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Sunday, October 21, 2012

What Silk Test does when you enable a browser extension?

Extensions in silktest prove to be of great help whenever testing has to be carried out in environments that are not directly supported by the silk test. 
If you want to use the silk test for testing in a specific environment then it is necessary to enable those extensions in the silk test. This is a way of telling the silk test to load some specific extensions. 

What are browser extensions?

- The extensions which have to be loaded do not depend on the machine on which the AUT or the application under test is installed on a local machine or on a remote machine. 
- The extensions which have to be used need to be enabled on the host machine. 
- Also, those extensions need to be enabled on the target machines as well on which the application under test is to be tested. 
- Once the extensions have been enabled on all the machines for AUT, a list of extensions to be loaded is sent to each agent by the silk test. 
- Then, the appropriate extensions for the AUT or application under testing are dynamically loaded by the silk test agent component. 
- The extensions that meet all the requirements of the application that you wish to test should only be installed on the target machine for the current as well the future testing sessions. 
- However, there are some extensions that are enabled by default via the installation program of the silk test. 
- The default extensions may include extensions that come with the silk test, java extension as well as all the supported web browser extensions. 
- The other extensions are the one that you explicitly install for the development environment. 
- These are enabled for those applications software that are invoked during the standard run time of the extension. 
- The option for enabling the extensions is available on the basic work flow bar. - An extension is actually a file that is used with the purpose of extending the capabilities of the data that is available to a particular program. 

What SilkTest does when a browser extension is enabled?

Extensions are provided by the silk test for the testing of the applications which make use of the non standard controls in browser environment as well as the other specific developments. 
- First, you need to start or launch the application that you want i.e., the application for which you want to enable the extensions but make sure to do so in the maximized mode of the application window. 
- Now go to the basic work flow bar and click on the enable extensions option. 
- Select the extensions to be installed from the list and un-check the others. 
After selection click OK and after this you will get an extension settings dialog box. 
- When you get the test extension settings dialog box, close the application under test and re launch the application. 
- Click OK in the test extension settings dialog box. 
- Finally, you need to click on the OK option in the test passed dialog box. 
- You need to do one more thing to ensure that the test case you execute starts as well as ends with the application under test or AUT in a state that is intended in spite of the errors that may occur. 
- The thing is to configure the recovery system of the silk test. 
- The option set recovery system is also available on the basic work flow bar. 
Select your application and click OK for the dialog box that states that the system has been configured. 
- You are now all set to go for the recording of the test cases. 

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