By:Mark Dodel, (email@example.com) http://home.ptd.net/~madodel/
Since it is still beta, it is freely available at no cost. You can download the
most current version from http://www.aparima.com/quote/qg0_4.jar.
It is a 750K byte file. The final GA release will cost $25.00US "and allow
an unlimited free access to slightly delayed quotes, news and charts without subscription."
There will also be an applet version available for running on a web site which will
They claim compatibility with Java Runtimes on OS/2, Windows, Unix, and the MAC.
There is nothing about a specific Java version requirement. I am currently running
Java 1.1.4 JDK for OS/2 available from IBM's Software Choice web site - http://service.boulder.ibm.com/asd-bin/doc/en_us/catalog.htm
with the March 04, 1998 fixes - ftp.software.ibm.com/software/java/fixes/os2/11
Once you have downloaded the .jar file you can run directly from an OS/2 command
prompt with the following line by changing C:\path\to to the fully defined path
where you saved the downloaded file:
First thing I tried to do was set up a program object to run Quote Grabber without
having to start it from the command line. This presents a problem for OS/2, since
the '%' character is used as a parameter variable, so the qg0_4.jar could not be
concatenated to the CLASSPATH variable in the object settings parameter field. Don't
despair since there are at least two ways around this. One is to add the fully defined
path for qg0_4.jar to your CLASSPATH statement in your CONFIG.SYS file. This will
require a reboot to take effect. Then you only need to create an object with JAVA.EXE as the program file name and aparima.qg.v0_4.Main
in the parameter field. The other option is to write a small batch command
file. Here is the one I used:
java -classpath %CLASSPATH%;qg0_4.jar aparima.qg.v0_4.Main
For all stocks you can configure what data you want to display on the ticker.
This includes Last price, Bid price, Asked price, Variance, Volume, Average Volume,
Low Price, High Price, Previous Closing Price, Open price, High for the Year, Low
for the Year, Earnings per share, Price to Earnings ratio, Market Cap, Dividend
per Share, Yield, Ex-Dividend, Market Symbol, and the Time. Whew, that is a lot
of data. If you don't like the order the data is displayed in, just use your right
or left mouse button and drag and drop the column where you want it. And there's
more. For each stock you can set alert warnings based on the Last price, Bid price,
Variation and Volume. If the stock hits your selected criteria it will pop up a
message window. To set the value click on the '+' next to the stock and a drop down
line of entry boxes will appear. Put the values in the appropriate box. If you want
to make a complicated AND/OR alert, you can create multiple alerts for each stock.
There is also an information area below the stock display where you can view
a performance chart for a selected stock and also a list of current news articles
related to that stock. The Chart can display either the performance for the day
or for the past year. If you want to read an article just click on it and a small
browser window will pop up with the article. All the news links are to YAHOO's Finance
site. If you want to save some space you can select to not display the information
area. In addition you can turn off the tool bar as well as the status bar at the
bottom of the window.
In addition to the price chart in the information area, you can access more charts
via the menu. You can download charts displaying prices and volumes for 1 day thru
5 years as well as maximum, which goes back as far as the stock has information
Finally if you have the need you can print the current display, but I found no
way to print any of the individual charts.
Since this is really a browser that accesses the Yahoo finance site, there isn't
alot of overhead. The application runs acceptably on my PP200 system with 128 meg
of RAM. I see no system degradation running this or my other java app, the JSTREET
One thing I would like to see to conserve space is the ability to turn off the
title bar. I'm not sure if this is doable in java. It would also be nice to have
the ability to print a chart or to print all the data for a selected stock, rather
then just the viewable window. Finally a ticker code lookup would be very helpful
since as of now you have to know the correct ticker code to add a stock to be tracked.