Finds the item using XPath query. Thank you very much for your prompt reply. This ensures you can call browser specific methods. By using watir can we run the standlone application which are like notepad etc. The headless gem still drives a browser, just not on a display. This is probably something I need to look into incorporating into Tapestry to some extent.

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Further, many of the tools were written by developers with a development focus in mind, which is different from those tools developed by testers. If not, read up on those. Like Watir, WebDriver allows certain aspects of its implementation to be tied to specific browsers to provide focused functionality. This appears to be a condition in the current Watir. As the WebDriver drivers matured, Selenium found the WebDriver solutions appealing enough celsrity agree to merge the projects.

I’ve weebdriver using Celerity to run automated tests and it has been robust. In order to get started with all of this, you do need Ruby installed as well as some gems. Sign up using Email and Password. It allows you to create a headless display straight from Ruby code, hiding some low-level action.


The big backward-incompatible change in the Watir 2. And yet here I am apparently offering yet another blog post covering the stuff. Used for an element that has a title attribute.

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Thank you very much for your prompt reply. I also mention this on Open Source Automation Setup.

This keeps the scenario highly readable, with the detailed data specified in the YAML file. From ceoerity earliest days of the project Watir has had people dedicated to building a community around it. Used for an element that has a class attribute.

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Used only for label element. Email Required, but never shown. There’s a lot of open issues. WebDriver was created by Simon Stewart in also at ThoughtWorks at that time and it provided solutions celeriity some of the major issues Selenium faced.

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Another option would be to use a leaner browser, such as webkit. Your email address will not be published.

As it turns out, RSpec can work quite well in this regard. In the meantime, I urge you to explore the script created here. Watir-webdriver – force firefox to close Ask Question. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Thanks, but I already use the headless gem, but stat still runs a firefox application in the background. I’d advise that you not automatically discard either viewpoint when they conflict or accept either as truth when they agree.

Webrat lets you quickly write expressive and robust acceptance tests for a Ruby web application. This initializes a browser onceand then uses the same browser instance for each Cucumber scenario. By using watir can we run the standlone application which are like notepad etc. I also made the script such that a command line argument indicating what browser to run on must be passed in.

You can add one on github! Celerity provides a superset of Watir’s API. As a rule of thumb, I try to keep my step definition code to 1 or 2 lines, and at a fairly high level, which makes it much more readable. A common method simply retrieves the appropriate test data, and provides it to the step to use.