Book demo
Start trial
Book demo
Start trial

The LEAP

Automation insights and productivity tips from LEAPWORK.

All Posts

How to Use Iteration in Web Automation

A demonstration of how to iterate through found content with LEAPWORK's Selenium-based web automation capabilities.

While we're working our way towards our early access launch of Selenium support in LEAPWORK, I wanted to show off a couple of interesting details. But before I do, let me just preface it by saying that this post is aimed at testers who are familiar with HTML and CSS as well as some of the problems typically faced when working with Selenium.

The new "web" building blocks have been designed to look and feel just like the existing image and text recognition blocks to make you as productive as possible when dealing with Selenium. One similarity is the ability to "Use all occurrences", which is an implicit way of iterating or looping over found content.

In this short demonstration video, I load up the highly popular social networking site reddit.com, where users give articles and comments "karma points" by voting on them. I then find all articles with more than 40.000 karma points and get the title for each one.

 



As you can see, the whole thing took only a few minutes to make from scratch, using six building blocks. It shows how relatively easy it is to fluently navigate hierarchical structures in HTML pages without writing a single line of code.

Speaking of code, I also sat down and tried to write the same test in Selenium with C#. I enjoy writing code tremendously -- ask anyone who knows me -- but even for something as simple as this test case, it still took about 20 minutes to fiddle with XPath statements and doing a bunch of trial-and-error runs.

Here's what the code looks like:

ChromeDriver driver = new ChromeDriver();
driver.Navigate().GoToUrl("https://reddit.com/"); var scoreDivs = driver.FindElementsByCssSelector(".score.unvoted");
foreach (var scoreDiv in scoreDivs)
{
if (scoreDiv.Text.EndsWith("k"))
{
var score = Convert.ToDecimal(scoreDiv.Text.Substring(0, scoreDiv.Text.Length - 1), new CultureInfo("en-US"));
if (score > 40)
{
var postDiv = scoreDiv.FindElement(By.XPath("./../.."));
var titleDiv = postDiv.FindElement(By.XPath(".//a[contains(@class, 'title')]"));
var title = titleDiv.Text;
Console.WriteLine(score + "k: " + title);
}
}
}

 

driver.Close();
driver.Quit();

I think this demonstration is a nice preview of some of the upcoming things, but we've only just scratched the surface. We're right now working hard on improving the user experience of our Selenium support in LEAPWORK and optimizing performance to make it even easier and faster to use.


Dig deeper into web automation with the LEAPWORK guide on everything you need to know to automate web-based tests and processes.
The LEAPWORK Guide to Web Automation

Claus Topholt
Claus Topholt
CTO and co-founder of LEAPWORK.

Related Posts

Comparison: Selenium IDE vs. LEAPWORK

Selenium IDE is a great open source tool for HTML-savvy users who want record and playback automation of simple web applications, but isn’t suitable for enterprises and has very limited functionality. This post compares Selenium IDE with LEAPWORK enterprise web automation.

Comparison: LEAPWORK vs. Selenium Web Automation

Selenium is a great tool for professional programmers who want to automate web applications, but for users who don’t (want to) write code, there are better options. This post compares code-based Selenium with LEAPWORK web automation. Side-by-side video comparison included.

Test Automation Frameworks: Why They Fail

Test automation frameworks are basically recipes for how to build automated test cases. They include guidelines for testers on how they should do their job. The problem is, these frameworks don’t always work, as they tend to complicate test automation more than necessary.