Because of all the variabilities in users OS and file property settings, I‘d like to come up with a python script that could mate with PocketSense that would actually create the webpage addin for Money. This would compensate for those variabilities and would eliminate the need for any editing.
Another thought I had that I’d like to hear from others as to whether it would be worth developing (the same Python script that would create the webpage could also do this) – All of the stocks and funds that are listed in sites.dat could show up on this same webpage as url links to Yahoo! Finance, so that users could click for news, charts, etc on each investment, like they can with MSN Online thru Money currently.
For instance, Ford stock would show up as:
Using Bobby’s sites.template as an example:
<stocks> #--- indexes --- ^DJI #Dow Jones Industrial Avg. ^GSPC #S&P 500 and ^IXIC #NASDAQ Composite #--- stocks --- GOOG #Google YHOO #Yahoo! #--- Currencies --- EURUSD=X #for Euro to US Dollar USDJPY=X #for USD to Japanese Yen </stocks> <funds> MBFIX #Wells Fargo total return bond I AGTHX #Growth Fund of America </funds>
[UPDATE 3/31/2010] I’ve just about got the webpage V2 coding done. Updates include:
- it’s own html style section to control font, colors, layout, etc.
- it will be centered in the Money screen rather than along the left side
- a section for all of the <stocks> + <funds> listed in your sites.dat file
- investments that you’d like links to but don’t get quotes on (thru the quotes script; perhaps they are quoted via your brokerage instead) can be added to a new <more> section in your sites.dat file that doesn’t interfere with the scripts
- I’ve tweaked the investment links so that the Yahoo! screens will open up in their own browser screen, rather than within Money – to insure that any Java, popups or the scrolling ticker, etc. won’t mess up Money.
- Insure that Yahoo! Finance is acknowledged as the source of the financial data – Thank you Yahoo! for surpassing MSN Money with quoting capabilities!
Bobby has gratiously offered to assist me with the scripting portion that will hopefully create the webpage based on the user’s OS, file property settings and add it into Money’s special Favorites section – I think it was the same section that MSN used to add links to: …\Favorites\Financial Links
Any additional feedback?