Option Months

R. Todd Gafford -

This executable sample demonstrates methods for requesting and processing available months for options contracts. There is a link to download the sample at the end of this article.

Before you run the sample, you need to have the following:

  • Java Runtime Environment (JRE) 1.6 or higher
  • A current Interactive Data client account. If you do not yet have an account, click here to find out about setting up a trial.

To run the sample executable jar from a command line, go to the folder in which you unzipped the sample (see attachment below) and enter the following command:

Windows
> java -jar OptionMonthSample.jar [-h <host>] -u <username> -p <password> [-s <symbol>]
Linux
$ export LD_LIBRARY_PATH=./bin
$ java -jar OptionMonthSample.jar [-h <host>] -u <username> -p <password> [-s <symbol>]

where:

ArgumentValueDescription
-h <host> is the address to use to connect to the Interactive Data Consolidated Feed Network.
-u <username> is the username for your client (required field)
-p <password> is the password for your client (required field)
-s <symbols> is a comma separated list of symbols for which to make a Option Month/Year request. Multiple symbols must be enclosed in quotes with no spaces between symbols. For example: IBM,GE,WFM

Note: If you do not enter a value for <host> or <symbols> the values listed in the OptionMonthSample.properties file will be used. 

<username> and <password> must be entered at the command line.