratio, instead of one than the other. Alternatively could have set sizes large, medium, small, extra small.

Pretty neat little widget though. Certainly rivals anything else out there.


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Is there any function or API for AutoIt to interface with the Yahoo Finance API?

I mean, I am familiar that there are REST calls, but I don't know enough about how that stuff works. All I would be looking for would be historical prices given the name of a stock and the date: open, close, high, low. I know Yahoo records these, but I don't know how to pull them using their REST API even after having looked at the documentation here: http://developer.yahoo.com/dotnet/howto-rest_vb.html

I guess it's because they don't explain how you pass arguments for what you want to pull (historical price, market cap, shares outstanding, etc.).

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Well done WBD

Question: What is the refresh time? It would be handy if the refresh time would be available in Options



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Thanks for all the feedback. I'll be working on improving this over the coming weeks. I'm looking to do the following:

[1] Make it easier to add stock symbols hopefully something like http://www.google.com/finance

[2] Clean up the memory leaks that I found today!

[3] Consider some global resizing (as per picea892's suggestion)

[4] Allow configuration of the refresh interval (currently 5 minutes)

In addition, I'll be looking at incorporating some kind of software protection (possibly home grown) but I'm not certain how to do this just yet.

As for the API, I'm just downloading a CSV with the appropriate information based on documentation that I found through Google. See, for example, here: http://www.gummy-stuff.org/Yahoo-data.htm



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[2] and [4] have been done. The link in the first post has been updated.


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  • 3 weeks later...

I'm being kept busy on other projects so I don't have time to polish this in to a releasable state. As such, I'm making the source code available. See the first post for the link to a ZIP which contains the code. It would be great if someone can think of a better way to add stock symbols in to the application.


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  • 4 years later...

Welcome to AutoIt and the forum!

The last post on this thread is 3 1/2 years old and the OP has been offline since July 2011.

So I wouldn't expect too much help :ermm:

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Same exact answer as the one above yours roccos34, except now the thread is nearly 6 years old, and the OP hasn't been here in nearly 4 years.

Guess you'll have to modify it yourself or hope someone comes along.

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