Tips and tricks - General

The following tips and tricks are relevant for all AUT technologies.

Return a test object collection to match a description

C# and Java: Use the <TestObject>.FindChildren method.

Use .$$ syntax. For details, see Setting up and working with the JavaScript SDK

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Use a regular expression for a property value

C#: IDProp = As.RegExp(@"RegExpValue")
Java: .idProp(new RegExpProperty("RegExpValue"))
JavaScript: idProp:/RegExpValue/

For more details, see Regular expression guidelines.

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Use SDK exceptions to debug your test

UFT Developer information from SDK exceptions can be helpful when debugging your test.

For example:

ReplayObjectNotFoundException Thrown during a test run when no object matches the test object description.
ReplayObjectNotUniqueException Thrown during a test run when more than one object matches the test object description.

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Pause a spying operation

While spying on objects with the Object Identification Center (OIC), you may want to temporarily pause the spying operation, for example to use your mouse to bring another application into focus.

Press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard to pause the spy while performing other mouse operations.

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Type text and special characters

Type text and special characters, such as ALT, F1 keys, Esc, or CapsLock into fields in your application.

Use the SendKeys method with constants from the Keys class.

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Capture text from an application using OCR

To capture text from within a specific object in your application, use the GetVisibleText and GetTextLocations methods, available for all test objects.

You can also capture an image of any part of your application and then use the GetText and LocateText methods of the ImageUtils class to capture text from within a supplied image.

For more details, see Tips & tricks - OCR methods (Windows only) and the .NET SDK Reference, Java SDK Reference, or JavaScript SDK Reference.

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DataGridView: Use a native object to mouse-click a table cell (C#)

When working with tables based on the class System.Windows.Forms.DataGridView, you can use a native object to mouse-click a table cell in two ways:

Note: To check which class your table is based on, check the table test object's FullType property.

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