[twill] Best place to get started?

Barry Hart barry.hart at predictix.com
Tue Oct 26 19:03:13 PDT 2010

This page has a link to the Scotch code:

When I used twill, I didn't write any twill scripts, everything was in
Python. Using the Python interpreter interactively (or better yet, IPython)
is a good way to figure things out as you go, because you can experiment to
find how to do things without having to keep switching back and forth to an

Maybe you could write things initially in Python and then translate back to
twill (if that's what Zenoss requires)? Just a thought, I haven't used this
approach myself.


On Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 9:00 PM, Mart Doyle <mdoyle at temple.edu> wrote:

>  As of this morning, I didn’t know what twill was.  We are interested in
> using a monitor called Zenoss to perform some very basic application
> monitoring.  Zenoss has a feature which looks like it lets us run twill
> scripts and report on the availability of applications.  I guess the real
> challenge is learning how to write twill scripts.
> Does anyone have any good advice as to where to start to learn to develop
> twill scripts?  I started out reading An Introduction to Testing Web
> Applications with twill and Selenium by C. Brown<http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&field-author=C.%20Brown>,
> Gheorghe Gheorghiu<http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_2?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&field-author=Gheorghe%20Gheorghiu>,
> and Jason Huggins<http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_3?_encoding=UTF8&sort=relevancerank&search-alias=books&field-author=Jason%20Huggins>.
> I’ve got twill installed and I can do some VERY basic navigation of VERY
> simple web sites.  For any site which is the least bit complicated I spend a
> lot of time fumbling around and am not really making progress.  I’ve been
> trying to find and install the scotch recorder with the hopes that I could
> use that to record navigation through a browser and use that information to
> help me figure out how to navigate using twill but I haven’t had much luck
> finding scotch.  Does it still exist?
> Any suggestions on how to get some traction developing my first few twill
> scripts to do some very basic monitoring of web applications?
> Mart Doyle
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