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what are solvents in selenium?

Punit Jain
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hello all,
i got some task to do in selenium, we are using selenium for gui testing, so i am trying to learn selenium, till now i learned few concept.
Selenium IDE: we use to test gui, but it is limited i mean we can't do programming, in this and all.
Selenium RC: selenium remote control we use to overcome the limitation of selenium IDE.
i get, how to write test cases.

But till now i don't know what are solvents and why we write them.
i searched but i didn't get any tutorial for solvents, we have written numbers of solvents and we are using them to write test cases, and i need to understand them, but i don't know anything about solvents.
can anyone please help me in this.

also please give some examples of solvents, so that i would be able to have better understanding.

Junilu Lacar

Joined: Feb 26, 2001
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Please QuoteYourSources (← click) - I have worked with Selenium and have never heard of "solvents" in this context. A search for "solvents" on turns up 0 zero results. Maybe this is something specific to your problem domain?

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Punit Jain
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yes, actually i have also search allot for this, but didn't found anything.
but recently came to know, that we used this term in our organization, we have created solvents for our product which uses java api and while writing test cases we use those solvents.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Sounds like an internal term and you can ask your teammates for help.

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Brien Coffield

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I came here thinking solvents would be an industry standard word, but it turns out that it must just be an internal term. A company I worked for used solvents to separate a test case from the DOM interaction.

As an example, let's assume your application has a common Wizard component that has an OK button. The test case might read like this:

public void testCreateObject() {
AppSolvent app = new AppSolvent();
WizardSolvent wiz = app.clickCreateNewObjectButton();

The WizardSolvent and AppSolvent would implement the methods that actually do the clicking and DOM interaction. That way the DOM can change and the test can remain the same; only the solvent would need to be updated.
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