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Flash/Flex Testing

The Flash/Flex Test Automation Plugin provides a smooth integration with the Ranorex Automation Framework and its tools. You can easily filter, access and validate Flex controls easily using RanoreXPath. You have full access to all the properties and attributes of Flash and Flex elements.

Prerequisites

The automation of Flash/Flex applications requires inclusion of the Ranorex Flex Automation Lib.


Methods for loading the Automation Lib

Depending on your flash/flex application, you can choose to use one of the following flexible instrumentation methods:

PreLoader (recommended)

The Ranorex PreLoader enables automation of your flash/flex application without modifying the application itself.

Automation Lib

The AutomationLib swc file has to be included into your flash/flex application (by adding a compiler argument).

  • AutomationLib will be loaded in background (will not affect the functionality of your flash/flex application)
  • No modifications to your website needed

Module

The Module swf file has to be loaded by adding a code snippet to your ACTIONS (for flash) or to your 'applicationCompleteHandler' function (for flex).

  • Module will be loaded in background (will not affect the functionality of your flash/flex application)
  • No modifications to your website needed
  • Module swf has to be copied to the web server

The following table shows you the different instrumentation options available for the supported versions of flash/flex:



Flash
Flex
AIR*


CS3 CS4 CS5
3.X 4.X
2.X 3.X 4.X
PreLoader






Automation Lib



Module



* Support for Adobe AIR 2 Release in combination with Flex 3.5 and Flex 4 Release

= supported

= recommended

Test Automation of Flash/Flex controls with Ranorex

The architecture of a Flash/Flex object is easy to see within Ranorex Spy. All embedded Flash or Flex elements are shown as a Flex element in the tree view.

Use Ranorex Recorder to automate Flash/Flex applications in all supported browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and Safari). You can add user code actions to your recordings to access custom Flex properties.


Test Automation of Flash/Flex Applications

How to read/set attributes and styles

You can read/set common attributes (e.g. the checkstate of a checkbox) directly by using the adapter as follows:
// Set the checked state with the property "Checked"  
repo.FlexTestPageDom.CheckBox_Control_Example.CheckBoxEggs.Checked = true;  



To access custom attributes and styles, you first have to load your Flex item as a FlexElement in order to read your attributes. Here's an example:
// Load the slider as a Flex element to access flex attributes  
FlexElement sliderFlex = repo.FlexTestPageDom.ContainerHSlider_Control.SliderHSlider.As<flexelement>();  
sliderFlex["value"] = "100";  
  
FlexElement containerFlex = repo.FlexTestPageDom.Self.FindSingle(".//container[@caption='Tree Control']");  
containerFlex.SetStyle("borderColor","#ee0000");  
</flexelement>  

Using the Ranorex PreLoader

The Instrumentation Wizard automatically activates Flash/Flex automation for your machine as described here.

If the automatic instrumentation did not work, you can follow these steps to achieve what the Instrumentation Wizard would have done:

  1. Install the Adobe Debug Flash Player on the machine on which you would like to record and execute Ranorex test scripts and for all browsers you would like to test with. The installers are available on Adobe's download page; the following are the links to the Debug Player for
  2. Open your user profile directory %UserProfile%, e.g. by opening Windows Explorer and copying the string %UserProfile% into the address bar.
  3. Create a new file called 'mm.cfg' in your user profile directory and insert the following line of code:
    PreloadSwf= C:\Program Files\Ranorex X.X\Bin\RanorexAutomation.swf

      

    where 'C:\Program Files\Ranorex X.X\Bin\RanorexAutomation.swf' needs to be replaced by the preloader location of your Ranorex installation. If the 'mm.cfg' file already exists, check if the location is correctly set to your current preloader location (Ranorex X.X might change after upgrading to a new version!). In addition to this configuration entry you can enable the logging mechanisms of the Adobe Debug Flash Player, which might be helpful if you have any problems with this kind of instrumentation. In such a case you can then simply provide the logging information to our support team. To enable logging you have to add (or modify) the following line of code to your 'mm.cfg' file:
    TraceOutputFileEnable=1  


    This additional configuration entry forces the Debug Player to create a log file at following location:
    C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Roaming\Macromedia\Flash Player\Logs 


    where <username> needs to be replaced by the username that is logged on.
  4. If you run your application from the local drive, add your output directory to the trusted locations of Flash Player as follows:
    1. Open following link
      http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04a.html#119065
    2. Add your project output directory

