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Commands for Acceptance Testing

In this second part of a three-part article series on acceptance testing with Ruby on Rails, you will learn the various commands that are performed during this process, and start your first acceptance test. This article is excerpted from chapter 11 of the book Practical Rails Projects, written by Eldon Alameda (Apress; ISBN: 1590597818).

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July 29, 2010
  1. · Commands for Acceptance Testing
  2. · Accessor Commands
  3. · Element Locators
  4. · The First Acceptance Test

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Commands for Acceptance Testing - Accessor Commands
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Accessors are used for accessing the content that is displayed in the browser and for storing the content in a variable that can be used later in the script. Accessors follow the same logic as verification and wait for assertions. For example, use storeLocation(variableName) to store the title of the page in a variable. Table 11-3 lists some commonly used accessors.

Table 11-3. Commonly Used Selenium Accessors

Name Description
store(value, variableName) Stores the value in the specified variable
storeValue(locator, variableName) Stores the value of an input field in the specified variable
storeText(locator, variableName) Stores the text of the specified element in the specified variable
storeChecked(locator, variableName) Stores true in the specified variable if the check box is selected, otherwise stores false











Let's say that you want to store the text that you entered in the Name field on the post to forum page (http://localhost:3000/forum/post) and use the same text in the Subject field. You could do that with the following commands:

|type|post[subject]|This is posted by ${name}|

The first two commands open the post to forum page and type George in the Name field. The third command stores the field's value in a variable (name), which is then used on the last row to type the text "This is posted by George" in the Subject field.

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