Oct 5, 2014
Galen and SauceLabs. Testing how your websites look on mobile devices

Quite often I am asked the same question: "how do I run Galen in "SauceLabs?". Finally I got some time to write a complete tutorial. SauceLabs is a great service allowing you to easily test on various platforms and browsers including Android, iOS, Window 8.1 etc. I was surprised how easy it was for me to just reconfigure my Galen tests and point them to the SauceLabs Selenium Grid. Well, maybe not that easy, as there some little tricks and that is why I am writting this tutorial.

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Aug 17, 2014
Writing Galen tests with Javascript

In version 1.0 a major change was introduced to execution and reporting system in Galen Framework. From now on it is possible to write and manage all your tests in Javascript. So what would be the difference compared to the original basic runner? What has changed is that you don’t need *.test files anymore. Instead you define your tests in javascript files with *.test.js suffix. Javascript gives you freedom to construct your own way of definining tests. Lets take a look at the simplest test:

test("Home page test", function () { // this is the body of the test // Instantiating the WebDriver, loading the page and changing the size of the browser window var driver = createDriver("", "1024x768"); // Checking layout on the page checkLayout(driver, "specs/homepage.spec", "desktop"); // Quiting the browser driver.quit(); });
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Apr 30, 2014
Testing internationalization on the website with Galen Framework

There is one more thing that is possible to test with Galen Framework except layout. Since version 0.10.1 Galen Framework introduced a convenient way to test internatiolization. According to Galen official documentation you can test text for specific items on page. But what to do if there are multiple languages on the website and you want to test all of them? Here is a solution.

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Jan 14, 2014
Testing colors on your website with Galen Framework

In previous articles I have been writing about layout testing in Galen Framework but there is also one field left unexplored – color testing. As of version 0.7.2 Galen Framework has a so called "color scheme" spec which allows you to check the color distribution for a specific element on page. Why would you need this? For example lets say you have a special form and by requirements you have to make it grayed-out for unregistered users. How would you check that with automated tests? With Galen Framework now you can do it by taking a screenshot and then checking color distribution on the form. Of course it is still far away from ideal visual verification but at least it is better than just verifying the CSS classes on the elements. Also for the moment this works best only in Firefox as there are some issues with taking scheenshots in Chrome and IE.

If you have version older than 0.7.2 please download the latest version of Galen Framework here
Lets see how we could use this spec...

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Jan 8, 2014
Configuring Galen Framework for Windows

I have received a complain that Galen Framework is not very suitable for Windows so I had to introduce a simple batch file galen.bat. Also with this article I decided to make a complete guide for configuring Galen Framework for Windows 7 and for Windows XP. So if you are using Windows operating system and you have troubles with configuring Galen Framework please read this article

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Jan 7, 2014
Layout testing for responsive websites with Selenium. Doing it properly

Automated layout testing for website was always a question if it is at all possible. When Selenium rose in its popularity a lot of people tried to approach it for layout testing but more and more were stating that Selenium is not the right tool for it. Well, I still think it is the best tool ever for layout testing. And thats what I tried to prove with Galen Framework. In my mind the best way to test layout is by checking each individual element on page relatively to another elements. Selenium WebDriver offers functionality for getting location and dimension of element and it is doing this quite good in all browsers. Galen Framework allows you to express you expectations towards website layout and then uses Selenium to retrieve information about page elements. Lets see how to get the best coverage for layout testing.

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Dec 26, 2013
GalenJs. Unleash the power of javascript in Galen Framework

In my previous posts I wrote about layout testing in Galen Framework. But what if we need to perform some actions on the browser to get to some specific page? For instance lets say we have to test a blog website. And to do it properly we should come up with a realiable automation so we need to post an article on the website so we can later open it and check the layout. To perform all these complex actions Galen Framework provides an action called run. It is used in order to invoke a javascript where you can take over the WebDriver and perform some actions on the page like clicking, typing text and basically anything that WebDriver allows.

For the demo purpose lets use this page
What we need to do is to log in using the form on the page. Lets start writting a basic test. First of all we need to download the latest galenjs.js file. You can get it from GitHub repository. Just put this file in your test project folder. Now lets create a login.js file.

// Include the GalenJs library load("galenjs.js"); // Create a GalenJs instance from driver var $ = GalenJs.create(driver); // Create a login page object var loginPage = $.page({ email: "#login", password: "#password", submit: ".login-form a.button" }); // Perform login flow"testuser"); loginPage.password.typeText("P@ssw0rd");;

That’s it. Now we can execute this script in our test suite. Lets create a file my.test

User profile test 1024x768 run login.js

Now you can run it with this command:

galen test my.test --htmlreport reports

So this is the basic stuff that you can do with GalenJs. As you see it is quite usefull since it allows to write a better code in javascript with minimal effort. And what is more important it allows you to get to any resource on your website so you can also test its layout with Galen Framework.

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Dec 20, 2013
Cross-browser layout testing with Galen Framework

In the previous post TDD for Responsive Design I have introduced you the Galen Framework - the tool which is very useful when it comes to automating layout testing for responsive website. In this post I would like to show you how to use Galen Framework for testing cross-browser compatibility. We all know when it comes to a website development it is a hell to support it in different browsers. With every little change on the website there is always a chance of breaking the layout in some other browser. And the sooner you find it – the better. Lets see how to automate that using Galen Framework together with Selenium Grid.

Posted in Web, Automation, Galen, Selenium
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Dec 18, 2013
Galen Framework Introduction - Basic layout testing for responsive web page
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Nov 16, 2013
TDD for Responsive Design. Or how to automate testing of website layout for different devices

Actually its quite hard to tell what Galen Framework is. It all began with the need for testing website on different browsers. I had to check whether my website is acting weird in IE, Chrome, Firefox, Opera etc. Then the Responsive Design trend came in and now suddenly I get more work. I have to stretch my browser to check if the layout is broken or not for mobile and tablet versions. And even having WebDriver and Selenium Grid at that time did not really help to solve my problem with testing. One of the ideas I tried to implement was like this: tests were making screenshots of the same page in different browsers and then later these screenshots were added to one big report. Later one of the QA engineers had to quickly go through the report and look for something suspicious. This idea didn’t live for a long time. At some point we had to throw it away. Especially it became useless when Responsive Design kicked in. I needed a special tool that would allow me to express how I see my website on different devices so later I could use it as a document as well as executable test. Thats how I came up with Galen Framework. The idea was quite simple – just take a location and dimensions of element and verify it relatively to other elements on page.

In short – Galen Framework is a special language and a tool for testing website layout in a real browser. Or even more short – Galen Framework allows to test Responsive Design and Cross-Browser Html Layout.

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