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You don't have automate an entire website to gain a benefit from automation. Even for yourself, there are plenty of ways Katalon Studio can help you save time. One of the main goals of automation is to perform repetitive tasks and emulate the same functions you do on a daily basis. And on one of the best places to start is filling in forms.

Entering form data is by no means a difficult job, but it's tedious and after a couple of passes, you really don't care what you type as long as the field isn't blank. Plus, it can be a waste of time. If it takes 5 minutes to fill in a form accurately and wait for it to save, that's roughly 10 forms an hour. And that's an hour that can be invested in something more meaningful.

With some simple automation code, filling in the entire form can be reduced to 30 seconds. Plus, it will be filled out correctly each time with predictable data you can search for and confirm exists. So instead of spending 5 minutes for each form, it would be possible to create 10 contacts in 5 minutes, or 10 times the amount of work with 1/10th the effort. And that savings of nearly 45 minutes can be put toward other projects like training, self-study, or for improving the automation code itself.

Filling in form data is one of the easier tasks to accomplish with automation. In most cases, the objects will follow a similar naming pattern such as:

css=input[name="contact_email"]
//div[@id='add-Contact']/form/input[7]

It would be a matter of copy/paste to change the xpath to the correct name, or use a variable for multiple inputfield objects.

The same should be true for entering text:

WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object Location/inputfield-Contact-Contact Email'), 'user@domain.com')

After creating one SetText entry, copy/paste the rest, change the object and entered text and the job is done.

With a little bit of prep work, it would be possible to spend an hour or so and put together a script that will give a return on the time investment after the first couple of runs. And keep giving back time every time it's run.

Running the Test Case to create a new contact is something I run regularly. I can make dozens of entries while working on something else. That is a very big win in my opinion.

The core of the script could be some as simple as:

WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-First Name Last Name'), 'Bob Smith')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Role or Title'), 'Customer Title)
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Contact Phone'), '5552221112')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Contact Mobile'), '5553331113')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Contact Office'), '5554441114')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Contact Email'), 'user@domain')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Address Line'), '12 West Upper Court')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-City'), 'Tempe')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-State'), 'AZ')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Zip Code'), '85281')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Phone Number'), '3335551212')
WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Object/inputfield-Contact-Email Address'), 'user@domain.com')
WebUI.click(findTestObject('Object/btn-Contact-Save Button'))

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Create a Dynamic Object at Runtime

I'm not quite at the point to need to make an object outside of the Object Repository, but I've seen reference to it multiple times and wanted to put together a simple example because who knows when it might come up. There have been several comments about keeping the size of the Object Repository small so it's better to programmatically create a one-off object rather than commit it to the project.

Katalon Studio allows creating objects during runtime through the TestObject library.

import com.kms.katalon.core.testobject.TestObject as TestObject
import com.kms.katalon.core.testobject.ConditionType

The object is created by giving it a name and associating a property to it. In the very simple example below, "xpath" is set with the location of a tab on the page.

TestObject is created with the name "dynamicObject"

The "dynamicObject" is given an xpath value that equals the contents of the xpath String

Once the object has been created, it can then be clicked.

The main work is done through this command:

TestObject dynamicObject = new TestObject('dynamicObject').addProperty('xpath', ConditionType.EQUALS, xpath, true)

xpathOfObject="//a[contains(text(),'Contacts')]"
TestObject dynamicObject = new TestObject('dynamicObject').addProperty('xpath', ConditionType.EQUALS, xpathOfObject, true)

WebUI.click(dynamicObject)

There is one important thing to note, since this object is not part of the project Object Repository, the call to manipulate it is slightly different. Note there is no, findTestObject, or the path of the object as part of the command. If the object were part of the project, the command would look like this:

WebUI.click(findTestObject('Project/Customer Profile/Tabs/tab-Contacts'))

The same would be true if this object were passed to a Custom Keyword:

WebUiCommonHelper.findWebElement(objectReference,5)
vs

WebUiCommonHelper.findWebElement(findTestObject(objectReference,5))

Again, I don't know that I have a use case for this scenario, but others have brought it up, and Katalon fully supports it. A dynamic object is quite an easy thing to create and the only real change is how the object is referenced by telling Katalon not to look in the Object Repository, but "locally" if you will.

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Get the xpath of an object in the Object Repository using findPropertyValue(‘xpath’)

In order to write a Custom Keyword to sum any column within a table, I need to know the number of rows in that table. I already have a Custom Keyword to count objects using the WebDriver, but is it possible to use the same method without having to define and pass the xpath separately?

The answer is, yes, you can get the xpath of an object that exists in the Object Repository using:

findTestObject and findPropertyValue('xpath')

This property can be read and then passed to a Custom Keyword such as countRowsPerPage. The String will look like:
"//div[@id='byMonth']/div/table/tbody/tr" as though you defined it manually.

