Tag Archives: automation

Refactoring is allowed

Writing automated tests means writing code. It means going through processes that regular code goes through. Like code review, and refactoring. I see a lot of hesitation when it comes to refactoring one’s own code, possibly because we feel that if our code needs correction, we did a crappy job writing it the first time. But that is not the case, and refactoring should be seen as a good thing. It is meant for changing something from good to even better. Continue reading Refactoring is allowed

thewaiter: wait for WebElement text. To equal, contain a String with variations.

Element text is something you will often check for when writing Selenium tests. Whether it equals a given String, or contains a given String. But you can extend your checks to whether: the element text equals/contains a String ignoring the case of the two, or whether the element text equals/contains a String ignoring any whitespace the two might contain. Continue reading thewaiter: wait for WebElement text. To equal, contain a String with variations.

thewaiter: waiting for a URL in the browser to equal or contain a String, with Selenium

In some tests it is not enough to just wait for a page to fully load, but instead you need to make sure that the URL corresponding to that page is the expected one. Maybe you clicked on a button and need to make sure an expected page/URL opened, or maybe you are opening a page but a redirect changes the URL to something else than the initial page had. For such tests you can use the URL related wait methods from ‘thewaiter’ library, to wait until the URL is the correct one, before performing the rest of the test. Continue reading thewaiter: waiting for a URL in the browser to equal or contain a String, with Selenium

thewaiter: clicking on an element by using waits with Selenium

One of the most common ways of interacting with a page displayed in a browser, in Selenium tests, is clicking on a WebElement. But many times, due to the timing when the click happens, it will fail, since the WebElement that needs to be clicked is not yet available. This might be because some Javascript events have not finished enabling that WebElement, or other similar issues. Making clicks reliable can be done by using WebDriverWait, to wait until the click can actually happen.

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thewaiter: opening a page and waiting for it to load with Selenium

In this post i will discuss the methods you can find in thewaiter library, for waiting for a page to load completely. I will show the methods you can use from thewaiter that can help you with these waits, and some test examples for each, that you can also find in GitHub.   Continue reading thewaiter: opening a page and waiting for it to load with Selenium

Introducing thewaiter. A WebDriverWait based library for writing reliable Selenium tests

During my talk at the recent SauceCon conference, i described how you can write reliable Selenium tests by using WebDriverWait based methods to wait for page events to take place. I am now happy to announce that my little project, thewaiter library that i mentioned in the talk, is available to use from the Maven Repository! Read on for details. Continue reading Introducing thewaiter. A WebDriverWait based library for writing reliable Selenium tests

The tester and the code review

Code review, although very important and frequent in the software development world, is not as frequent in the automation testing world. Normally, it would be part of the whole process: someone writes code, reviews it, makes it available to the rest of the team, they review it, and if changes are needed they will be made, and the improved code will now be available back to the team. This helps in having better code and having awareness inside the team on what is being implemented.

Code is still code, no matter whether it is created for implementing or testing a feature, so there should be code reviews for all of it. Continue reading The tester and the code review