An attribute of an HTML tag (or WebElement as you might know it from Selenium) stores valuable information about the state of that element. If we are thinking of checkboxes, a “checked” attribute will signal whether the checkbox is selected or not. For a link, the “href” attribute will tell us what location on the web it points to.
There will be times when your Selenium tests will need for an attribute of a WebElement to have an expected value. This signals that the state you expect your product to be in is correct. Before any other steps will be performed, you will need to make sure that the value of the attribute is correct, and for this process asserts are quite frequent. Enter “thewaiter” library, which has methods for you to wait for the attributes, not only to equal a text, but to also contain it, or to equal/contain it ignoring whitespaces or the case. Continue reading thewaiter: wait for WebElement attribute. To equal, contain a String, with variations.
Naming is one of those underrated things when it comes to test automation code. Many times, when you look at variable or even test method names, they are not very suggestive and you have a hard time figuring out what their purpose is. In this post you will find a few reasons why it is important to name things properly, and some tips about how to find the good names your code deserves. Continue reading Better Test Code Principles: Use proper naming, for everything
Once you have your automated regression suite in place, you can create a scheduler to run them periodically, without any manual intervention. Mostly you will use Jenkins jobs (or some similar CI tool) to trigger them and have them running on an environment of your choice. Just because they are called “regression tests” it does not mean they are only meant to be run once before a release. They are in place to help validate your system, so you can run them as often as you want. Continue reading The Automated Regression Suite. Part 2 of 3. When to run the tests.
What do I mean by “automated regression testing”? I am not one for debating for hours what this means, so let me give you my interpretation (not definition), so that we are on the same page: whenever you are performing a new release, you need to make sure the features you released some time ago still work properly. For that, you will need to run some kind of tests, to ensure the features are still working as expected. You could do that manually, but running the same manual test cases repeatedly, for each release, takes a lot of time and quite frankly, becomes boring or even frustrating at one point. Hence, the suite of automated tests comes in handy. Having these in place will allow to verify plenty of scenarios while you can do something more enjoyable during the test run. Continue reading The Automated Regression Suite. Part 1 of 3. When to create the tests for regression
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