Caught a lunchtime demo of Jakub Zak’s automated testing suite which uses Cucumber Selenium, and Sauce Labs to test mobile devices in the cloud over at the Infinity Works office yesterday.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but one of the things I most liked was a configuration file which mapped selectors for the UI elements to program code variables by using a YAML file. This helped to separate the element selectors from the code.

From memory, it looked something like:

main:
  loginButton: '#header > div > nth-child(3) > .button'

It’s better if all of your UI elements have easy-to-use ids and selectors, but I can imagine working on a legacy system that’s missing that, and using this idea to deal with the mess.

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