Over the past few months, I’ve been working on a series of videos for my Youtube channel focusing on a new user tutorial for openHAB 2. For these videos, I’ve developed a number of slides and a script, with the original intention of using them to create my videos. That said, these should be useful as standalone products, as a new user toturial, to explain the basic concepts of openHAB 2 configuration. As requested by @rlkoshak in the PaperUI-NG / Beginner's Tutorial wiki post, I’m posting the slides, with their associated write-ups, in sections, as they were used in the videos.
The goal of my videos was to create a series that would be useful for the more “visual” learners (like myself), who lose focus when reading a wall of text, or just anyone who would rather see things done visually, rather than read about them in documentation. They are also meant to simplify the concepts of openHAB configuration, to prevent over-feeding the viewer with too much information to start with. The idea is to present the topics in a basic format (perhaps even over-simplified), and allow them to explore the topic more on their own. This should serve as a good baseline for the PaperUI-NG new user tutorial, but can be expanded upon if needed.
I’m going to break the series into posts, corresponding to the way they were broken up in the video series (Bindings & Things, Items & Links, Sitemaps & UIs, Rules, …) and continue to create new posts, as I create the associated documentation for them. Please use topic replies in each topic to comment on that specific section of the tutorial (correcting any errors or issues you may find) and I will update the main topic with any viable suggestions.
Now that we have an openHAB system set up, we need to talk about some of the nomenclature and the system components of openHAB, and we need to understand how these components work together. In this video, I will begin to introduce some of the basic building blocks of the openHAB configuration. There is a lot of information to cover, so I will split this up into smaller sections and give examples for each component, so you can follow along and try this on your own system. Hopefully that keeps the video flowing and it’s not boring to you. In the end, we’ll build a simple automation into the system I set up in previous videos, piece-by-piece, as I explain each topic and we’ll end up with a fully working system, that you can extend on your own.
So, let’s get started!