The long awaited NT8 version is still a work in progress.
There are many challenges and work around with migrating from NT7 to NT8 – the “WPF” technology is a very big hurdle and offers in some ways less capability but in most ways far better than its predecessor “Windows Forms” winforms was lightening quick to use and develop in but was discontinued, hence NinjaTrader had no alternative to switch to WPF, which is very slow ponderous and laborious to develop applications with in comparison.
The Good news is that NT8 is light years ahead of NT7 and allows us to create unimaginable features and methods compared to prior – the trading is faster and the data is faster – the presentation is even better and all in all the wait will be very worth it, so the only downside is really development time.
NT8 does allow the up to date .Net Microsoft framework 4.8 but – but the caveat is the WPF layer it uses are older versions, this means we are limited and restricted and not able to use the full gamut of tools and components from our development kits. It means there is a lot of re-work and dead ends and a lot of time consuming effort weeks and months spent, until we find a work around to resolve the hurdles. That is the norm in development – nothin worth doing is easy and then we have to do it all again for NinjaTrader 9 down the road but it will far easier -we expect 😉
Due to delays and developer obligations to hedge fund algo trading, the only way we are going to get a release out is to do it in stages.
So in February the indicators will be rolled out and released followed by the Trading System automated Easy Trader and NinjaTrader 8 strategy back-tester etc.
The Alpha Bias and Trendometer maybe also be complimented with or replaced with a remote API version due to the performance overhead this has on some machines, but time will tell.
There will be ongoing updates and releases over time. The project will easily continue over a 6months period as new features are released also.
Please help us to use our time wisely, and do not weigh down resources asking the help desk for support for when is the AFT8 going to arrive. Please keep a check out in the social media and newsletter. February we will see the first indicators as the plan goes.