Author Archives: Justin Ko

The many code paths of the :id locator

Problem While investigating the changes needed for Pull Request #662, I noticed that the :id locator had quite a few code paths. For example, the locator could be: Directly passed on to Selenium-WebDriver Incorporated into an XPath expression Compared while … Continue reading

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Text field performance – #set vs #set!

Problem While investigating an issue for TextField#set!, I noticed that the method was: Notice that it calls the normal #set for the first character, as well as another call for the middle of the value, the end and validation. At … Continue reading

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Reproducing the compound class error

Problem A Stack Overflow question by BIGJOHN mentioned getting a “compound class names not permitted error.” The usage of the compound class was obvious: The question is, where is this exception coming from? Compound class names, while on the list … Continue reading

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Attach to a manually opened Chrome browser using debuggerAddress

Problem Watir-Classic can attach to manually opened browsers. This is a great benefit when using Watir to aid manual testing efforts. It is also helpful when developing automated tests. However, for the longest time, this was not possible with Watir(-Webdriver). … Continue reading

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Locate by classes in a specific order

Problem In HTML, the class attribute is a space-separated list of classes for the element. The order of classes does not matter when applying style sheets. For example, in the following page, all 3 div elements would look the same … Continue reading

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Set styled radio buttons and checkboxes that have hidden or overlapped the input field

Problem There seems to be an upward trend in applications using label elements to style radio buttons and checkboxes. This can cause issues when Watir tries to set the field. For example: Setting a jQuery Mobile checkbox, results in the … Continue reading

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Determine the feature directory in Cucumber hooks

Problem Today’s Stack Overflow question, “Is it possible to know from which folder cucumber scenario is running?” by Den Silver, was looking to apply hooks based on a feature file’s folder. While I can see the merit of this approach, … Continue reading

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