[twill] Is Twill a suitable tool to test my custom web application?

Terry Peppers peppers at gmail.com
Fri Feb 26 12:13:36 PST 2010

Arun -

> The URL of my web application is Twill
> successfully manages to go to this web page but when I tried the "showforms"
> command it returns nothing. This is unlike other public websites like Google
> where the showforms command displays the components of the web form.

> Please let me know if Twill is capable of testing my custom web application
> ... if Twill currently does not have the capability for testing my custom
> web application please suggest alternative open source tools which I can use
> to test my web application.

Twill can't do - and likely will never do JavaScript. It's more about
HTTP and being able to intercept and render those requests and
responses. Once JavaScript gets introduced into the equation you're
much better off using Selenium (http://code.google.com/p/selenium/). I
know that the Python bindings for Selenium 2 (which is Selenium plus
WebDriver) were close to being complete and that Jason Huggins' was
planning on trying to finish them this week - but the Selenium project
is a solid place to start.

Another tool that you might have interest in is Windmill
(http://www.getwindmill.com/) - haven't played around with it myself,
but it might be an option.

Hope that helps.

- t.

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