IFTTT: If This Then That

When I teach students about if statements in CS (Computer science), many times I use example form cause and effect relationships as my jumping-off point. When something occurs, an action happens, like your hand placed on a hot stove. This is an if statement or a switch in code.

There is a great website and service called IFTTT, pronounced “ift”, and it’s a way to automate and connect almost all of your services that do not necessarily play well together by using connected apps called Do and If.

It uses triggers, either automatic triggers in the Do Recipes or using If Recipes which depend on another action to run. This automates the services you sign up for online, as well as various devices in your connected home, your smartphones, even potentially your car! Of course that would mean you’re not driving a 2005 Honda Civic with part of the bumper chewed off like mine.

For those of you reading this that think I’m speaking another language, and I kind of am. Here is an example of an If Recipe that I have personally enabled on my personal devices to save me time. If Recipes are automatic r connected services, depending on you, and Do Recipes are triggered by an app, or another trigger that you dictate. I usually use my smartwatch to trigger my Do Recipes.

Here are some examples If Recipes that I have personally enabled on my personal devices to save me time.

Here are two examples Do Recipes that I have personally enabled on my personal devices to save me time.

You can also create your own recipes that work for you. So anytime, you wake up in the morning, you can receive an alert at a specific time if there is a forecast for rain. It is awesome and nerdy and amazing!

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