Comparing Providers for the JSE stocks, commodities, futures and currencies

I have needed End of day and sometimes live data for my trading activities and other similar endeavours and it is hard to find a data provider. Particularly if you want stock data on the JSE as this data has become a commodity for them and they want exorbitant fees for the service.

So I have checked out what is available and I’ve found the following options:

  • quandl – A aggregator of stock data providers. It seems like they provide the platform and API and resell data from other data providers.
  • tiingo – Free end of day data.
  • eoddata – A pay-for service providing downloadable stock, commodity and other such financial data. An old looking site and no API (oh no…)
  • eodhistoricaldata – A pay for service that provides pretty much everything you need

EOD Data

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Django displaying CheckboxSelectMultiple in columns with Bootstrap

I am using django-bootstrap3 to show django forms with bootstrap. Most of the fields have their own bootstrap widgets except for:


Unfortunately that makes the CheckboxSelectMultiple render as a single line of vertical checkboxes. Not making use of space that well. So how do we change the way it is rendered?

Since django 1.11 we can now use custom renderers simply by changing the template as opposed to overriding the render method prior to django 1.11.

So let us figure out which template we need to change. Search the django source code for CheckboxSelectMultiple. We find it in django.forms.widgets.CheckboxSelectMultiple and the template it is using is template_name = 'django/forms/widgets/checkbox_select.html'.

So we override it:

class ColumnCheckboxSelectMultiple(forms.widgets.CheckboxSelectMultiple):
    template_name = 'forms/widgets/bootstrap_checkbox_select.html'

Then we create the template in:/templates/forms/widgets/bootstrap_checkbox_select.html

Unfortunately we get an error saying the TemplateDoesNotExist at /xxx/

Now the problem is it is not looking in project DIRs. This is sorted by adding the following in your settings file:

FORM_RENDERER = 'django.forms.renderers.TemplatesSetting'
and adding django.forms to INSTALLED_APPS
For more details on why you have to de this checkout this stackoverflow answer

Making the Template

So we have copied the contents of django/forms/templates/django/forms/widgets/multiple_input.html to templates/forms/widgets/bootstrap_checkbox_select.html


django-bootstrap is actually rendering the widget or overriding how it is being rendered.

So what we just did makes no difference and even better than that, this is something that can be solved with css. We want to split these checkboxes into columns.

In essence all we need is the following form field:

    user = forms.ModelChoiceField(
                "checked": "",
                "class": "column-checkbox"

and the following css:

.column-checkbox {
    padding-top: 20px;

.column-checkbox .checkbox {
    display: block;
    float: left;
    width: 25%;

Restricting access to view a FileField or ImageField with Django

Hopefully you use a specialised document management store like Mayan, Blitdb or a file sharing site like box or dropbox if that is the focus of your project. However if you have a few fields in your django project that require a filefield or imagefield that can be classed as confidential then this is the post for you.

With the standard django media and file storage and serving your media is not protected. The unauthorised people may not have the path to the image but if they did have that path they would be able to see the files.

How do we restrict direct media access

Well we need at least django-sendfile, and it helps if you have per-object permissions provided by django-guardian.

So the first thing is to decide what media would be protected.