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tclwebtest is a tool to write automated tests for web
applications. It provides a simple API for issuing http requests,
dealing with the result and assume specific response values, while
taking care of the details such as redirects and cookies.
It has some basic html parsing functionality, to provide access to
elements of the result html page that are needed for testing
(mainly links and forms).
A typical test script looks like this:
set SERVER "testserver"
assert text "some text"
link follow "login"
field fill "testuser"
field fill "testpassword"
assert text "you are logged in as testuser"
This script can be saved in a file, e.g.
and executed with
./tclwebtest login.test. The script
itself is tcl, so you can do powerful things with only a few
tclwebtest tries to minimize the effort to write tests by
implicitely assuming specific conditions whenever it makes
sense. For example it always expects the server to return http
codes other than 404 or 500, unless otherwise specified.
The assertion procedures are targeted at test writers who want to
make sure the behaviour of their web applications stays the same,
without caring for style or minor wording changes. In the example
above, it is just assumed that there is a link with the text
"login" on the first page, that clicking on it results in a page
with at least one form with at least two text-entry fields on it,
and that submitting the form with the specified values results in
a page that contains the "logged in" text.
tclwebtest should be suitable for testing larger chains of user
interaction on a web application, for example a full ecommerce
ordering session. tclwebtest could visit an ecommerce site as
anonymous user, add some products to its shopping cart, check out
the cart, register itself as user and enter a test address
etc. The test script could also include the administration part of
the interaction, by explicitely logging in as site admin,
reviewing and processing the order, nuking the test user etc.
Remarks, suggestions and help is highly welcome.
Last modified: Mon May 26 20:46:56 CEST 2003