Issue of the topic: I can’t seem to be able to locate .things (or other) files. I was just trying to explore those files because I wanted to try rules with my alexa connected Light-Bulbs, but after looking around, there doesn’t seem to be any files like you would normally have
Not because of that, you aren’t many of those who choose to use files still use the UI for Things because they are especially prone to errors from files.
File-based vs. UI-driven Configuration
Early on you must choose between either textual (file) based configuration, or the easier to use User Interface (UI) method for your setting up and configuration needs. This getting started tutorial will only cover the easier UI method, however since many areas of the documentation give textual examples (often marked as Full Example), it is important to recognize that these examples do not apply if you have chosen to use the UI. If this does not make sense at the moment, don’t worry, just continue on with this tutorial to learn how to use the UI method first, as you can always come back and learn how to use file based configuration.
When using the UI method you will notice that most configuration screens will have a “Code” tab. If you run into problems or want to share something that you’ve created through the UI, click on the “Code” tab and post that YAML to the forum ( using code fences (opens new window)) instead of, or in addition to using screen shots.