Release of Playlist Version 1.0 for FIX Members

The FIX Global Technical Committee (GTC) is proud to announce the availability of Playlist Version 1.0. If you are a FIX member, you can request access from the FIX Program Office. It can then be invoked either via its own URL or through the FIX website (“Playlist” in the dropdown menu “Tools” or from the Orchestra landing page). You have to be a FIX member and logged into the FIX website with your user account linked to your firm.

What is Playlist?

Playlist is the second tool related to the FIX Orchestra Technical Standard. Playlist is a web-based tool available through the FIX website that allows the user to generate a base Orchestra XML file by selecting what they need from an input Orchestra reference file.

Similar to Log2Orchestra, it is intended to be the starting point for someone who wants to benefit from FIX Orchestra and use it to build the meta-data representation for one or more FIX interface(s). The reference input file used by Playlist can be an officially published version of FIX Latest or also your own Orchestra file. You do not require any log files from an existing FIX interface to be able to use Playlist. Once an Orchestra XML file has been created with Playlist, you can use Tablature to convert it to and from markdown for maintenance and extensions. It is possible but not recommended to use an XML editor to maintain the Orchestra XML file directly. However, firms can create scripts or applications that read and manipulate the XML or markdown representation programmatically.

The following basic steps are required to create an Orchestra XML file with Playlist.

  1. Choose an Orchestra XML file as your input reference file that will be loaded only into your local browser
  2. Select the messages, groups, components as well as their fields and values that you want to support
  3. Choose a name for the new Orchestra XML file to output to and select “Create Orchestra file”
  4. Select “Download File” and choose a directory to store the new Orchestra XML file

More detailed information can be found in the Playlist User Guide.