While doing e2e (end to end) tests for Dealiable.com frontend, i've bumped into something interesting, which was really fun to fix/find a workaround of.
Firstly, for e2e tests, i've used Nightwatch.js, which uses the Selenium API, and is written in Node.js.
The problem was that, I was not being able to clear some
input tag field data using the API provided by Nightwatch --
browser.clearValue. For example:
should clear the current value of the
input field referred by the CSS selector. But, it was not doing so!
And to make things worse, i was able to clear first few inputs through
.clearValue, so debugging this was becoming really interesting (and tedious after a while :)). Just to note, this seemingly is a Selenium issue, not a Nightwatch one.
I've tried workarounds like:
and a few others, but none was working and the test was failing at the same place.
Then I've taken things raw, and inserted (
setValue) the Backspace character (
U+0008) directly in the
input field! And guess what, it worked!
Here it is:
Now, in some places, i was testing with multiple characters as input, so I needed to pass that many backspace key strokes as an array in
setValue's second argument e.g.:
browser.setValue('input[type="text"]', ['\u0008', '\u0008', '\u0008'])
Hope this helps! Happy testing!