Squish tip of the week: How to find and use dynamic objects

Squish provides many options when working with dynamic objects:

  • Using Wildcards in the Object Map
  • Using Regular Expressions in the Object Map
  • Using Wildcards or Regular Expressions with Object Real Names in a script
  • Building Object Real Names within a script using information retrieved during script execution

Watch the videos below to learn two approaches to working with dynamic objects

The videos demonstrate the Squish for Qt edition and sample Qt application; however the same options apply working with other Squish editions.


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Squish tip of the week: Generate data-driven script from data file

Did you know Squish can help you create a data-driven script?

Simply highlight the code to loop, right-click and select Make Code Data Driven. By telling Squish which data file to use, Squish will produce the loop and applicable variable statements to extract the data from the data file.

Learn more by watching this quick video tutorial

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Squish tip of the week: Create tests against a remote environment

Your batch runs, or scheduled automated test executions can run remotely without question. But did you know you can also develop and manage tests remotely?

With the Squish Server running on the remote environment, the Squish IDE can create and execute tests remotely (you still need the ability to control the remote AUT, via remote desktop, vnc, direct access to the system, etc.)

Three simple steps:
  1. Indicate what incoming IP addresses to allow by modifying the squishserverrc file on the remote machine.
  2. Start the Squish Server on the remote machine to listen for incoming requests
  3. Point the Squish IDE to the remote machine’s IP address and port from Edit > Preferences (Mac: Squish > Preferences) > Squish > Remote Testing

    squishPreferences_RemoteTesting

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Squish tip of the week: Building a script toolbox

A different twist on the tip this week. We want to hear from you!

What are your most value added ‘toolbox’ scripts?

Implementing an automated test framework with re-usability in mind saves time down the road, especially when it comes to script maintenance. Each application should have a toolbox of re-usable scripts.
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Squish tip of the week: How to work with an already running application

Question: Is it possible for Squish to hook into (interact with) an application that was started manually?

Answer: Absolutely!

Here’s how

  1. Start the application using start*aut instead of starting it directly:
    startaut --port=<portNumber> <AUT_PATH>
  2. Register the AUT as an Attachable AUT

Going Forward

Using start*aut you can playback or interact with a running application using Squish, because the hook is already loaded and ready.

  • Update your Test Suite Setting’s Application list to use <No Application>
  • Now when you record, the Record Settings window displays where you can select to use the running application

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Squish tip of the week: Handle unexpected events

Did you know that Squish can monitor for various events and dialogs? The events can be handled, allowing scripts to continue where they left off.

For example, in a Windows application you may install an event handler to react to unexpected open message boxes using MessageBoxOpened. The example below demonstrates logging the handled event and closing the message box should the message box appear at any point in the executing script:

def handleMessageBox(messageBox):
    test.log("MessageBox opened: '%s' - '%s'" % (
        messageBox.windowText, messageBox.text))
    messageBox.close()

def main():
    startApplication("myapp")
    installEventHandler("MessageBoxOpened", 
                        "handleMessageBox")
    ...
Learn more about using event handlers

Squish tip of the week: Alter test scenario workflow to increase test effectiveness

Many times tests are implemented using a single approach to validate a desired result. Do users use the application the same way? Changes are high they don’t.

Consider enhancing your automated testing to incorporate altering workflows to validate the same end result.

Challenge:
  1. Come up with (minimum) 3 ways a test can confirm the same desired result
  2. Break each approach into a function
  3. Randomly call one of the three functions each time the test executes

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