Selecting a date with Webrat


#1

Hi,

I’m writing a scenario that needs to select date values from a form
created with Rails’ form_for() method, and I’m looking for a clean way
to do that by specifying only the label (in this case “Date”), rather
than by selecting from each select list one by one.

What I’d like to be able to write is:

When I select “2008-November-13” from “Date”

(or something similar), but this fails because the Date label doesn’t
really apply to the individual select_lists. If I write instead

When I select “2008” from “id_from_year_select_1i”

it works, but then I not only need to do that once for each select,
but I need to specify the id, which could change if my model changes.
The first problem could be gotten around by writing a new webrat step
(corresponding to, say, "When I select the date “2008-November-13”
from “Date”) but I would still need to specify the ids from each
select. Is there is a better way to do this?

Thanks,
Mike


#2

Mike S. wrote:

select. Is there is a better way to do this?

Thanks,
Mike


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Hey Mike,
What I have done in the past is used the following helper in my stories:

def selects_time(id_prefix, time)
selects time.year, :from => “#{id_prefix}_1i”
selects time.strftime(’%B’), :from => “#{id_prefix}_2i” # month name,
selects time.day, :from => “#{id_prefix}_3i”
selects time.hour.to_s.rjust(2,‘0’), :from => “#{id_prefix}_4i”
selects time.min.to_s.rjust(2,‘0’), :from => “#{id_prefix}_5i”
end

I would use Time.parse to convert the string from the scenario to feed
it into the helper. In my particular case the id prefix could be
inferred easily from th the step, but your case might be different.
That should hopefully get you started though.

-Ben


#3

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 1:14 PM, Ben M. removed_email_address@domain.invalid wrote:

(corresponding to, say, "When I select the date “2008-November-13”

Hey Mike,
What I have done in the past is used the following helper in my stories:

def selects_time(id_prefix, time)
selects time.year, :from => “#{id_prefix}_1i”
selects time.strftime(’%B’), :from => “#{id_prefix}_2i” # month name,
selects time.day, :from => “#{id_prefix}_3i”
selects time.hour.to_s.rjust(2,‘0’), :from => “#{id_prefix}_4i”
selects time.min.to_s.rjust(2,‘0’), :from => “#{id_prefix}_5i”
end

Somebody should wrap that up in a plugin! I’ve done that before too. I
can do it in March sometime, so if any of you can do it sooner, that’d
rock :slight_smile:


#4

It sure does. Thanks!


#5

On Thu, Nov 13, 2008 at 8:20 PM, David C. removed_email_address@domain.invalid
wrote:

What I’d like to be able to write is:
The first problem could be gotten around by writing a new webrat step

end

Somebody should wrap that up in a plugin! I’ve done that before too. I
can do it in March sometime, so if any of you can do it sooner, that’d
rock :slight_smile:

Or better yet - add it to webrat proper and ask Bryan to pull it.
(It’s rails specific, so it should only be in the rails part of
webrat).

Aslak


#6

aslak hellesoy wrote:

to do that by specifying only the label (in this case “Date”), rather

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selects time.day, :from => “#{id_prefix}_3i”
Or better yet - add it to webrat proper and ask Bryan to pull it.
(It’s rails specific, so it should only be in the rails part of
webrat).

Aslak

Good idea, guys! And yes, I can take a hint. :slight_smile: Here is what I was
able to get done tonight:

http://github.com/bmabey/webrat/commit/80d3eba59e386790ca67175e412317648c92191a

There are still some things I need to address and test more but the
functionality is mostly there.

I’ll report back if/when Bryan merges it into webrat and I’ll create a
step for it in cucumber’s webrat_steps.rb. You can also follow the
progress on webrat’s lighthouse:
http://webrat.lighthouseapp.com/projects/10503-webrat/tickets/36-add-selects_time-helper

-Ben