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    Shared use of Window Declarations

    Say you have two or more people on a team writing automated test scripts for a web site. Do you recommend having all involved share the SAME window declarations? Or would it be wise to have each person record their own window declaration, then write their testcases based on those?

    The reason I ask is that it's hard enough to keep a window dec current and working for a web site that undergoes even the most minor of changes. I would think that by requiring people to share the same window dec may just be a little too much ccordination to ask of them.

    Any suggestions or thoughts?

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    Re: Shared use of Window Declarations

    Great, thanks for the input!

    Andrew


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    Re: Shared use of Window Declarations

    Yes they should share the same declaration in my opinion. Implement some kind of source code version control system (e.g. WinCVS/CVS, Source Safe, etc...)

    Having people attempt to use file sharing or maintaining their own copies is unproductive in the long run and prone to error.

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    Re: Shared use of Window Declarations

    agree with steve. it will also help to make sure your aut is installed in the same directory amongst all testing machines

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    Re: Shared use of Window Declarations

    Andrew,

    Ditto what everyone else said with this addendum. With the shared include file, you have a better chance as script portability as well. With individual include files that must follow the script everywhere it goes, this becomes increasingly difficult. Not only do I recommend a single include, I also recommend implementing automation coding standards to which QA developers are required to adhere.

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    Re: Shared use of Window Declarations

    Double dittos again. Your only chance of maintaining any consistency across machines is to have everyone using the same test frame. And the best way to implement that is using version control.

    You might also want to consider having one person designated as the primary window dec maintainer, with someone to back him/her up of course.

    Remember that SilkTest IS a development environment, so there's every reason to implement it as such. Would you want your developers all using their own main program and set of include files?

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    Re: Shared use of Window Declarations

    >Remember that SilkTest IS a development environment

    Woah! Right on Brother!!!

    I wish so much that more people understood this. Especially those in mgmt who wear ties and Oxford shoes. ;-)

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