I’m building a financial valuation web and mobile application. For now, the app includes the ability for users to populate company fundamentals (revenue, net income, etc) and closing stock prices themselves. This will not be an attractive long-term solution for adoption, given the availability of market data, so I will eventually need to hook into a financial API, like Xignite. Since I am very far from launch and not looking to pay for this data just yet (free trials are short), I am looking for a way to add dummy code that I can easily strip out when it comes time to plug in the real thing.
Do any providers offer something like this for development? I would imagine not, since why would they provide it without the guarantee I’m going to pay them someday? Perhaps a package somewhere? For now, I am including dummy data through fixtures in my “companies” collection, but this feels like a poor stopgap measure and doesn’t let me address historical prices. I know that when the time comes, I’ll have a lot of work ahead of me to hook in the real API and I’m brand new at this (first thing I’ve ever built). Better to do it right the first time than scrapping work later on.