Running openHAB 2.5.0-S1628. Browsing with Firefox.
I realize there are something like a hundred threads labeled “Basic UI not updating”. I’m here to tell you it’s still a problem in S1628. Basic UI is finicky as hell.
If you create an item in the items file, it won’t have a value initially. If you then go to Basic UI to see it, it will be shown, and have no value (as it should). If you then give the item a value, Basic UI won’t reflect it until you hit refresh… and at that point Basic UI will ONLY update that value if you hit refresh – not automatically!
I’m not sure what it takes to make it update – i’ve had to play games like cutting the entire items file, saving, then pasting it back in and saving again. That sometimes gets it working.
I realize this may be akin to blowing on the cartridge edge connector.
If you create an item and make sure it has a value before you try to view it in Basic UI, things work better. Not quite perfectly, but after refreshing a few times it seems to realize that it should be picking up the changes.
But, that’s not the usual workflow when you’re building something.
As a maker, I’ve been conditioned to take small steps and verify my progress after each step, by a lifetime of experiences. It’s always when I skip checking my progress that I miss something that comes back to bite me later.
For this reason, Basic UI’s flakiness causes A LOT of problems – obviously not just for me, judging from the amount of threads about this.
Because Basic UI is simple on the surface, it makes sense to use it to check your work (did i create the item correctly?) before continuing on to other user interfaces. Heck, after three weeks of using openHAB I still have NOT attempted to tackle HabPanel! I need to master the nuts and bolts before then.
Just my two cents.