User-friendly controls and simplified interfaces are allowing more people than ever to program multiple objects and devices together into personalized experiences.

From botanical to the hanging variety, every garden in the world shares one thing in common – they exist because someone cares. Dedicated individuals attend to them who know not to plant mint in the same plot as basil, and who use a combination of accrued knowledge and good old-fashioned hard work to curate how these natural ecosystems grow and thrive.

In a similar way, the systems and devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) wouldn't seem so special if nobody cared to program and direct them. Better yet, it used to be that only a small group of people with specialized training could communicate with this technology, but many developers are now creating simple programming interfaces, or “recipes,” to extend that language to the rest of us.

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