ThinkOrSwim Java IPC (inter-process communication)

epete

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Since ThinkOrSwim is a Java program, is there a way to create another Java application (or other language) that interacts with (perhaps read from) the ThinkOrSwim application, using Inter-Process Communication? I've never done any Java programming, but wondering if some Java guru has attempted this? In effect it would be similar to having an API but at a much more granular level. This would be especially helpful for querying strategies and indicators and watchlists and the message center. For example, I have a study that puts an alert into the message center (don't know how that's done) - but if there was a way to interrogate the message center looking for those messages from another application - that application could send a text/sms/email to alert me. This would be an alternative for getting alerts from ThinkScript which I don't think is possible with the functions available. Also, is there any file in the Programs or AppData locations that contain information that could be "queried" looking for alerts, etc.? Thanks so much.
 

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Since ThinkOrSwim is a Java program, is there a way to create another Java application (or other language) that interacts with (perhaps read from) the ThinkOrSwim application, using Inter-Process Communication? I've never done any Java programming, but wondering if some Java guru has attempted this? In effect it would be similar to having an API but at a much more granular level. This would be especially helpful for querying strategies and indicators and watchlists and the message center. For example, I have a study that puts an alert into the message center (don't know how that's done) - but if there was a way to interrogate the message center looking for those messages from another application - that application could send a text/sms/email to alert me. This would be an alternative for getting alerts from ThinkScript which I don't think is possible with the functions available. Also, is there any file in the Programs or AppData locations that contain information that could be "queried" looking for alerts, etc.? Thanks so much.
Hi! I read your post and thought it was very interesting. Have you discovered if a Java program can communicate with thinkscript signals using Inter-Process Communication?
 
I've tried hooking it, as well as just using the Windows API itself to bypass the need for anything else. Aside from triggering my own anti-virus, I didn't have much luck. The entire TOS interface is only a single hWnd aside from detached windows, none of the interface elements are actual child objects with their own handles. I believe its all just sort of painted, like video game graphics. There isn't even any detectable change in focus or caret when shifting between elements. All user input seems to be based on mouse coordinate regions within the single pane.
 
I've tried hooking it, as well as just using the Windows API itself to bypass the need for anything else. Aside from triggering my own anti-virus, I didn't have much luck. The entire TOS interface is only a single hWnd aside from detached windows, none of the interface elements are actual child objects with their own handles. I believe its all just sort of painted, like video game graphics. There isn't even any detectable change in focus or caret when shifting between elements. All user input seems to be based on mouse coordinate regions within the single pane.
Unless you hack the code. There is no way to communicate and get data from TOS. (I try but fail in the jar encryption and login process. If anyone is good in Java, we can try again :] )

TOS is a good platform. However, it has no support for external integration and no API to connect.
 

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