Operationalization of a solution to automate web
forms insertions in the Office for Quality
Assessment of the Sport Scienc...
Agenda
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Why this project
Approach adopted for development
Components used
Examples
Results
Conclusions
Why this project?
• Lack of resources and the need of inserting
data in web forms of A3ES for all the teachers
and curricu...
Why this project?
• Solution develop with support and positive
feedback of top management of ESDRM;
• The head of the Offi...
Approach adopted
• No money to buy a solution leaded to the
adoption of open source solution and the
exclusion of other op...
Methods
• The solution was develop using Selenium as
an interface to Firefox Web Browser;
• Database adopted for warehousi...
Browser Automation
• The automation was implemented using
several Firefox plug-ins as interface to the
application develop...
Browser Automation
• Additionally were installed third part plug-ins to
facilitate the web pages analysis;
• The automatio...
Selenium components
• IDE interface for saving macros and testing the
initial interaction.
• IDE gives a ground base and f...
Selenium IDE
• The comands for automating have two basic
elements: command and target;
• Basic commands: open url; type;
v...
WebDriver
• Simulate access to the browser as an end user;
• The development enviroment used:
• Programming IDE: IDEA Inte...
WebDriver main class
WebDriver sample code
Webdriver database access
Results
• Reduction of 90% of the estimated times for
inserting manually the data;
• 19 hours to inserting data non stop, ...
Conclusions
• Web browser automation solutions can help
reducing time in repetitive tasks by human
resources;
• Can be use...
References
• Selenium Project. (2012). Selenium Documentation.
Retrieved from
http://seleniumhq.org/docs/book/Selenium_Doc...
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Operationalization of a solution to automate web forms insertions in the Office for Quality Assessment of the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior

  1. 1. Operationalization of a solution to automate web forms insertions in the Office for Quality Assessment of the Sport Sciences School of Rio Maior Pedro Sobreiro, Teresa Bento & Rita Santos-Rocha @ESDRM Santarém, 06-02-2014
  2. 2. Agenda • • • • • • Why this project Approach adopted for development Components used Examples Results Conclusions
  3. 3. Why this project? • Lack of resources and the need of inserting data in web forms of A3ES for all the teachers and curricular units of the ESDRM; • Lack of time to insert and rigid time stamp to develop the tasks; • Repetitive human tasks and prone to human errors; • Information related to curricular units and teachers already inserted in databases; A3ES - Agência de avaliação e acreditação do ensino superior
  4. 4. Why this project? • Solution develop with support and positive feedback of top management of ESDRM; • The head of the Office for Quality Assessment give the conditions for the solution development and supported the initiative; • The internal support and confidence was fundamental for the development of the solution and for commitment to get work done;
  5. 5. Approach adopted • No money to buy a solution leaded to the adoption of open source solution and the exclusion of other options; • Initially was tested iMacros, a free solution for basic features, but with the development of the project was needed additional features; • Selenium as open source became the only option to develop the solution to automate;
  6. 6. Methods • The solution was develop using Selenium as an interface to Firefox Web Browser; • Database adopted for warehousing the data was H2 (Hibernate) interfaced using the driver manager jdbc on the client side; • The plug-ins used were: (1) selenium IDE 1.9.0; (2) selenium IDE: Java Formatters 1.9.0;
  7. 7. Browser Automation • The automation was implemented using several Firefox plug-ins as interface to the application developed in Java: • Selenium plug-ins: Selenium IDE 1.9.0 and Selenium IDE Java Formatters;
  8. 8. Browser Automation • Additionally were installed third part plug-ins to facilitate the web pages analysis; • The automation of the interaction was supported with a mixed identification, using TAGS and ID’s; • Firebug was used for monitoring in real time the web page elements; • Firepath for editing XPATH and CSS3 expressions, facilitating the tests with web page elements;
  9. 9. Selenium components • IDE interface for saving macros and testing the initial interaction. • IDE gives a ground base and facilitates the development of the application to interact with the web form; • Webdriver gives access to the web browser as remote control, and permits “driving” the browser;
  10. 10. Selenium IDE • The comands for automating have two basic elements: command and target; • Basic commands: open url; type; verifyElementPresent; click; clickAndWait; @driver.get(@base_url + "/si/iportal.php/auth/login/lang/pt/") @driver.find_element(:id, "portal_username").clear @driver.find_element(:id, "portal_username").send_keys "username" @driver.find_element(:id, "portal_password").clear @driver.find_element(:id, "portal_password").send_keys "password" @driver.find_element(:id, "ext-gen23").click # Terminou a autenticação @driver.find_element(:id, "ext-gen531").click @driver.find_element(:xpath, "//ul[@id='ext-gen571']/div/li[3]/div/img").click
  11. 11. WebDriver • Simulate access to the browser as an end user; • The development enviroment used: • Programming IDE: IDEA Intellij • JUnit to drive the tests and asserts during the tests; • Selenium WebDriver;
  12. 12. WebDriver main class
  13. 13. WebDriver sample code
  14. 14. Webdriver database access
  15. 15. Results • Reduction of 90% of the estimated times for inserting manually the data; • 19 hours to inserting data non stop, reduced to 90 minutes – was assumed times for waiting for browser availability before sending data; • Reduction of error due to the elimination of human insertions;
  16. 16. Conclusions • Web browser automation solutions can help reducing time in repetitive tasks by human resources; • Can be used automating other manual insertions to web browsers; • Reduce handovers and non value tasks, releasing human resources to other areas;
  17. 17. References • Selenium Project. (2012). Selenium Documentation. Retrieved from http://seleniumhq.org/docs/book/Selenium_Documentatio n.pdf • Burns, D. (2012). Selenium 2 Testing Tools Beginners Guide : Learn to use Selenium testing tools from scratch. Birmingham; Mumbai: Packt Publisihing Ltd • Gundecha, U. (2012). Selenium Testing Tools Cookbook. Birmingham: Packt Pub. • Niemeyer, P. (2005). Learning Java (3rd ed.). Sebastopol, CA: O’Reilly. • Bauer, C., & King, G. (2006). Java Persistence with Hibernate (Revised.). Manning Publications.

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