Why am I learning Python ? Epchan in his blog writes of a HFT programmer using python. It is high time that I learn Python and put to use Recently I opened a discussion on the various software platforms which allow the programmers among us to build trading strategies easily. Here is one other addition: Quantopian. It is only in alpha stage, but I did get a preview of its features: 1) You can code in Python, which is an easier language to learn than Java, but no less powerful.

In fact, I know of a superb programmer who uses Python to backtest HF strategies.

This is the reason why I want to spend 2012 in learning to code in Python. At the same time I will spend atleast one hour on R each day.