Getting Started With RedConnect
In the next lesson we will explore the editor in more detail “How To Use Node-RED”
Hi my name is Stephen Keep, today we are going to take a look at RedConnect. We are going to take a tour of the panel which is where you can create your first RedConnect app. Then we are going to create our first hello world example, so let’s get started.
So if you haven’t got an account already head on over to https://login.redconnect.io. On here you will see a register link, click on the link fill out your email address and password. Once registration is complete you can head on back to login. Enter the credentials you just created and you’ll be redirected to the admin panel.
The panel is where you manage all of your apps, first thing we are going to want to do is create a new app to begin with lets click on that create new app button. The next thing we need to do is give our app a name, so for this example we just call this helloworld.
Now the app appears in our list you may notice it says that its not running, when an app is first installed it takes about a minute to load. While that’s happening let’s take a look at this app in more detail. Along the top you can see there are few tabs versions, team management and server logs we’ll explore these tabs in other tutorials but for now let’s launch the app and start our hello world example. To do that just click on the Launch button and a new tab will open up with the RedConnect app inside.
On the left hand side you will see the add-on catalog, this is where all the different nodes live and these are essentially the Lego bricks that can be combined together to create what we call flows. We will go into these in more detail later on but to begin lets create our Hello World example. We are going to need a HTTP in node this node acts like a REST API. Once you have created it and added it to your sheet, it will create an endpoint that you can call. So the first thing you need to do is to double-click it, this shows the configuration page for the node. So we’re going to create an endpoint called hello and then we can just give it useful name so we know what this node does, so it’s just GET hello.
This really does only show the tip of the iceberg of what’s possible with RedConnect so join us in the next video where we discuss add-ons and we start to create a more advanced flow.