February 23rd – If This Then That

After yesterday’s Computer Science flavor with CodeSchool, I thought I’d keep it going and talk about a great website called “If This Then That” or IFTTT for short (and their website address).

February 23rd – If This Then That (IFTTT)

If This Then That is kind of an introduction to Computer Science without calling it Computer Science.  The If Statement is a fundamental part of CS which helps make decisions on what should happen based on an outcome. IFTTT takes advantage of that and puts it into plain language (or pseudocode) for people to understand.  Some example on the website (once you’ve signed up for free) are “If the forecast calls for rain then email me“.  A simple condition being met – rain is true – and then an email will appear.  The IFTTT platform connects to a dozen other apps like Google Drive (your new best friend after the past 8 days) and Instagram, as well as some lesser known apps like BloomSky and the WeMo series of Home Appliances.  It needs some toying with but the examples (or “recipes”) they give are great and will help you along your way.  Sign up (it’s free) and toy around with it – after a little while you’ll be walking around and think, I wish there was a way to post my Instagram pics to my Flickr account… spoiler alert – IFTTT can do that!

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If This Then That Home Page taken February 22nd
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