GuiTest port to Ruby? Fwd: [Wtr-general] Watir needs a Win32GUI library
Bret Pettichord just published the note below to the WATIR and
ruby-talk mail lists. If anyone here would be interested in helping
to create a usable win32-guitest module for Ruby, your experience and
expertise would be both valuable and welcome.
The WATIR community in particular has some fine developers and
enthusiastic expert users.
I hope to see some of you there.
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From: Bret Pettichord <bret@...>
Date: Sat, 12 Mar 2005 20:53:25 +0530
Subject: [Wtr-general] Watir needs a Win32GUI library
We've seen growing enthusiasm for Watir, a web-testing library that is good
enough that it is convincing people to learn Ruby just so that they can use
it. Here are some things people are saying about it:
Watir Rocks! I have played with it for only about on hour and
accomplished what I had wanted to do (but did not have the wherewithall)
for ages. Truly awesome !!
In my opinion, WATIR has no peer as a framework to drive functional
test automation in Internet Explorer.
I have been using watir for a few weeks and have been very productive
in automating the testing of our Web based application.
I downloaded Watir a few days ago, without having have any high hopes
for it, but I have been very impressed by this tool. I have limited
scripting experience and none with Ruby, but I was able to follow your
examples and be productive in short order. My hat is off to all involved in
this project, you're doing a great service for the testing community - mad
Up until now, I'd managed to avoid learning the Ruby scripting
language.... But after seeing what Watir could do and how neat Ruby is, I
became a convert.
See http://wtr.rubyforge.org/wiki/wiki.pl?WatirTestimonials for more comments.
We've just release version 1.1 of Watir.
I'm writing to ask for help. The biggest problem with Watir is its support
for various dialogs. These dialogs appear when you use a browser; for
mostly works by accessing the DOM via IE's COM interface. But there is no
COM/DOM interface to these dialogs. We have some code that uses Win32 API
calls, but it is buggy and needs work. Frankly, i think we would be better
off using a general Win32 GUI testing library than trying to build a peice
of it ourselves.
Perl has a really good Win32-GuiTest library.
There is also a Ruby port of this, but it uses Cygwin and appears to have
We need something that works with MSWIN. Can you help us?
So far we have had some suggestions. One person suggested that we just use
the Perl library. Another has suggested that we use AutoIt. But personally
i would prefer a Ruby solution. Surely i'm not the only Ruby programmer
left on the Windows platform. Do we want to let the Perl programmers
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