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What Mac testing tool do you need?
      #602512 - 11/21/09 10:05 PM


I'm currently unemployed, but was doing QA & automation work on a Mac / Win file server type product. Now that I'm out of work I'm looking for a project to keep me busy. I have numerous ideas, but would like to hear what other folks out there might need before I get too wrapped up in one project.

So, are there any small Mac testing tools that you need? Ideally they wouldn't be too specialized, that is they should be of use to more than you personally. And I'm not asking for concepts for major projects, but something that one person can churn out in Cocoa / Objective-C in a few weeks. If it is file system or networking related that would be all the better since that is my area.

Let me know what you need, if I end up working on it the result will be posted as freeware (free to download for personal use, but not necessarily open source or free for commercial use). Thanks in advance for any suggestions.


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Re: What Mac testing tool do you need? [Re: MacQAGuy]
      #602665 - 11/23/09 10:05 AM

**what about Automator?**

Doesn't the Mac have a built in recording tool
Either AppleScript or Automator .... like a GUI based script tool or macro maker?? This is more of a question than an answer, but perhaps you can tell me from your experience whether my assumption is true that
"If Automator can read response/return_values then it could be used for some degree of automation." (?)

An Mac Fan reports:
"I love how even the AppleScript syntax is even friendly. Here is an example... (note comment syntax at top)"

$Id: play-itunes.scpt,v 1.1 2006/06/20 18:42:09 jmates Exp $

Starts iTunes playing. Assign keystroke to script for quick music playing.

-- TODO use process lookup instead, so don't have to have
-- real installed, or launch it to quit it!
(*tell application "RealPlayer"
end tell*)

tell application "iTunes"
play playlist "Party Shuffle"
end tell

tell application "System Events"
get properties
get every process

set visible of first process whose name is "iTunes" to true

if UI elements enabled then
tell process "iTunes"
tell menu bar 1
pick menu item "Show Current Song" of menu "File"
end tell
end tell
end if

end tell


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