Automating Web Interfaces with Python

Christian Reyes creyes at ea.com
Wed Jan 15 00:37:35 CET 2003


Yes Cameron,
You've very succinctly identified the situation.
Your recommendation is exactly what I am looking for.  I think we are one
post away from closing this thread. :)
Christian

> So:  my recommendation is that this thread start back at the
> beginning.  Mr. Reyes, how will you know when you're done?  If
> we can teach you how to automate retrieval of the content of
> one Web page, with parametrized forms values and such, will you
> be substantially nearer your goal?

"Cameron Laird" <claird at lairds.com> wrote in message
news:v295n7inf1k742 at corp.supernews.com...
> In article <mailman.1042572205.4047.python-list at python.org>,
> Rick Richardson  <rrichardson at eti-main.enabletech.com> wrote:
> >I assume by automate you mean create html forms that automagically post
to
> >automagically generated receivers given some database or XML scheme. I'd
> >recommed XSLT for something like this. Python can manage the html file
> >generation/management processes for you quite easily.
> >
> >Also if you're not stuck on JSP there is Zope, which many enjoy but I've
> >never used.
> >Another option, Twisted has created a really neat Widget/Gadget template
> >Model/View/Controller based web devel/deployment system. I have used that
> >one and I must say it's the first thing that's ever made web development
fun
> >:)
> >
> >I never did get into JSP much, most (free) systems were too hard to
> >configure and the servlet/bean/jsp
> >system was cool but just didn't feel right to me. But some people swear
by
> >it, so hey.
> .
> .
> .
> Maybe.
>
> Web testing's a specialized area.  That's an oblique way of
> saying that there's a professional level of Web testing that's
> a lot different from the amateur one.
>
> My estimate is that we're still at the stage of gathering re-
> quirements.  Mr. Reyes could mean by his questions just that
> he's not familiar with the topic of "Web scraping", and doesn't
> know how to automate validation of a modest number of Web pages.
> Or he could be saying that he has large-scale requirements to
> verify the rendered appearance of tens of thousands of distinct
> pages, as seen through either of several browsers.
>
> Chatter about JSP makes me suspect that the question is an
> introductory one for him.  JSP is probably *not* among the
> ten (let's say) most salient technical dimensions of this task.
>
> I consider XSLT a disservice for someone at the stage I believe
> Mr. Reyes is.
>
> Twisted is truly remarkable.  I don't think we know enough yet
> to decide whether it's pertinent.
>
> So:  my recommendation is that this thread start back at the
> beginning.  Mr. Reyes, how will you know when you're done?  If
> we can teach you how to automate retrieval of the content of
> one Web page, with parametrized forms values and such, will you
> be substantially nearer your goal?
> --
>
> Cameron Laird <Cameron at Lairds.com>
> Business:  http://www.Phaseit.net
> Personal:  http://phaseit.net/claird/home.html






More information about the Python-list mailing list