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Acceptance Testing

If you've built a complicated application and you want to make sure it works, you perform acceptance testing. This three-part article series will show you how to automate the process. It is excerpted from chapter 11 of the book Practical Rails Projects, written by Eldon Alameda (Apress; ISBN: 1590597818).

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July 23, 2010
  1. · Acceptance Testing
  2. · Installing Selenium
  3. · Writing Selenium Tests
  4. · Action Commands

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Acceptance Testing - Action Commands
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Actions perform user actions that modify the state of the application, including clicking links and submitting forms; even drag and drop is supported. So, actions can be used to mimic almost any action performed in a browser by George or any of Emporium's customers. Table 11-1 lists some of the available action commands.

Table 11-1. Some Selenium Actions 





Accesses a page, such as the forum1


Simulates a user clicking a link, button, check box, or radio button2

type(locator, value)

Simulates a user typing some text into a text box or any other form field that accepts user input

select(locator, value)

Selects a specific item from a drop-down list


1 The URL must point to the same domain where the Selenium script has been deployed. For example, you can't test www.google.com. This is due to the so-called same origin policy enforced by browsers. This limitation can be circumvented by using a proxy.

2 Use clickAndWait(locator) if the action causes a new page to load (as most do).

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