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A story of one organisation taking an idea, formed by Antony Marcano and evolved by many, to solve some of the challenges that encountered with the growth of Selenium/WebDriver PageObjects in their Automated Tests. Talk co-presented with two of the people who have been a part of the journey – including Kostas Mamalis & Jan Molak.

A story of one organisation taking an idea, formed by Antony Marcano and evolved by many, to solve some of the challenges that encountered with the growth of Selenium/WebDriver PageObjects in their Automated Tests. Talk co-presented with two of the people who have been a part of the journey – including Kostas Mamalis & Jan Molak.

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A journey beyond the page object pattern

  1. 1. SCREENPLAY A Journey Beyond The PageObject Pattern Antony Marcano Jan Molak Kostas Mamalis
  2. 2. CONTACT • Kostas Mamalis @agiletestinguk kostas@masterthought.net • Antony Marcano @AntonyMarcano antony@riverglide.com • Jan Molak @JanMolak jan.molak@smartcodeltd.co.uk
  3. 3. CONTEXT
  4. 4. IN THE BEGINNING • Long established financial institution • Used Scrum with 2 week Sprints • Outsourced development to large consultancy • No automated acceptance tests (few unit tests)
  5. 5. ALONG THE JOURNEY • Realised that automated tests were essential • Wrote lots of Cucumber tests • Backed by Selenium/WebDriver • Used the PageObject Pattern
  6. 6. SELENIUM AND THE PAGE OBJECT PATTERN Illustrated with the Pet Clinic
  7. 7. TESTING THE PET CLINIC
  8. 8. WEBDRIVER EXAMPLE DesiredCapabilities capabilities = new DesiredCapabilities(); WebDriver driver = new PhantomJSDriver(desiredCapabilities()); driver.get(baseUrl+"owners/find.html"); driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("#search-owner-form button")).click(); assertThat( driver.findElements(By.cssSelector("owners tbody tr")).size(), is(10) );
  9. 9. FINDING ALL OWNERS - WEBDRIVER EXAMPLE DesiredCapabilities capabilities = new DesiredCapabilities(); WebDriver driver = new PhantomJSDriver(desiredCapabilities()); driver.get(baseUrl+"owners/find.html"); driver.findElement(By.cssSelector("#search-owner-form button")).click(); assertThat( driver.findElements(By.cssSelector("owners tbody tr")).size(), is(10) );
  10. 10. FINDING ALL OWNERS - PAGEOBJECT EXAMPLE DesiredCapabilities capabilities = new DesiredCapabilities(); WebDriver driver = new PhantomJSDriver(desiredCapabilities()); driver.get(baseUrl+"owners/find.html"); FindOwnersPage findOwners = PageFactory.initElements(driver, FindOwnersPage.class); OwnersPage owners = findOwners.findWith(EMPTY_SEARCH_TERMS); assertThat(owners.numberOfOwners(), is(10));
  11. 11. PROBLEMS AROSE • Large PageObject classes • Brittle test-code (less than raw Selenium) • Duplication across PageObjects for each of the ‘portals’
  12. 12. THEY TRIED THE FOLLOWING • Separate behaviour into Navigation Classes • Reduce duplication with inheritance Causing ... • Large Navigation classes • Deep inheritance hierarchy
  13. 13. EFFECTS ON THE TEAM • Took longer and longer to add new tests • Got harder to diagnose problems • Low trust in the ‘test framework’ and Cucumber • Reduced faith in automated testing • Impacted morale
  14. 14. WHAT WAS THE ANSWER?
  15. 15. Antony Marcano at first AAFTT in 2007
  16. 16. THE INSIGHT Roles ← Who ➥ Goals ← Why ➥ Tasks ← What ➥ Actions ← How Inspired by Kevin Lawrence’s talk at the first AAFTT in 2007 More of his thinking here: http://www.developertesting.com/archives/month200710/20071013-In%20Praise%20of %20Abstraction.html
  17. 17. 2008 - JNARRATE @Test public void should_be_able_to_edit_a_page() { Given.thatThe(wiki).wasAbleTo(beAtThe(PointWhereItHasBeen.JUST_INSTALLED)); And.thatThe(user).wasAbleTo(navigateToTheHomePage()); And.thatThe(user).wasAbleTo(navigateToTheHomePage()); When.the(user).attemptsTo( tas k changeTheContent().to("Welcome to Acceptance Test Driven Development") tas k ); Then.the(textOnTheScreen().ofThe(user)). tas k shouldBe("Welcome to Acceptance Test Driven Development"); } Playing with fluent APIs and started to explore the model of Tasks & Actions (although back then the labels I used more like Kevin’s labels).
  18. 18. 2009 - SCREENPLAY - A TASK public void perform() { you.need(To.doTheFollowing( // actions Click.onThe(OptionsMenu.EDIT_BUTTON), ClearTheContent.ofThe(Editor.CONTENT_PANEL), Type.theText(newContent). intoThe(Editor.CONTENT_PANEL), Click.onThe(Editor.SAVE_BUTTON) )); }
  19. 19. 2012 - THE JOURNEY PATTERN Actor performs Tasks has Abilities composed of enable Actions interact with Screen contains Elements
  20. 20. JOURNEY PATTERN APPLIED JUNIT Roles ➥ Goals ➥ Tasks ← Who ← Why ← What ➥ Actions ← How Actor theReceptionist = new Actor().with(WebBrowsing.ability()); @Test public void should_find_all_owners_by_default theReceptionist.attemptsTo( Go.to(findOwnersScreen.url()), Search.forOwnersWith(EMPTY_SEARCH_TERMS), Count.theNumberOfOwners() ); Enter.the(searchTerms). into(findOwnersScreen.searchTerms), Click.onThe(findOwnersScreen.searchButton)
  21. 21. JOURNEY PATTERN APPLIED CUCUMBER Roles ← Who As a Pet Clinic Receptionist ➥ Goals ← Why Scenario: Find all owners by default ← What When I search for owners with BLANK search terms @When (“^I search for owners with BLANK search terms$”) ➥ Tasks theReceptionist.attemptsTo( Search.forOwnersWith(EMPTY_SEARCH_TERMS) ); ➥ Actions ← How Enter.the(searchTerms). into(findOwnersScreen.searchTerms),
  22. 22. PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER Actor theReceptionist = new Actor().with(WebBrowsing.ability()); theReceptionist.attemptsTo( Go.to(findOwnersScreen.url()), Search.forOwnersWith(EMPTY_SEARCH_TERMS), Count.theNumberOfOwners() ); assertThat( theReceptionist.sawThatThe(numberOfOwners()), was(theExpectedNumberOfOwners) );
  23. 23. A TASK … private static String searchTerms; @Override public void performAs(Actor asAReceptionist) { asAReceptionist.attemptTo( Enter.the(searchTerms).into(findOwnersScreen.searchTerms), Click.onThe(findOwnersScreen.searchButton) ); } public SearchForOwnersWith(String searchTerms) { this.searchTerms = searchTerms; } …
  24. 24. A SCREEN @Url("owners/find.html") public class FindOwnersScreen extends WebScreen { @LocateBy(css="#search-owner-form input") public ScreenElement searchTerms; @LocateBy(css="#search-owner-form button") public ScreenElement searchButton; }
  25. 25. AN ACTION public class Enter extends WebDriverInteraction implements Perform { private String text; private ScreenElement field; public void performAs(Actor actor) { web(actor).findElement(field.locator()).sendKeys(text); } public Enter(String text) { this.text = text; } public static Enter the(String text) {return new Enter(text);} public Perform into(ScreenElement field) { this.field = field; return this; } }
  26. 26. PROBLEMS SOLVED • Smaller “Screen” classes • Small, focused “Task” classes • Readable code • Consistent metaphor • Minimal inheritance • Removed need for duplication across behaviours previously in PageObjects or “Navigation” classes
  27. 27. DESIGN PRINCIPLES • DRY - navigational steps in one place • Separation of Concerns - Page Structure and Actions separate • Small Classes - easy to comprehend • Single Responsibility - classes focused on one thing and one thing only • Minimise conditional logic - navigational if-thens replaced with composable sequences
  28. 28. SCREENPLAY REVIVED Under development for everyone to use Watch This Space!
  29. 29. CONTACT • Kostas Mamalis @agiletestinguk kostas@masterthought.net • Antony Marcano @AntonyMarcano antony@riverglide.com • Jan Molak @JanMolak jan.molak@smartcodeltd.co.uk
  30. 30. THANK YOU!

