We've seen growing enthusiasm for Watir, a web-testing library that is good 
enough that it is convincing people to learn Ruby just so that they can use 
it. Here are some things people are saying about it:

     Watir Rocks! I have played with it for only about on hour and 
accomplished what I had wanted to do (but did not have the wherewithall) 
for ages. Truly awesome !!

     In my opinion, WATIR has no peer as a framework to drive functional 
test automation in Internet Explorer.

     I have been using watir for a few weeks and have been very productive 
in automating the testing of our Web based application.

     I downloaded Watir a few days ago, without having have any high hopes 
for it, but I have been very impressed by this tool. I have limited 
scripting experience and none with Ruby, but I was able to follow your 
examples and be productive in short order. My hat is off to all involved in 
this project, you're doing a great service for the testing community - mad 
props!

     Up until now, I'd managed to avoid learning the Ruby scripting 
language.... But after seeing what Watir could do and how neat Ruby is, I 
became a convert.

See http://wtr.rubyforge.org/wiki/wiki.pl?WatirTestimonials for more comments.


We've just release version 1.1 of Watir. 
http://rubyforge.org/frs/?group_id=104&release_id=1782

I'm writing to ask for help. The biggest problem with Watir is its support 
for various dialogs. These dialogs appear when you use a browser; for 
example, a login dialog or a security dialog or a javascript dialog. Watir 
mostly works by accessing the DOM via IE's COM interface. But there is no 
COM/DOM interface to these dialogs. We have some code that uses Win32 API 
calls, but it is buggy and needs work. Frankly, i think we would be better 
off using a general Win32 GUI testing library than trying to build a peice 
of it ourselves.

Perl has a really good Win32-GuiTest library. 
http://cpan.uwinnipeg.ca/htdocs/Win32-GuiTest/

There is also a Ruby port of this, but it uses Cygwin and appears to have 
been abandoned.
http://raa.ruby-lang.org/project/win32-guitest/

We need something that works with MSWIN. Can you help us?

So far we have had some suggestions. One person suggested that we just use 
the Perl library. Another has suggested that we use AutoIt. But personally 
i would prefer a Ruby solution. Surely i'm not the only Ruby programmer 
left on the Windows platform. Do we want to let the Perl programmers 
dominate Windows?

Bret


_____________________
  Bret Pettichord
  www.pettichord.com