[Phpmyadmin-devel] Selenium Test Organisation

Ayush Chaudhary ayushchd at gmail.com
Tue Aug 13 10:37:52 CEST 2013

Hi Michal,

On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Michal Čihař wrote:

> Hi
> Dne Mon, 12 Aug 2013 19:41:47 +0530
> Ayush Chaudhary <ayushchd at gmail.com <javascript:;>> napsal(a):
> > While studying the current Selenium test cases, I came across a
> design/organisation issue. This issue is related to redundant actions. For
> example, if we want to test the creation of a table, we need to create a
> database. We create a database already in the 'create database' test.
> Similarly, if go deeper into the flow, to test insertion of records in a
> table, we need to create a table which in turns needs us to create a
> database. If we have separate tests for these - (namely, 'Create a table',
> 'Insert a Record') we will be doing some actions redundantly, that is
> creating a database and creating a table and so on. Apart from the problem
> of redundancy, the tests will take a longer time to execute unnecessarily.
> >
> > The alternatives that we might go for are:
> >
> > 1. Create one single test that tests everything in the flow - creating a
> db -> creating a table -> inserting records, searching, editing (and other
> tasks) -> drop table -> drop db. The downside is that this will create a
> very long test in terms of length.
> >
> > 2. Enforce the pre-requisite of having a testdb and some tables in that
> test db specifically for Selenium test cases wherever Selenium tests are
> supposed to be run. The downside is that this will create an extra and
> perhaps unnecessary dependency on the environment.
> I really did not look deeper into Selenium and PHPUnit integration, but
> isn't it possible to do some setup before running test, which will
> create tables used in the test?
> I'd really prefer to have separate tests for each task (so that it is
> can be easily seen what is broken), while the environment setup does not
> have to be done using Selenium...
> --
>         Michal Čihař | http://cihar.com | http://phpmyadmin.net

I don't see any explicit provision, however, we could perhaps connect
manually to database and execute corresponding SQL queries to configure the
database before our tests. Does that sound ok? If yes, we use mysqli?
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