Hi (or other BT guys)
I am a trader looking to code some ideas of mine with a view to running automatically. I'm tired of retail backtesting software (eg Ninja, Tradestation etc) and am experimenting with Python platforms.
I've tried Quantopean and now trying out QuantConnect (C# & Python).
Although the documentation is poor currently, they say they are now focusing on it.. apart from documentation their community and and their speedy replies to forum messages is exceptional. They have several people working on code and I feel comfortable QC is likely to stay around for some time.
I really like what I've seen with Backtrader, the build in graphics is helpful (eg can see trades made on chart), and bonus is doesn't need .NET framework. Though my concerns are that community doesn't yet seem as strong (as say Quantopean or QuantConnect) and looking at Github there is only one main developer, Mementum. If I invest my time and effort learning BT, what if Mementum moves on to another project.. or gets married and change career.. etc. Are there other developers who can step in and maintain code? Fear is platform would fade out and I'd need to start from scratch. Also how are you guys able to make money to support the hard work you do? Just wondering where you see Backtrader in the next 2-3 years and what plans are (e.g. you mention BT in 6 quant firms already, great start). Thank-you very much