[Novalug] Need to automate a web browser session
leapfrog at freeshell.org
Thu Sep 30 16:01:03 EDT 2010
On Thu, 30 Sep 2010, Jim Ide wrote:
> I want to automate the process of visiting a
> particular web site, clicking certain links,
> downloading files, etc. What tools have you
> used that do this? I have used Selenium, but
> it seems to be intended more for web app testing
> than for automating web tasks.
> * must run in Linux and MS Windows
> * must be free
> * must be fairly easy for non-techies to use and understand
> Thanks for your help.
Scriting using Perl and LWP but that falls outside the range of "fairly
easy for non-techies."
I've found nifty uses for Badboy (http://www.badboy.com.au/). It's a
Windows app but it can generate jmeter scripts, which runs on Linux or
Windows (caveat, not all features of Badboy can be exported to jmeter.)
Jmeter. It has a slight learning curve to it but once you know it, you can
do a lot with it.
You may be able to get away with writing a wrapper around some of these.
Your users can provide an input file (similar to a Windows ini file) that
your script parses and generates a file that feeds in to jmeter or badboy
or something else. That way you can hide some of the complexity.
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