Browser AliasesΒΆ

All previous examples demonstrate various ways how browser configuration can be defined, but they all have same downside - server connection details stay hard-coded in test case classes. This could become very problematic if:

  • same test cases needs to be executed on different servers (e.g. each developer runs them on his own machine)
  • due change in server connection details each test case class needs to be changed

To solve this problem a browser aliases were introduced. Basically a browser alias is predefined browser configuration, that is available in the test case by it’s alias. Here is how it can be used:

  1. create base test case class, by extending BrowserTestCase class in the project with getBrowserAliases method in it
  2. the getBrowserAliases method will return an associative array of a browser configurations (array key acts as alias name)
  3. in any place, where browser configuration is defined use 'alias' => 'alias_name_here' instead of actual browser configuration
  4. feel free to override any part of configuration defined in alias

Note

Nested aliases are also supported.

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<?php

use aik099\PHPUnit\BrowserTestCase;

abstract class BrowserAliasTestCase extends BrowserTestCase
{

    public function getBrowserAliases()
    {
        return array(
            'example_alias' => array(
                'driver' => 'selenium2',
                'host' => 'localhost',
                'port' => 4444,
                'browserName' => 'firefox',
                'baseUrl' => 'http://www.google.com',
            ),
        );
    }

}


class ConcreteTest extends BrowserAliasTestCase
{

    public static $browsers = array(
        array(
            'alias' => 'example_alias',
        ),
        array(
            'alias' => 'example_alias',
            'browserName' => 'chrome',
        ),
    );
}