I guess they have one chance to impress me. While I said “pretty easy” honestly I have never been a big fan of “groovy”. I don’t know java so groovy is even worse for me, but I can still mad-lib the templates they provide.
It mentions moving to an API as a replacement. I’m not sure how this will be implemented, but if done correctly, would allow you to write custom automations until your heart is content in whatever language you prefer.
Honestly though, I’m expecting an overly restrictive API and no way for an average Joe to turn some ordinary device into a “smart” device. Their claim of optimizing for Java bothers me too. Can we please stop using java already?? If they were trying to modernize, they would be moving to Python. Maybe I’m just being pessimistic but they’ve given me no reason not to be.
They might as well have just added the implied statements at the end that says “in the meantime, we don’t give a ?!&& if your lights stop working or you can no longer do certain things”.
If anyone has any further information in this API model, who will be able to program what, whether there will be any ability to implement say a raspberry pi or a Arduino etc, I’d be interested. I’m going to have to decide soon whether to continue down this path, or to switch to one of the open source hubs or one of the competitive products.