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tony1212
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finding elements

Post by tony1212 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:20 pm

having trouble getting used to the layout with this tool maybe someone can give me some pointers.

I have a website. lots of my code will need to submit form data (which is easy enough) then go through tables and validate that values are correct (html tables, data grids....)

I was hoping the spy tool let me hover over a dom element get its name and use that in my script something like (providing these names had meaning)

table_itable.cell3.getText(); or table_itable.cell3.setText();

ideally if there was a generic (and maybe there is) find() command that I can take an element name and do a find on it then use it
(assume X is a valid object type)

X = find(itable.cell3);
X.getText(); or X.setText();

then I don't need a static map that needs to be maintained.

Did any of that make sense and if so can Ranorex do anything similar.

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Ciege
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Re: finding elements

Post by Ciege » Thu Jun 24, 2010 9:50 pm

Sounds like you need to start reading about FindSingle. For what it's worth, I don't use a repository map either.

What I do is create a framework of useful / reusable methods that do work for all of my automation scripts. In this framework I crate methods such as DOMTextBoxClick and DOMCheckBoxClick etc. Then from my automation script I call the method and pass it the object name I am looking for.

As an example here is the DOMTextBoxClick method:

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        public static int DOMTextBoxClick(Ranorex.WebDocument webDocumentName, string TextBoxName)
        {
            /************************************************************************
             * Function         : DOMTextBoxClick(Ranorex.WebDocument webDocumentName, string TextBoxName)
             *
             * Description      : This function will click a text box in a web document. 
             *                         
             * Parameters       : webDocumentName   - The web DOM object the the TextBox lives on
             *                  : TextBoxName       - Name of the TextBox to click
             *                  
             * Return Type      : Integer
             * 
             * Return Value     : 0 for success, -1 for failure
             * 
             * Revision History
             * Date       : Author                    : Reason/Change
             * ---------- : ------------------------- : ------------------------------
             * 03/09/2009 : Chris Gendreau            : Initial Creation 
             ************************************************************************/

            Ranorex.InputTag DOMTextBox;

            //Search for the TextBox on the page
            try
            {
                webDocumentName.EnsureVisible();
                Thread.Sleep(500);
                DOMTextBox = webDocumentName.FindSingle(".//input[@Id='" + TextBoxName + "']");
            }

            catch (RanorexException e)
            {
                Report.Error("Unable to find TextBox: " + TextBoxName);
                Report.Error(e.ToString());
                Report.Screenshot();
                return -1;
            }

            //Ranorex Debug
            Report.Debug("DOM ScreenRectangle: " + webDocumentName.ScreenRectangle.ToString());
            Report.Debug("DOM Valid: " + webDocumentName.Valid.ToString());

            Report.Debug("InputTag ScreenRectangle: " + DOMTextBox.ScreenRectangle.ToString());
            Report.Debug("InputTag Valid: " + DOMTextBox.Valid.ToString());


            //Click a TextBox
            try
            {
                Report.Info("Clicking TextBox: " + TextBoxName);
                //DOMTextBox.EnsureVisible();
                DOMTextBox.Focus();
                Thread.Sleep(1000);
                DOMTextBox.Click(Location.Center, 1000);
                //DOMTextBox.PerformClick();
                Report.Debug("  Clicked TextBox: " + TextBoxName);
            }

            catch (RanorexException e)
            {
                Report.Error(e.ToString());
                Report.Screenshot();
                return -1;
            }

            return 0;
        } //End DOMTextBoxClick
If this or any response has helped you, please reply to the thread stating that it worked so other people with a similar issue will know how you fixed your issue!

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tony1212
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Re: finding elements

Post by tony1212 » Thu Jun 24, 2010 10:02 pm

thanks for the reply and yes I admit posting this was a bit lazy as I am new to the tool and have not done all my homework.

thanks