Dreamteam: Selenium WebDriver and FitNesse

This year’s fantastic Hackathon at immobilenscout24.de in Berlin, offered me a productive environment (Club-Mate, pizza and really nice talks to really smart people) to dive deeper in the wiring of Selenium and FitNesse. And here we go:

Read this article to find an overview of testing-frameworks and their use for acceptance testing.
Read Specification by Example, as FitNesse is a cool tool for that approach.
Read my guide to setup Selenium.
Read my guide to setup FitNesse.

My primary goal, that I want to accomplish with any acceptance-test-framework: I want the non-programmers (managers, product owner, …) to understand which tests are implemented for their web-application yet – and which tests are still missing. I want to be sure, that the tests I (as a test-automater) have in my mind, really meet the requirements. The responsibles for the business-logic of a web-application should be able to check that at a glance. Additionally I like to give them a tool to easily change/enhance the test-data and simply push a test-button to get immediate feedback from their web-application (or its staging page). And yes, I’m really talking about automated functional tests with Selenium WebDriver.

I’m presenting a really simple example to just show one possible wiring between Selenium and Fitnesse (without using Page Object-Pattern and just running Selenium locally).
In the specification we have everything lovely included: descriptive text, nice pictures/drafts of your feature and you have a button that executes the specifiation of that feature = the feature-test:


This pretty specification was created with that piece of code:

!*< &#91;configurations&#93;
!define TEST_SYSTEM {slim} 
!path C:\Users\IT Kosmopolit\Dropbox\IT Kosmopolit\Blogging\Fitnesse
!path C:\Users\IT Kosmopolit\Dropbox\IT Kosmopolit\Blogging\Fitnesse\selenium-server-2.28.0\selenium-2.28.0\selenium-server-standalone-2.28.0.jar


Test if the page title is displayed correct (case-sensitive), after search for "Cheese!"

!img http://www.public-domain-image.com/cache/food-and-drink-public-domain-images-pictures/cheese-public-domain-images-pictures/port-salut-cheese_w128.jpg

|Test Google page title|

With !*< &#91;configurations&#93; I start an <a href="http://fitnesse.org/FitNesse.UserGuide.QuickReferenceGuide#LineBlockFORMATTING">invisible block</a>.
With <code>!define TEST_SYSTEM</code> I select <a href="http://fitnesse.org/FitNesse.UserGuide.SliM">the engine</a>.
With <code>!path</code> I define a classpath.
<code> |import| </code> works like an <a href="http://www.leepoint.net/notes-java/language/10basics/import.html">import statement</a>
Simple text doesn't need any mark-up - just write it down.
<code>!img</code> brings us an image to the wiki-page.  
And with <code>|something|</code> you start a table. 

To dive deeper into the subject: In the <a href="http://www.fitnesse.org/FitNesse.UserGuide.TwoMinuteExample">TwoMinuteExample</a> you find general information about the decision table, a main concept in FitNesse. In the <a href="http://www.fitnesse.org/FitNesse.UserGuide.MarkupLanguageReference">MarkupLanguagReference</a> you find more information about the markup I've used in the wiki-page:

If you like to have this nice specification on your computer, too:
1.) execute "localhost" in the address-bar (be sure to have set up <a href="http://itkosmopolit.wordpress.com/2013/01/17/installing-fitnesse-on-windows/">FitNesse on your computer</a>)
2.) push the Add-button
3.) select Test page
4.) write GoogleBasicTest for the Page name
5.) delete the default in the code box (<code>!contents -R2 -g -p -f -h</code>)
6.) copy&paste the above code in the code box
7.) click save

You can find your page under: http://localhost/GoogleBasicTest now.
Note: Be sure to name your future wiki-pages as <a href="http://www.fitnesse.org/FitNesse.UserGuide.WikiWord">WikiWords</a>.

Now you have a cool specification, but it's not doing anything valuable, if you push the Test-button. FitNesse uses so-called fixtures to wire a wiki-page with the Application Under Test. I appreciate the decision table as a plain, clear, noise-less way of defining all the scenarios of a feature (*waving at Gherkin*) - so find the appropriate description <a href="http://fitnesse.org/FitNesse.UserGuide.SliM.DecisionTable">here</a>. Note: Every row in the decision table represents one scenario.

Go to the folder in which your fitnesse-standalone.jar resides. Create there the folder-structure: de\itkosmopolit\fixtures, open an editor, copy&paste the following code in it and save it with the name TestGooglePageTitle.java (compare this name with the title of our decision table!)

package de.itkosmopolit.fixtures;

import org.openqa.selenium.By;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebDriver;
import org.openqa.selenium.WebElement;
import org.openqa.selenium.firefox.FirefoxDriver;
import java.util.List;

public class TestGooglePageTitle {
  private String text;
  private String pageTitle;
  public void table(List<List<String>> table) throws InterruptedException{
		// Create a new instance of the html unit driver
        // Notice that the remainder of the code relies on the interface, 
        // not the implementation.
        WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();

        // And now use this to visit Google

        // Find the text input element by its name
        WebElement element = driver.findElement(By.name("q"));

        // Enter something to search for

        // Now submit the form. WebDriver will find the form for us from the element

        // Check the title of the page
        pageTitle = driver.getTitle();
  public void setTextInTitle(String text) {this.text = text;}
  public String isTitleCorrect() { 
		if (pageTitle.contains(text)) return "yes"; 
		else return "no";

1.) Putting the Selenium code in the table-method feels a bit … hack-y, but … it works.
2.) Because of black magic, you need a Thread.sleep() – otherwise while executing you’d get the wrong(!) error-message: „Testing was interupted and results are incomplete.“

Then compile it, e.g. with your Command Prompt: (being in the folder where fitnesse-standalone.jar resides) javac -classpath "pathToSeleniumJAR\selenium-server-standalone-x.y.z.jar" de\itkosmopolit\fixtures\TestGooglePageTitle.java

And after pushing the test button you find this result:


The results are beautiful and I’m quite confident, that Selenium WebDriver & FitNesse are becoming a new dreamteam in the future. Anyhow consider, that I haven’t seen this aproach running on large projects yet – there may be some challenges …