Scott Hanselman

WatirMaker Version 0.01 Source

August 03, 2005 Comment on this post [10] Posted in ASP.NET | Ruby | Watir | DasBlog
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Well, a few kind people offered to help test, but no one stepped up to help me fully develop WatirMaker. I'm a little surprised and slightly bummed, actually, as I thought this was an ideavirus that would generate enough enthusiasm that I could put together a team (maybe a half-dozen) and start up a SourceForce project. I'd be happy to do that, but with work for the first 12 hours of the day and life for the other 12 hours with DasBlog for the final 12 hours of the day, I can't do it by myself. :)

But, alas, nope, so here's the source to my sad little 0.01 version. It sucks and was powered by Diet Rite. Remember it's a prototype if anything. However, do please let me know if you do turn it into anything.

In the meantime, Michael Kelly and I are looking at rewriting WatirMaker entirely in Ruby, thinking that the Ruby/Watir community might dig that idea more.

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August 03, 2005 15:05
I'm pretty sure "enthusiasm" isn't a verb. :)
August 03, 2005 16:14
August 05, 2005 1:29
Scott, you are just way ahead of the time. There is probably 5 total people in the world who would grok what you doing and why this is huge and chances are all of them are busy. consider it a flip side of being a genius :)
August 05, 2005 1:47
Just downloaded WatirMaker. I want to take a look at it and contribute what I can. In fact, I love the idea of doing it in Ruby since I'm just learning it.

August 05, 2005 10:18
Scott, I found trying to send you an email a bit of a pain. WatirMaker - Sounds and looks like something I would like to help with. Let me know if you launch a project.
August 09, 2005 23:04
Downloaded your app and attempted to extend it to recognise frames. However I failed at the first hurdle. Trying to assign events to the objects of each frame.
I don't think I know enough about the object model to navigate it successfully and assign the events. Which is a shame because this would be very handy for us even at this level if only it could recognise frames. If anyone has any ideas that would point me in the right direction or manages to do this I would be interested in contibuting to the less demanding programing tasks
August 10, 2005 14:54
I know the feeling. I have a similiar project for flash based apps called AutoTestFlash (

The audience is a lot smaller but I was waiting for something similiar for the web. I even started thinking on something for selenium but I don't have a lot of time.

I believe developers should only use the aplications they create in 3 modes: record mode, playback mode and demo mode.

Good luck and congratulations for WatirMaker. I will probably use it and If I have any contributions I'll let you know.
August 10, 2005 15:04
Also, on AutoTestFlash I use Right-Click to generate asserts and it works great.

Maybe an IE.contains_text() when you right click a word would be usefull.

I know that you are expecting more help that feature requests :) but I had to mention this.

August 11, 2005 21:47
Anyone have links to some good (free) resources on learning Ruby? Perhaps a few pages on the language structure? Thanks.
August 24, 2005 19:24
Chris, lots of them.

In fact, if you download Ruby, it comes with Pragmatic Programming in Ruby book. (

There was 'Getting started with Ruby' article on that got me up and running on it in an hour. It has good overview of basic stuff in it. Can't seem to access it anymore though..try but it doesn't seem to be up...

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