Editor's Notes

  • New requirement for automated testing -> tests focused on UI -> inverted test pyramid
  • 1. Let’s refresh our memory what the Page Object pattern is all about
    2. AUDIENCE: Can we have a show of hands; how many of you work with Selenium? Webdriver? Selenium IDE? 
    3. OK, so let's see how functional testing of the UI can be addressed using an example of a serious, financial application ...
  • Because of confidentiality reasons we can't present our client's applications, but I believe that even a much simpler project will be enough to demonstrate the limitations of two common approaches to UI testing.
    I'll leave re-scaling the problem to the size of your typical projects to your imagination.
  • Let's talk about testing the PetClinic, a sample Spring application that demonstrates the basic of using the Spring framework.
  • We have some people with WebDriver experience here. So guys, what is this test trying to prove?
  • So the scenario we have here: a PetClinic Receptionist wants to use the default behaviour of the Search form, which allows them to see all the data stored in the database if no search terms are specified.
    Now, how clear is this scenario based on this code?It’s difficult to tell what the test is trying to prove with all the css selector noise
  • PageObjects introduce a basic abstraction that encapsulates page elements and actions that can be performed on a given page in a PageObject;
    Actions return other PageObjects -> maintenance overhead should the flow change
    They might encourage code duplication -> what if you can log in on different pages?
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