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Regex/Wildcards in FindChild method

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Regex/Wildcards in FindChild method

One of the buttons in my company's program changes between "Show Items" and "Hide Items" when clicked - it's a toggle. I'd like to run some automation with this button, and I've been trying to use the FindChild method rather than a direct mapping since elements around it (not the button itself) are prone to change. In the remarks section of the FindChild method's documentation, it says I can supply a TC regular expression. However, when I provide it, it's unable to find the element. When I provide the full name of the property I want to use instead of regex, it's able to find the element:

 

FindChild(new Array("className", "ObjectLabel"), new Array("btn btn-xs ng-binding", "Show Items"), 4);

Does FindChild support the regex method in the first place? Can I do something like 

"* Items"

instead?

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Re: Regex/Wildcards in FindChild method

Yes, you can do the wildcard like you indicated... but, as for reg-ex... in the documentation.

 

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Regular expressions should start with "regexp:", for example:

obj = parent.Find("PropName", "regexp:gr[ae]y", 5)"


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Re: Regex/Wildcards in FindChild method

Yes, you can do the wildcard like you indicated... but, as for reg-ex... in the documentation.

 

"

Regular expressions should start with "regexp:", for example:

obj = parent.Find("PropName", "regexp:gr[ae]y", 5)"


Robert Martin
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Please consider giving a Kudo if I write good stuff
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Why automate?  I do automated testing because there's only so much a human being can do and remain healthy.  Sleep is a requirement.  So, while people sleep, automation that I create does what I've described above in order to make sure that nothing gets past the final defense of the testing group.
I love good food, good books, good friends, and good fun.

Mysterious Gremlin Master
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Re: Regex/Wildcards in FindChild method

You could still use name mapping with a conditional setup for the button, and extended find to skip the dynamic parent elements. 


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Carson

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