Best Bids and Asks Sample

About This Sample

This sample application takes a simulated New York Stock Exchange feed and returns two output streams representing the best bid and the best ask, respectively.

The implementation uses a Query Table to track best bids and asks while the application is running. A Query operator reads the bid price and ask price fields of each new tuple and compares it to the current best price and ask price values in the Query Table. It updates the table if the tuple's bid price is higher than the table's best bid, or if the ask price is lower than the current best ask.

The Query operator passes the data along two identical streams into two Filter operators. The IsNewBestAsk filter compares the new tuple's ask price to the best ask value that is stored in the table. A match signifies a new best ask, and the data is passed through a Map operator and emitted on the application's BestAsks output stream. If there is no match, no data is emitted on the output stream for that tuple. The IsNewBestBid filter performs the same work for bids, and the application emits the result on the BestBids output stream.

Importing This Sample into StreamBase Studio

In StreamBase Studio, import this sample with the following steps:

  • From the top-level menu, select FileLoad StreamBase Sample.

  • Type best to narrow the list of options.

  • Select bestbidsandasks from the Applications category.

  • Click OK.

StreamBase Studio creates a project for the sample.

Running BestBidsAsks.sbapp in StreamBase Studio

To run this sample:

  1. In the Project Explorer, open the sample you just loaded.

  2. Open the src/main/eventflow folder.

  3. Open the package folder (most samples contain a single package folder. Open the top-level package folder if your sample contains more than one folder).

  4. Open the named application file and click the Run button. This opens the SB Test/Debug perspective and starts the application.

    If you see red marks, wait a moment for the project in Studio to load its features.

    If red marks do not resolve themselves in a moment, select the project and right-click MavenUpdate Project from the context menu.

  5. Open the Feed Simulations tab.

  6. Select the NYSE.sbfs feed simulation file and click Run.

  7. When done, press F9 or click the Stop Running Application button.

This Sample's Files

The Best Bids and Asks sample includes the following files:


The application.


Feed simulation configuration file.


Feed simulation data file.

Sample Location

When you load the sample into StreamBase Studio, Studio copies the sample project's files to your Studio workspace, which is normally part of your home directory, with full access rights.


Load this sample in StreamBase Studio, and thereafter use the Studio workspace copy of the sample to run and test it, even when running from the command prompt.

Using the workspace copy of the sample avoids permission problems. The default workspace location for this sample is:


See Default Installation Directories for the default location of studio-workspace on your system.