webCoRE is going away, please quit complaining

As much as I agree with the overall sentiment of this thread, this feels unfair and seems an unfortunate attitude to be presented here.

We both know that webCoRE was developed for hobbyists, not programmers, and the Rules API—fairly or not—presents itself as intimidating, unwieldy, and excessively complex to most of those who are endeavoring to transition. (It also lacks parity with webCoRE in key areas, but that’s another subject for another day.)

Many users weren’t active in the various forums who have been talking about the transition for years, and were caught unprepared by SmartThings’ announcement, thus the lack of interest until the last several weeks. I feel fortunate to have been aware and to have had time to evaluate all of my options over the past year or so.

I still remember my very first effort with the Rules API. Just to get a feel for structure and syntax, I created a stupid rule that when my office lights turned off, the kitchen lights went on and vice-versa. I had to correct a comma or bracket or two, but it worked. This is easy, I thought. But then I realized I had no clue how to disable the rule. I was half-laughing, half-panicked, but fortunately figured it out before my wife got home. :rofl:

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It was a deliberately colourful statement made for effect but I totally stand by it.

My basic point was that any comments ST made about feature parity are cancelled out by the failure of the community to justify their demands for that parity in any demonstrable way.

I actually commend those who have become vocal in the last six weeks. It is just the attitude that their cause has lacked for the last three years.

I have never been interested in preserving webCoRE on ST. That always seemed far fetched. My cause was the development of the capabilities of the Rules API but it is seeming like a lost cause now and I can’t see much to replace it with.

All this webCoRE bashing is quite unfair, especially from people who have never used it, or someone who stopped using it over a year ago.
I’m glad Rules API gives you all you need. But it can’t do what webCoRE can do, neither can Sharptools, so Rules API and Sharptools can’T be offered as replacements for webCoRE, they are nothing of the sort.
Rules API is not consumer friendly, I maintain, apart from ST staff, there are probably only 10 people using it at this moment. Rules API is for a particular kind of niche geek with next level computer skills, it will never take off among normal people.

SmartThings said many times, they won’t sunset webCoRE without a viable alternative, they understand how important it is, and will produce something similar, all be it possibly with some features missing. Good enough. They asked us which webCoRE features we used the most. They used some technical jargon to find out on the backend which webCoRE features were used the most.

SmartThings still haven’t said anything to the contrary yet. We are panicking now because of the lack of clear communication and other sunset dates coming up fast.

SmartThings could still announce their webCoRE alternative any day now.

Nobody knows.

@jody.albritton

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I wasn’t bashing it, i was just stating the reality of supporting it on the new platform.

More likely is that locally running routines, the Rules API and being able to create your own hosted smartapps using the API is the alternative. Samsung didn’t write or support webCoRE, and while they may “know” how important it is, Edge and the direction it needs to go is more important and within their control.

Edge has been in Beta for nearly 2 years now. Would it make sense during these final months of the transition they’re gonna bust out a never announced webCoRE compatible rules engine that runs on Edge? I guess anything is possible but pretty unlikely.

Have you ever wondered what they found though?

I sincerely hope this is true, but I have little faith now.

There was clearly a lot of work to develop the Routine Creator beta at https://routinecreator.smartthings.com/
Just browsing through the JS files there using the Chrome’s developer tools, I think gives an indication that it was looking like a very good tool.

Did anyone here successfully use the routine creator beta?

Anyhow - as much I would love to see it go live, I just can’t see it happening.

As much as people in this community complain about the ST app, I think it’s pretty good (with some obvious problems discussed elsewhere). It’s the Hubitat app experience that is the only thing preventing me from making the switch to Hubitat.

I’m pleased to say I didn’t know if even existed until the last time the URL was quoted in the forum. I say pleased because it suggests that non-disclosure agreements were respected.

It sounds like the Smart Lighting app is going to become a Rules based front end and that could suck up quite a chunk of the demand for bespoke Rules. If Routines ever got an else section, that would be significant too. I’d still like to see a fully featured web client app. All these things just seem to give a lot more bangs.

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Having the option to specify if/else in a single routine would also help with the routine limit and general clutter.

I have some routines that, other than the time of day and light brightness, are identical.

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I feel the pain with webcore going away but I made peace with it and simply doing the best I can with what I got. For me a lot of my webcore pistons were there for the “cool” factor. Pistons that would randomly present you with a different TTS greeting when someone came home, randomized TTS for who’s going to get the clothes from the dryer, alerting on rocket launches, fancy gauges counting down an event etc.

I only discovered webcore when Stringify was being shut down and even that had me bummed as I had a lot of flows in Stringify I had to quickly replace all my flows but luckily Webcore was easy to use and seemed unlimited in what it can do. But in a way I’m used to things going away, new things replacing it etc. it’s almost never a like for like but c’est la vie.

I’m sticking around to see where the platform is heading but it’s good to see that at least some alternatives exist even though they may not be comparable to webcore. Rules api with a good front end would be nice.

There are some really good folks on here working tirelessly and I’ve seen some pretty neat drivers being released.

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Or could it lead to other limits being imposed? Hmmmmm I wonder

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Maybe something will be announced at the Developer Conference (next week):

https://www.samsungdeveloperconference.com/