To get things started, I have an object in the Object Repository called, Home/table-ytd-totals, which accepts Row and Column as variables to locate the cell in a table. This object will be used as part of the Test Case and is defined as:

String katalonObject="Home/table-ytd-totals"

Using that reference, I want to create an Object variable so I can get the properties, in this case the xpath, for that table. Since this object is a table, I pass the parameters of Row and Column to make it complete definition.

myPredefinedObject = findTestObject(katalonObject, [('row') : 1, ('column') : 1])

I can now use findPropertyValue('xpath') to get the properties.

log.logWarning("xpath= " + myPredefinedObject.findPropertyValue('xpath'))

And there it is, the full path of whatever has been defined for my table. For my case, the property would be returned as:

//div[@id='byMonth']/div/table/tbody/tr[1]/td[1]

In order to correctly count the rows for my table, I need to remove the trailing TD references and only keep the TR portion. That can be done with a ReplaceAll.

xpath=myPredefinedObject.findPropertyValue('xpath').toString().replaceAll('tr\\[1\\]/td\\[1\\]','tr')
* Note the escape characters to remove the brackets \\[ and \\]

I now have:

//div[@id='byMonth']/div/table/tbody/tr

Which can be passed to my countRowsPerPage method as:

int rowsInTable=CustomKeywords.'tools.commonCode.countRowsPerPage'(xpath)

The rowsInTable variable is then used as the counter in the loop, so I can sum the column. This is passed as a parameter, along with the name of the table from the Object Repository and the column I wish to sum:

int siteColumnTotal=sumColumnTotal(katalonObject, 3, rowsInTable)

I might a little overly excited by this! I can define a single object in the Object Repository and not redefine the xpath each time I need to use the WebDriver. With this in place, I can sum the column of any table on the site. This will eliminate a lot of repetitive code and make maintenance a whole lot easier. No more one-off xpath references inside the code.

The whole code block looks like this:

//Define variables that reference the table objects
String katalonObject="Home/table-ytd-totals"
myPredefinedObject = findTestObject(katalonObject, [('row') : 1, ('column') : 1])
xpath=myPredefinedObject.findPropertyValue('xpath').toString().replaceAll('tr\\[1\\]/td\\[1\\]','tr')

//Count the number of Rows in the table, then sum the column
int rowsInTable=CustomKeywords.'tools.commonCode.countRowsPerPage'(xpath)
int siteColumnTotal=sumColumnTotal(katalonObject, 3, rowsInTable)


def sumColumnTotal(String objectName, int columnToSum, int tableRows){
    /* Sum the column of a table
     * @param objectName - The Object Repository reference to the table
     * @columnToSum - The column to perform the sum on
     * @tableRows - The number of rows in a table
     * @return - the sum of the column
     */
    KeywordLogger log = new KeywordLogger()
    int columnTotal=0
    log.logWarning('Rows in the table: ' + tableRows)
    for (int loop = 1; loop <=tableRows; loop++) {
        int tempText=WebUI.getText(findTestObject(objectName, [('row') : loop, ('column') : columnToSum])).replaceAll("[^0-9-]","").toInteger()
        if (tempText==''){
            tempText=0
        }
        log.logWarning('Value from the table: ' + tempText)
        columnTotal=columnTotal+tempText
    }
    log.logWarning('Total from the site is: ' + columnTotal)
    return columnTotal
}

sumColumnTotal on Github

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A Custom Keyword to Verify a List of Product Categories

We recently implemented a change to the site that displays a different list of product categories based on the division a user is associated with. For example, if a User1 is associated with Division1, they see List1. User2 in Division 2 sees List2. User1 can’t see List 2 and vice versa. Since it’s important this list is correct for the user, it seemed a worthwhile to set it up as a test.

While putting the code together, I noted a couple of things:

– The table name may be different, but the list is always in a table
– The list is always 10 items
– The product names are always in the same order
– The list appears in 5 different places

Based on that, I decided to set up the code as a Custom Keyword so I could check the list regardless of where it showed up. Once the test was on the right page, a single call would check the list and then proceed with other tasks.

The basic structure of the Keyword needed the following:

– Read the list of products from a List
– Determine what division the user is in
– Compare the “division list” to the list read from the page
– Mark the test in error if the list doesn’t match

In order to make this Keyword as dynamic as possible, the object name would be passed as a String. The division the user is in would also be passed as a String.

The Keyword would then determine the correct list, read the 10 items from the table it was passed, then compare the two categories.

For the code below, two parameters are accepted,  the division the user is associated with and the Object Repository name.

Two lists are created representing the ‘Categories’ the user should see.

A blank ‘categoryList’ is created that will take on the category values of the users division.

A loop is created to read the category from the table using the name of the Object Repository item, which has Row and Column as parameters set up since it’s a table.

If the first row of the table equals the first item in the List, the next item is read and compared.

If row and List item don’t match, write out an error. The test could also be marked as Failed.

