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Lesson 18 - PHP Testing - Acceptance tests of commercial applications I

In the previous lesson, PHP Testing - Useful AcceptanceTester class extensions, we showed how to extend the AcceptanceTester class of the Codeception framework. So we know how to use our own actions to test web applications with Selenium and even directly call native functions of the Selenium core. In today's PHP tutorial, we're going to look at a few methods I've picked for you from real commercial applications, mainly from the's system. They contain interesting techniques for clicking on various elements, searching items in tables, controlling the TinyMCE WYSIWYG editor, filling in a payment gateway form (by bypassing several robot protections) and more. I'm sure, it'll serve you as a good inspiration and save you a lot of time, because to create them and make them work properly took quite a long time :)

Preface to waiting

To begin with, I'd like to add, that the tests listed here use the AcceptanceTester extensions which we showed in the previous lesson, and the sleep() action we showed earlier in the course. And finally, since we usually have to wait for a while after displaying dialogs or after pages load, the tests use utility methods ending with AndWait(), which trigger the standard action and also wait a while by using sleep(). Their implementation can look, for example, like this:

public function openAndWait($page)

It's better to set the sleep time with a constant so it can be modified easily, see


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