Accessing URL links inside of Tables

Hello:

This is my first post in this forum.

I am a member of a QA/testing team for a software company in NYC. We
have decided recently to begin the development of scripting tools to
automate repetitive tasks used during our testing cycles. We have
decided to use Ruby. Although we have admired Ruby from afar for some
time now we have yet to actually make use of it.

So far we are coding simple scripts to create user accounts for testing;
this activity always absorbs incredible amounts of time and interrupts
our testing procedures, hence the need for automation.

What we have created in Ruby the last few days has been very exciting
and it convinces us of the power and beauty of this language.

Working remotely from home today on this project I have been attempting
to access the backend Admin controls for the company/site, that is, I’m
developing a script to automate this process in order for “users” to be
created for our upcoming testing cycle purposes.

This process is straight-foward: logging in via a two-step process to
ensure security. The script is simple and works up unto the point that
I must actually select a link to continue further (after log-in).

The following code is an anonymous version of the actual code I am using
(real links, passwords, etc altered:

1 require ‘watir’
2 ie = Watir::IE.new
3 ie.maximize
4 ie.goto('https://main2.site.org/dev/code.asp)

#ie warning page bypass
5 ie.link(:text, “Continue to this website (not recommended).”).click

#remote login set
6 ie.text_field(:name, “who”).set(“tom”)
7 ie.text_field(:name, “who1”).set(“smith”)
8 ie.text_field(:name, “what1”).set(“main site”)
9 ie.text_field(:name, “when1”).set(“today”)
10 ie.button(:value, “go”).click

#primary login set
11 ie.text_field(:name, “nickname”).set(“bluejay”)
12 ie.text_field(:name, “password”).set(“password1”)
13 ie.button(:value, “Login”).click

#select link to continue to User account creation
14 ie.link(:text, ‘OA Management’).click


Line 14 of the above code is where I am stuck; I have tried many
variations of activating the link (‘OA Management’ being the string
available in the code I’m referencing). I have researched the different
methods all day but with no results.

The following snippet is source code indicating the link(last


  • line):

    Manage Registration  
    • OA Management

    • Thank-you in advance for any help or hints.

      Regards,
      Matty D.

  • -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    Datum: Sun, 25 May 2008 06:20:48 +0900
    Von: Matty D. [email protected]
    An: [email protected]
    Betreff: Accessing URL links inside of Tables

    So far we are coding simple scripts to create user accounts for testing;

    3 ie.maximize
    10 ie.button(:value, “go”).click
    Line 14 of the above code is where I am stuck; I have tried many
    variations of activating the link (‘OA Management’ being the string
    available in the code I’m referencing). I have researched the different
    methods all day but with no results.

    Hello Matty,

    unfortunately, I can’t help you with Watir, as it’s Windows-specific,
    but have you looked at —

    Mechanize ttp://mechanize.rubyforge.org/mechanize/
    Rubyful Soup Rubyful Soup: "The brush has got entangled in it!"

    or, for Windows-software button-clicking :

    AutoIT (that’s not Ruby, but nice anyway)

    Best regards,

    Axel

    Axel E. wrote:

    -------- Original-Nachricht --------

    Datum: Sun, 25 May 2008 06:20:48 +0900
    Von: Matty D. [email protected]
    An: [email protected]
    Betreff: Accessing URL links inside of Tables

    So far we are coding simple scripts to create user accounts for testing;

    3 ie.maximize
    10 ie.button(:value, “go”).click
    Line 14 of the above code is where I am stuck; I have tried many
    variations of activating the link (‘OA Management’ being the string
    available in the code I’m referencing). I have researched the different
    methods all day but with no results.

    Hello Matty,

    unfortunately, I can’t help you with Watir, as it’s Windows-specific,
    but have you looked at —

    Mechanize ttp://mechanize.rubyforge.org/mechanize/
    Rubyful Soup Rubyful Soup: "The brush has got entangled in it!"

    or, for Windows-software button-clicking :

    AutoIT (that’s not Ruby, but nice anyway)
    AutoIt Scripting Language - AutoIt

    Best regards,

    Axel

    Axel:

    Thank-you very much for your reply and suggestions.

    Regards,
    Matty