Please find the sample test suites in the subdirectories demo/carconfigWpf and demo/carconfigForms of the QF-Test installation directory.

Starting the application

The sample test suites use the dependency SUT_started in the package qfs.autowin.dependencies of the standard library to start the demo application.

The node

  • Execute shell command

actually starts the demo. The

waits for the demo application to appear before passing on control to the test case itself.

The demo test suite makes use of the dependency functionality which enables you to manage the set up and clean up requirements of your tests very efficiently. In short, in a test case the dependency functionality runs the setup node before passing control to the test case, thus making sure that the requirements implemented in the setup node are met before running the test case. At the end of the test case, the cleanup node is not executed by default. Only in the next test case it may be executed if required by the dependency of that test case, either because it calls a different dependency or the characteristic variables of the dependency have changed. For more information about dependencies please refer to the tutorial or the manual, chapter Dependency nodes.

For general information on the start of a native windows application please refer to subsection 50.1.1.

GUI element information

The next step after starting the SUT is to get an overview of the GUI elements of the application. In this example we will use the procedure qfs.autowin.helpers.dumpComponents. The output will be written to the QF-Test terminal.

In the following we will have a look at the output of dumpComponents() for some of the GUI elements of the WPF demo application.

Figure 50.2:  The WPF demo application
Window (1)
Name: CarConfiguratorNet WPF
ClassName: Window
ControlType: Window (#50032)

This shows a typical set of identifiers for the window itself. You can address it via its name, which seems to be unique.

Menu (2)
Name: Help
ClassName: MenuItem
ControlType: MenuItem (#50011)
AutomationId: mHelp

This GUI element has an AutomationId. Use this to identify the GUI element unambiguously. Of course, you may also use its name 'Help' or the ControlType (or ClassName) 'MenuItem' along with the index '4'.

Table cell (3)
Name: Rolo
ClassName: DataGridCell
ControlType: Custom (#50025)

The table cell can either be addressed by its name or by the ControlType along with the name. If you want to address the table cell via an index it would make sense to use the ClassName and not the ControlType as the same ControlType 'Custom' is used for non table cells as well. An AutomationId has not been implemented.

Input field (4)
ClassName: TextBox
ControlType: Edit (#50004)
AutomationId: textBoxDiscountPrice

The input field can be addressed via the AutomationId or the ControlType or ClassName along with the index 0.

Text display field (5)
Name: $ 12,300.00
ClassName: Text
ControlType: Text (#50020)
AutomationId: labelCalculatedPriceOutput

Use the AutomationId to identify the GUI element as the name varies according to the text displayed.

Please find general information in subsection 50.1.2.