If you need to automatically test a user interface, this book is for you. Whether it’s Windows, a Java platform (including Mac, Linux, and others) or a web app, you’ll see how to test it reliably and repeatably.
Many automated test frameworks promise the world and deliver nothing but headaches. Fortunately, you’ve got a secret weapon: Ruby. Ruby lets you build up a solution to fit your problem, rather than forcing your problem to fit into someone else’s idea of testing.
This book is for people who want to get their hands dirty on examples from the real world—and who know that testing can be a joy when the tools don’t get in the way. It starts with the mechanics of simulating button pushes and keystrokes, and builds up to writing clear code, organizing tests, and beyond.
This version, last updated Jan 2012, refreshes the RSpec examples for version 2.x. It also contains an updated section on narrative-style tests, based on Cucumber 1.x. Ian has tweaked code samples throughout the book for compatibility with Ruby 1.8.7, Ruby 1.9.2, or JRuby 1.6.5, based on what the underlying libraries support.
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About this Book
- 176 pages
- Release: P1.1 (2012-01-25)
- ISBN: 978-1-93435-618-0
Scripted GUI Testing with Ruby is a practical, quick-moving tutorial based on real life, and real-world GUI applications.
Right out of the gate you’ll start working with code to drive a desktop GUI. You’ll discover the kinds of gotchas and edge cases that don’t exist in simple, toy programs. As you add more tests, you’ll learn how to organize your test code and write lucid examples. The result is a series of “smoke tests” your team will run on Continuous Integration servers.
Next, we’ll explore a variety of different testing tips and tricks. You’ll employ a series of increasingly random and punishing test monkeys to try to crash programs. Table-driven techniques will show you how to check dozens of different input combinations. See how to use longer acceptance tests (in the form of stories) to represent the way a typical customer would use your program.
The book uses examples from Windows, OS X, and cross-platform Java desktop programs as well as Web applications. You’ll develop test scripts in Ruby; you don’t need to be a Ruby expert, but basic comfort with the language will be helpful.
Contents and ExtractsFull Table of Contents
- One Big Example
- An Early Success
- Refactoring With RSpec
- RSpec: The Language of Lucid Tests
- Next Iteration: Simplify!
- The Home Stretch
- Aspects of Testing