In my opinion the truth is some where between.
Indeed, it is helpful to get some examples from (experienced) users.
- which items (devices, Information, …) are used by them
- which is the potential for automating things (=> mostly rules AND scripts)
But, and there I’m on the way with @rlkoshak:
Who will understand these things within a file with hundreds of items, ten-thousands of lines of code,…?
I think, the idea of sharing the projects should not be on the perspective of posting the complete configuration files, but it would be helpful to get an overview with these three Points:
- what kind of devices/functions are automated/updated => overview and ideas for others
- which items and rules/scripts are used for it => information and guidance, similar to How-Tos
- which technology/binding is used => specialities, not absolutely necessary for solving the Task
In my opinion, for Newcomers there are only two or three things important at the beginning:
- naming scheme of items (not necessarily at the beginning with <10 items, but very useful for growing numbers of items without the need of renaming all items)
- how to set up items and sitemap, related to presentation in the UserInterface (e.g. should the text be specified within the item or should this made within the sitemap?)
- do little steps within openhab
The big, big, big task of home automation has many facets. So just break all the tasks down in very little steps and start integrating them to your system.
In the beginning, just try to communicate with your device. Get some information from it or give it a new state. When the item is correct, go on to get the rule working step by step (in the beginning just log the state in the rule) and see if the trigger is met.
But back to your idea:
I think it would be very interesting which parts of automation are done by other users.
I’m at the beginning with openhab. My house is partly equipped with LCN (home Automation System from german based Issendorff KG) for lightning, roller shutter, room temperature, window contacts and heater.
I use openHAB to integrate more sensors and information which is not within the LCN:
- Getting the sunrise time or sunset time is much easier with openhab and the astro binding.
- Getting the petrol price from the petrol stations close to my home (via tankerkoenig.de)
- (planned) Getting the departure time of the tram stop close to my home
- (planned) Getting the results of my son’s favourite football Club
- (planned) Overview of the temperatures at the heating boiler with solar collector and hot water tank (using a small ESP8266 module with DS18B20 stainless steel sensors and MQTT)
Maybe this gives you a small overview…