Watir 3 Released!

Hello everyone!

I’m happy to announce that Watir 3 has been finally released!
Its biggest goal is to conform even better with WatirSpec making it more
compliant with Watir-WebDriver.

Changelog is quite long, but reading it makes your life easier:
* Browser#status returns an empty string if status bar is disabled in IE9
* Browser#style fixed for IE9
* #execute_script evaluates JavaScript code inside of an anonymous function
– use “return” statement if value is needed by Ruby
* #execute_script returns nil instead of ‘undefined’
* drag and drop fixed for IE9
* Window#current? and Window#== are more robust
* all html elements are now supported (even html5 ones)
* CookieManager removed
* cookies API support added (
* drag and drop API support added (
* Element#(before|after)? removed
* Element#(before|after)_text removed
* Browser#cell(s) and Browser#row(s) removed
* Browser#Element camelCase methods removed, use under_score methods instead
* Browser#element(s) supports only general attributes like :id, :title,
:class_name, :text, :html and such
* Browser#modal_dialog improved
* Browser#send_keys and Element#send_keys have now same syntax as specified
in WatirSpec
* Element#style returns internal styles only for IE9, inline style will be
returned for IE8
* Table#each removed – use Table#(trs|rows).each instead
* Table#row(s) and Table#cell(s) added which ignore inner tables – use
#td/#tr for all.
* raise an Exception if more locators are specified with :xpath/:css
* searching by :xpath and :css code rewritten
* Browser#textarea(s) method for searching elements
* Element#focus works with IE9
* Element#focused? returns the state of focus on that element
* Element#to_subtype returns Element if non-supported tag found instead of
* searching by :class will match now partially like other tools behave
(e.g. jQuery)
* Button#text returns value if exists instead of text
* Browser#goto prepends url automatically with http:// if scheme is missing
* Browser#element(s)_by_(xpath/css) are now private methods – use
#element(:css => …) and #element(:xpath => …) instead
* Browser#label supports searching by :for attribute
* Browser#options method for searching elements
* Browser#body, #thead, #tfoot, #tbody, #frameset and #fieldset added
* Browser#window and Browser#windows added implementing window switching
API (https://github.com/jarib/watirspec/blob/master/window_switching_spec.rb
* Element#present? returns false if exception is thrown by #exists? or
* Element#style returns CSS text instead of OLE object
* Element#text returns an empty string for non-visible elements
* Element#parent returns correct instance of Element class (e.g. Div
instead of Element)
* Element#focus focuses document before focusing on the element
* Element#right_click and Element#double_click added
* Element#to_subtype added which returns specific instance of
Watir::Element subclass
* Element#send_keys added
* Element#eql? as an alias for Element#== added
* Element#tag_name added
* ElementCollection#[] method supports negative indexes like regular Arrays
* ElementCollection#[] returns always an object, even if the index is out
of bounds
* FileField#set and Image#save uses correct Windows file path (e.g. convert
“\”-es into “/”-es)
* FileField#set raises Errno::ENOENT instead of WatirException if file
doesn’t exist
* FileField#value= as an alias for FileField#set added
* Font#color, #face and #size added
* Form#submit triggers onSubmit event and doesn’t submit the form if
event’s callback returns false
* Frame#execute_script added
* Image#file_size, #height and #width return integer instead of a string
* Image#save blocking fixed
* Meta#content and #http_equiv added
* Option code rewritten, causing changes in its API
* SelectList code rewritten, causing changes in its API
* SelectList#(selected_)options returns now Options collection instead of
an array of strings
* Table and its subelements code rewritten, causing changes in its API
* Table#strings and #hashes added
* TextField#label added
* searching elements will find only correct types – e.g. using Browser#div
returns only DIV element even if all other provided selectors match
* all selectors and tag of the element needs to match even if searching by
* supporting html5 data-* attributes by using :data_* for locating and
#data_* for retrieving attribute values
* many other internal changes

Please try it out by executing:
gem install watir


21 thoughts on “Watir 3 Released!

      • ruby 192 (my komodo ide does not support debgging in 193)
        i have been through the dev kit instructions and it seems to work (adds itself to path …) but when the watir install gets to fii it fails. I can send you the errors it gives. I have googled extensively on this and not found an adequate fix.

        • C:\Users\michael.kernaghan.NORTH_AMERICA>gem install watir
          Temporarily enhancing PATH to include DevKit…
          Building native extensions. This could take a while…
          ERROR: Error installing watir:
          ERROR: Failed to build gem native extension.

          C:/Ruby192/bin/ruby.exe extconf.rb
          checking for ffi.h… *** extconf.rb failed ***
          Could not create Makefile due to some reason, probably lack of
          necessary libraries and/or headers. Check the mkmf.log file for more
          details. You may need configuration options.

          Provided configuration options:
          C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:368:in `try_do’: The complier failed to generate an executable file. (RuntimeError)
          You have to install development tools first.
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:452:in `try_cpp’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:834:in `block in have_header’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:693:in `block in checking_for’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:280:in `block (2 levels) in postpone’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:254:in `open’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:280:in `block in postpone’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:254:in `open’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:276:in `postpone’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:692:in `checking_for’
          from C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/1.9.1/mkmf.rb:833:in `have_header’
          from extconf.rb:9:in `’

          Gem files will remain installed in C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/ffi-1.0.11 for inspection.
          Results logged to C:/Ruby192/lib/ruby/gems/1.9.1/gems/ffi-1.0.11/ext/ffi_c/gem_make.out

  1. Very exciting! Since the spec is closer in line to watir-webriver, will this help speed along the 4.0 release?

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