PyUseCase 3.4.1: Python GUI test tool

Geoff Bache geoff.bache at
Fri Nov 26 14:12:12 CET 2010

Hi all,

3.4.1 is mostly bugfixes related to PyGTK, although some internal
reorganisation and minor API changes are also included. Also proof of
concept support for Hildon extension to PyGTK, the GUI used on Nokia's
Maemo phones and restored support for Python 2.5 which was dropped in
3.4 and then regretted.

Geoff Bache

A bit more detail:

PyUseCase is an unconventional GUI testing tool for PyGTK,Tkinter and
wxPython, along with a framework for testing Python GUIs in general.

Instead of recording GUI mechanics directly, it asks the user for
descriptive names and hence builds up a "domain language" along with a
"UI map file" that translates this language into actions on the
current GUI widgets. The point is to reduce coupling, allow very
expressive tests, and ensure that GUI changes mean changing the UI map
file but not all the tests.

Instead of an "assertion" mechanism, it auto-generates a log of the
GUI appearance and changes to it. The point is then to use that as a
baseline for text-based testing, using e.g. TextTest.

It also includes support for instrumenting code so that "waits" can be
recorded, making it far easier for a tester to record correctly
synchronized tests without having to explicitly plan for this.

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