Within the Test Case itself, a variable is assigned the name of the Object Repository item using:

String katalonObject="productCategoryTableName"

The Keyword is called by the following command where the Division is the first parameter and the OR Object is the second.

verifyProductCategory('List1', katalonObject)

def verifyProductCategory(String divisionName, objectName){
    /* Confirm the category is correct for the user division
     * @param divisionName - The division to check, should be List1 or List2
     * @return - does not return a value
     */
    KeywordLogger log = new KeywordLogger()
    List division1Categories=['','Pink Hearts', 'Yellow Moon', 'Orange Stars', 'Green Clovers', 'Blue Diamonds', 'Purple Horseshoes', 'Red Balloons', 'Green Trees', 'Rainbows', 'Blue Moons']
    List division2Categories=['','One Fish', 'Two Fish', 'Red Fish', 'Blue Fish', 'Black Fish', 'Clever Fish', 'Old Fish', New Fish', 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'Fox in Sox', 
    List categoryList=[]
    if (divisionName=='List1'){
        categoryList=division1Categories
    } else {
        categoryList=division2Categories
    }
    for (int loop = 1; loop <=10; loop++) {
        String tempText=WebUI.getText(findTestObject(objectName, [('row') : loop, ('column') : 1]))
        if (tempText!=categoryList[loop]){
            log.logError('ERROR: Category is incorrect. The category should be ' + categoryList[loop])
        }
        log.logWarning('Category: ' + tempText)
    }
}

verifyProductCategory on Github

  • It should also be noted that both Lists start with a null,”, so that the row number and List item number will match. This makes row[1] equal List[1]

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Setting up a repeatable Search Method in Katalon Studio

Another one of my project goals was to extend functionality within tests by allowing a single task to be repeated multiple times for different criteria. Search is a good example.

In the original incarnation, my search test would look for one item, confirm it was returned and that was the end. Getting a result back was good enough to say the functionality was working. But the actual search function could look for multiple criteria and I was only looking for one. Could that code be extended to be more dynamic without adding a slew of bloat? Yes it can.

For my scenario, I want to search for a item by the state it’s located in, by the city it’s located in, or by it’s numerical code. For example, I can locate Warehouse 13 by searching for it by Arizona, or by AZ or by 13. All 3 criteria can be handled in one method.

The code below gets the job done. First, it will search for the given criteria. It will then read the text of the returned result and determine if the search criteria is contained within that returned text.

As an example, if I search for “Tallahassee”, that word needs to be in the name of the Warehouse.

If I search for AZ, that needs to be listed in the location.

If I search for 333, that number needs to be in the Warehouse description.
Since I am searching for known commodities, if I don’t get my expected result back, something is wrong. There will always be a result for Tallahassee. There will always be a result for 333. And there will always be a result for AZ.

Since I know the outcome, I can pass my search string and my result as parameters to confirm those are the results. Anything else means something is wrong.

This hard coding could be reduced by using a file or sheet, but that’s for another iteration. This still produces 9 more search tests and is easy to manage. If these pass, I’m quite confident the search function is in a working state.

def searchForWarehouse(String warehouseSearchCriteria, String nameOfWarehouse){
    /* Enter a Warehouse and confirm the Warehouse exists
     * @param warehouseSearchCriteria, search criteria of the Warehouse to look for
     * @param nameOfWarehouse, the text that should be returned for Warehouse details
     * @return that the Warehouse was found, otherwise an error
     */
    KeywordLogger log = new KeywordLogger()
    //Enter search criteria
    WebUI.setText(findTestObject('Project/Search Warehouse/input-Search Warehouse'), warehouseSearchCriteria)
    WebUI.delay(2)
    //Confirm there are results
    int returnedResults=WebUI.getText(findTestObject('Project/Search Warehouse/text-Warehouse Search - Results Found')).replaceAll("[^0-9]","").toInteger()
    if (returnedResults==0) {
        log.logWarning('ERROR: No results were returned. No Warehouse matches the search criteria.')
        log.logWarning('ERROR: The Warehouse ' + warehouseSearchCriteria + ' is not valid')
    } else {
    //Does the Warehouse result contain the expected criteria?
        String WarehouseName=WebUI.getText(findTestObject('Project/Search Warehouse/link-Name of Returned Warehouse'))
        log.logWarning('Warehouse Name= ' + WarehouseName)
        if (WarehouseName.contains(nameOfWarehouse)==true){
            log.logWarning('SUCCESS: The expected Warehouse Name was returned')
        } else {
            log.logError('ERROR: The expected Warehouse Name was not returned')
            KeywordUtil.markFailed('ERROR: The expected Warehouse Name was not returned')
        }
    }
}


//Look for several Warehouse locations and verify results are returned
//Search by City Name
searchForWarehouse('ukiah', 'Project Warehouse #111 UKIAH, CA')
searchForWarehouse('tallahassee', 'Project Warehouse #222 TALLAHASSEE, FL')
searchForWarehouse('worcester', 'Project Warehouse #333 WORCESTER, MA')

//Search by Warehouse Number
searchForWarehouse('646', 'Project Warehouse #646 W MILWAUKEE, WI')
searchForWarehouse('997','Project Warehouse #997 BILOXI, MS')
searchForWarehouse('999','This Warehouse does not exist')

//Search by State
searchForWarehouse('NY','NY')
searchForWarehouse('AZ','AZ')
searchForWarehouse('TX','TX')

searchForWarehouse on Github

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