Tag Archives: automation

Easily compare a list of Strings with the contents of a file

Context: you need to check that the values you have in a List of Strings are the same as the contents of a file. An element in the List will correspond to an entire line from the file. How can you achieve this easily? Continue reading Easily compare a list of Strings with the contents of a file

Better Test Code Principles: #6 Don’t create a new variable for a value you will only use once

If you are an automation tester, you will need to write a lot of code to cover the required test scenarios and test cases. Your code base will grow and grow, but some of the code will not be really needed and thorough code reviews should be done, to avoid unnecessary code.

Such unneeded code might include forgotten and unused imports, duplicate code that should have been extracted in a separate method or variables that are declared only to be used in one place. Continue reading Better Test Code Principles: #6 Don’t create a new variable for a value you will only use once

Create a Proof of Concept before going full throttle with your automation

Starting an automation effort for a project that has no automation whatsoever is always a fun and challenging experience. But you need to clearly understand what the goal and specifics of your project are, to achieve success in the automation effort. Before jumping into writing the first automated tests, you need to gather some information, perform some analysis, and build a Proof of Concept, to make sure you picked automation tools that really work on your product. Continue reading Create a Proof of Concept before going full throttle with your 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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