Adobe Flex: Load the Ranorex Lib into your Flex application

  1. Start Adobe Flash Builder and open your workspace
  2. Right-click on your project and choose Properties
  3. Under Flex Compiler add the RanorexAutomation.swc file (located in the Bin directory of your Ranorex installation) to the the compiler argument as follows:

    -include-libraries "C:/Program Files/Ranorex X.X/Bin/RanorexAutomation.swc"  



  4. Append following code to your 'applicationCompleteHandler' function:

    import Ranorex.RxAutomation;   
    RxAutomation.Init(); 
    
    
    
    
  5. Save and compile your application
  6. Run your application in a supported browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
  7. If you run your Flex application from the local drive, add your output directory to the trusted locations of Flash Player as follows:
    1. Open following link
      http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04a.html#119065
    2. Add your project output directory

Adobe Flash: Load the Ranorex Lib into your Flash application

  1. Start Adobe Flash CS4/CS5 and open your application
  2. Open the 'Publish Settings' dialog (File->Publish Settings)
  3. Include the Ranorex Flash Library in your Flash application under Flash->Script->Settings...->Library Path and choose 'Browse to SWC file'
  4. Select 'RanorexAutomation.swc' file in the browse dialog (RanorexAutomation.swc is located in the Bin directory of your Ranorex installation)
    Insert following code to your ACTIONS (by pressing F9):
    import Ranorex.RxAutomation;   
    RxAutomation.InitFromApp(stage); 
    
    
    
    
    OR add the code to your ActionScript source file as follows:
    import mx.controls.*;  
    import flash.events.*;  
    import flash.display.*;  
    import flash.ui.Keyboard;  
    import flash.geom.Rectangle;  
    import fl.events.SliderEvent;  
    // Add Ranorex library  
    import Ranorex.RxAutomation;  
      
    public class Simple extends MovieClip  
    {  
        public function Simple()  
        {  
            // Add to your constructor  
            RxAutomation.InitFromApp(stage);  
        }  
    }  
    
    
    
    
  5. Run your application in a supported browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
  6. If you run your Flash application from the local drive, add your output directory to the trusted locations of Flash Player as follows:
    1. Open following link http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04a.html#119065
    2. Add your project output directory

How to load the Ranorex Module into your Flash application

  1. Start Adobe Flash CS3/CS4/CS5 and open your application
  2. Insert following code to your ACTIONS (by pressing F9):

    import flash.net.URLRequest;  
    var rxloader : Loader = new Loader();  
    stage.addChild(rxloader);  
    rxloader.name = "__rxloader";  
    rxloader.width = 0; rxloader.height = 0;  
    rxloader.load(new URLRequest("RanorexAutomation.swf"));
    
    
    
  3. Copy the RanorexAutomation.swf file, located in the Bin directory of your Ranorex installation, to your web server (where your .swf file is located)
  4. Run your application in a supported browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
  5. If you run your Flash application from the local drive, add your output directory to the trusted locations of Flash Player as follows:
    1. Open following link http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04a.html#119065
    2. Add your project output directory

How to load the Ranorex Module into your Flex/AIR application

  1. Start Adobe Flash Builder and open your workspace
  2. Append following code to your 'applicationCompleteHandler' function or initialization code:
    For Flex 3:

    var rxloader : Loader = new Loader();  
    Application.application.rawChildren.addChild(rxloader);  
    rxloader.name = "__rxloader";  
    rxloader.width = 0; rxloader.height = 0;  
    rxloader.load(new URLRequest("RanorexAutomation.swf"));
    
    
    


    For Flex 4:

    var rxloader : Loader = new Loader();  
    FlexGlobals.topLevelApplication.parent.addChild(rxloader);  
    rxloader.name = "__rxloader";  
    rxloader.width = 0; rxloader.height = 0;  
    rxloader.load(new URLRequest("RanorexAutomation.swf"));  
    
    
    
  3. Copy the RanorexAutomation.swf file, located in the Bin directory of your Ranorex installation, to your web server (where your .swf file is located) or where your AIR application is located.
  4. Run your application in a supported browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)
  5. If you run your Flash application from the local drive, add your output directory to the trusted locations of Flash Player as follows:
    1. Open following link http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04a.html#119065
    2. Add your project output directory