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Use of XPath in WATIR

03/04/2011
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WATIR allows you to access elements based on pre-defined attributes. But there are some cases where a simple watir method cannot be used. Cases such as below: Case 1 – > There is an element that cannot be accessed using pre-defined attributes Case 2 -> There is no API for a particular HTML element Case…

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Using WATIR and Roo to read data from Spreadsheets

03/02/2011
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Roo is a gem that lets you access contents of , 1> Excel Spreadsheets(.xls), 2> Open office spread sheets(.ods), 3>Excel’s new format .xlsx and 4>Google spreadsheets. Consider the following spreadsheet:   The above spreadsheet can be accessed using the following code:

#Require the roo library in the script

# To parse an excel…

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AutoIT and Basic Authentication on Locked Machines

02/25/2011
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When doing automated testing, it’s common to run into a basic authentication window before you can access the application. WATIR can’t handle these authentication windows very well because it’s basically a modal popup with no associated DOM. That’s where AutoIT can be used to handle these authentication windows. You can use AutoIT to send basic…

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Retrieving Text from a Modal Dialog

01/11/2011
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If your test case requires you to validate the text of a modal dialog, you can use the AutoIT function WinGetText.

However, this method only works for IE modal popups. When using Firefox, the WinGetText function will output a nil. One possible solution around this is to highlight the text, copy it, send it…

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Modal Dialogs and AutoIT

01/10/2011
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Modal dialogs are pop-ups that need attention before the user can go back to their testing window. Modal dialogs are difficult to automate using only Ruby and Watir because you can’t access the html source code of a modal dialog. Since AutoIT does not require any source code to operate, it is a viable tool…

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300 Validations. 7 Minutes.

08/03/2010
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We just completed our first Proof of Concept! 300 Validations in 7 Minutes!! Built, tested and deployed (from scratch) in less than 2 weeks. We’re pretty proud of ourselves. And best of all – we found 7 Errors that had been missed by our customer. Now we wont get into quantifying the ROI – rest…

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