Adding custom commands to Selenium

In the previous Selenium posts we saw how to use the selenium IDE for testing web pages. In this post we will see how to extend the Selenium IDE by adding our own custom commands.

Selenium IDE offers many useful commands (often called Selenese) for testing purposes. You use this sequence of commands to create various tests. But many times these commands are not sufficient and you need to add your own custom commands. For example a reader recently requested on how to input unique email ids for testing. Of course you can easily do this using the Selenium RC server and a language like PHP or Java. But we want to accomplish this in the IDE itself.
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Running Selenium TestRunner slowly

By default Selenium TestRunner executes the test blindingly fast. You can however slow down the execution by using the speed controller slider in the right pane, which adds a maximum delay of 1 second after every command execution. But you have to do that manually for every test, and the maximum delay you get is 1 second. You can however increase the delay and also set the default delay rate by editing the selenium-testrunner.js file.
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Selenium IDE Tutorial – Part 1

Selenium IDE is an integrated development environment for performing Selenium tests.  Selenium tests can be written as HTML tables or coded in various languages like C#, PHP, Perl, Python and can be run directly in most modern browsers.The IDE can help you to record, edit and debug tests. Currently the IDE is only available for Firefox (as if we developers will use any other) as a addon.

Here is a possible scenario for using Selenium. Imagine you have created a HTML form with about twenty fields and you have to repeatedly test the form. Filling the form every time can quickly become tedious. With Selenium you can automate the whole process and run the test as required. In this part we will see how to create a simple test in Selenium. So let’s get started.
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