[Webtest] Re: WebTest Cookbook

Marc Guillemot Marc Guillemot <mguillemot@yahoo.fr>
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 10:28:12 +0100

You're welcome! ;-)

A lot of things could/should be done to improve WebTest ... and are just 
waiting that someone starts doing them. We are now 4 committers but 3 of 
them don't have currently so much time/interest for WebTest. This 
committers list isn't definitive at all and we would be happy to welcome 
new energies. Even if you're not a programmer I'm sure that you could 
contribute to WebTest for instance improving the documentation as you 

If you want to start contributing I will help you as far as I can. 
WebTest build process is good because it ensures a high quality but it 
is surely too complex and not easy to start with.


PS: I don't agree with you on the reason motivating to use WebTest 
rather than HtmlUnit to write tests. Even with a good HtmlUnit knowledge 
I prefer to specify my tests with WebTest rather than to program them 
with HtmlUnit: tests are shorter, more readable and more usable.

Nate Oster wrote:
> Committers,
> This thread about using Groovy to temporarily suppress JS exceptions is
> fantastic.  However, I think it highlights the need for WebTest to be
> more "packaged" for new users.  I know there are several open JIRA
> issues about this.
> For example, most of us "end users" of WebTest don't have detailed
> HTMLUnit knowledge - that's why we use WebTest!  :)  
> WebTest provides a simple, declarative, procedural layer of abstraction
> on top of HTMLUnit.  Most WebTesters aren't familiar with all the
> available HTMLUnit settings.  One way to help users take advantage of
> Groovy scripting would be to create a cookbook of common solutions like
> the one below - perhaps even including them as examples with the
> distribution (or optionally with the distribution).  Maybe the wiki is
> the right place for this, but it seems to be little-used.
> As 2.3 or 3.0 or whatever the next version is takes shape, it would be
> really nice to poll this list for the design of an ideal WebTest
> distribution package that would help new users get productive
> immediately.
> Congrats on your presentation at iX Bessere Software Konferenz!
> Nate Oster
> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2006 17:26:18 +0100
> From: Marc Guillemot <mguillemot@yahoo.fr>
> To: webtest@lists.canoo.com
> Subject: Re: [Webtest] Script exception with JS Enabled...
> Reply-To: webtest@lists.canoo.com
> Reply-To: Marc Guillemot <mguillemot@yahoo.fr>
> as long as you don't have a fixed version, you can "locally ignore" the 
> js errors with something like:
> <groovy description="don't react on js script errors">
>      step.context.webClient.throwExceptionOnScriptError = false
> </groovy>
> ... your page invocation here ...
> <groovy description="react on js errors again as this webtest should 
> verify the quality of the application">
>      step.context.webClient.throwExceptionOnScriptError = true
> </groovy>
> Marc.