Docs Updates


(Jim Anderson) #1

It’s Friday, woot!

Oh, and we updated some docs this week. Some of the more notable additions:

  • Documented new Notification capability
  • Added docs for working with Modes
  • Added docs for working with hello home phrases
  • Updated fingerprinting docs to include manufacturer name/model when possible

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“Goodbye!” or “I’m Back!” phrases SmartApp
“Goodbye!” or “I’m Back!” phrases SmartApp
(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #2

Is this a new Capability?

Any examples?

Thanks, Jim!!!


(Kevin Tierney) #3

These were definitely needed. Glad to see them added


(Brice; SmartRulesApp.com) #4

:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: for new capabilities, especially this one!!


(Tim Slagle) #5

(Jim Anderson) #6

This is a new capability. We don’t have have any usages of this capability at this time as reference, but we will be working to add some. Full disclosure, it may be a bit until that happens, what with some people thinking they can take vacations in the summer. Pfffft. :slight_smile:


(Zpriddy) #7

I would love to see a way to trigger apps by subscribing to helloHome actions! I know I can do a work around and use virtual switches… but it is indeed a pain… :confused:


(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #8

It’s a weird oversight, but consistent if you note that SmartApps can’t call other SmartApps either (well, without a REST-API call, which is a little weird).

Use of mode or Virtual Devices continues to be appropriate workaround, for better or worse. Might not be so bad if we could spin up Virtual Switches on the fly.


(Patrick Stuart [@pstuart]) #9

If the scheduler worked properly you could just poll for changes in mode every x minutes and rhe n trigger something off that.

Not ideal.


(Andy Rawson) #10

You can subscribe to mode changes but I don’t think it triggers on actions that don’t change the mode.

// subscribe to all state change events for the installed SmartApps location
subscribe(location, handlerMethod)

(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #11

That’s correct. Mode is an excellent Event subscription if you’re willing to give up using Mode for everything but Hello Home Actions.


(April Wong) #12

(Zpriddy) #13

I have a virtual switch template thats easy enough deploy… so its not too bad… it would just be nice :confused:


(Juan Risso) #14

Hi @tgauchat, just came back :smile:
I added this capability to be able to target devices with as the name implies notification capabilities.
I don’t have an example yet because this was deployed just when I left but the idea is to add the capability to the device type and define the command deviceNotification like this:

def deviceNotification(text) {
// display notification on device
}

Then apps with notifications will show all this devices as options to output notifications.


Capability sendMessage
(ActionTiles.com co-founder Terry @ActionTiles; GitHub: @cosmicpuppy) #15

Excellent, thanks.

I believe this is one of the Capability Types we requested in the Capability Category on the Forum… I’ll look it up.

It would be great if you guys would cross reference and keep an eye out on the New Capability Types discussion Category!

In short, though, this Capability should be used for cloud based notification services (email, SMS, Pushbullet, etc.!).