I'll be starting a MFE grad program in Fall, and some of the classes have a lab that use the IB TWS & API. I'd like to play around with it for fun this summer. Unfortunately, I don't have an IB account, and they require a funded account to even use their paper trading services.
Do you know if I could still effectively test code even though I can't use data from the TWS? I'd like to run in on Ubuntu, and test some C++ code (using Eclipse).
Any workarounds whatsoever? Suppose I could get the needed data from other sources. I don't even need real data or real tickers. I'd gladly synthesize data if that would work. I just don't want to go through all the trouble if it's going to be hopeless.
I'm not even trying to test trading strategies! I just want to test some code and brush up on my C++ while playing with the IB API before grad school.