Hello Again,

After playing around with rexml with some of the URL’s provided in
this thread and other sites I have found I have established that you
are in fact correct and that rexml would be the way to go. However, I
am still making requests and receiving responses to and from the WS
via the UI, and as such I am in need of a little more help/advice with

After making the request with specific attributes a response is served
up from the WS and is opened in another IE window. I can attach to the
new window with out a problem but from that point on I am unsure as to
how to proceed with the use of rexml. Bellow is an example of some
thing I tried but I assume because I am making the.

it 'Attaching to the new window and confirming that there was a VALID
response from the web server' do
      @b2 = Watir::IE.attach(:url, ‘http://privateurl.asmx/
xml = @b2.html
      doc = REXML::Document.new(xml)
      WID = REXML::XPath.first(doc.root, '//WID/text()')
      WID == (data['WIDTestField'])

The reason I attempted “xml = @b2.html” is because when I view the
source of the window that contains the response from the WS, it just
shows the XML. Needless to say that didn’t work, and I didn’t really
expect it to however I thought I would give it a shot. I then went to
irb on the command line and had a look at what �...@b2.html” actually
looked like. I was expecting to see the xml without formatting however
there was a lot more to it than what the page source showed. This
would explain the error message in my respec results.html:

#<REXML::ParseException: missing attribute quote
Last 80 unconsumed characters:
<SPAN class=b>&nbsp;</SPAN> <SPAN class=m>&lt;/</SPAN><SPAN
c:/ruby/lib/ruby/1.8/rexml/parsers/baseparser.rb:345:in `pull'
c:/ruby/lib/ruby/1.8/rexml/parsers/treeparser.rb:21:in `parse'
c:/ruby/lib/ruby/1.8/rexml/document.rb:204:in `build'
c:/ruby/lib/ruby/1.8/rexml/document.rb:42:in `initialize'
./tests/WsRequestClientByWid_test.rb:36:in `new'
example_methods.rb:81:in `instance_eval'
example_methods.rb:81:in `eval_block'
example_methods.rb:15:in `execute'
c:/ruby/lib/ruby/1.8/timeout.rb:48:in `timeout'
example_methods.rb:12:in `execute'
example_group_methods.rb:245:in `execute_examples'
example_group_methods.rb:244:in `each'
example_group_methods.rb:244:in `execute_examples'
example_group_methods.rb:141:in `run'
example_group_runner.rb:22:in `run'
example_group_runner.rb:21:in `each'
example_group_runner.rb:21:in `run'
115:in `run_examples'
command_line.rb:10:in `run'
c:/ruby/bin/spec:16:in `load'
missing attribute quote
Last 80 unconsumed characters:
<SPAN class=b>&nbsp;</SPAN> <SPAN class=m>&lt;/</SPAN><SPAN
Last 80 unconsumed characters:
<SPAN class=b>&nbsp;</SPAN> <SPAN class=m>&lt;/</SPAN><SPAN

Basically I was wondering if any one could suggest a way of me being
able to use rexml without having to save any files and just using the
xml response on the second IE window that is opened as a result of the

Thanks again guys. I really appreciate your guidance.

On Dec 5, 3:37 am, "Richard Lawrence" <rslawre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> You really don't want to be reinventing XML parsing (badly) with
> string substitution or regular expressions. Given a string with your
> XML in it, theREXMLcode to get the values you want would look
> something like the following. You'll have to use something like
> Net::Http to actually make the web service call to get the XML string.
> There are some decent examples 
> here:http://rubylearning.com/blog/2008/04/25/yahoo-web-services-in-ruby/.
> As Alex recommended, play around in irb with this to get a feel for it.
> require 'rexml/document'
> xml = '<?xml version="1.0"
> ?><parent><firstName>Foo</firstName><lastName>Bar</lastName></parent>'
> doc =REXML::Document.new(xml)
> firstName =REXML::XPath.first(doc.root, '//firstName/text()')
> lastName =REXML::XPath.first(doc.root, '//lastName/text()')
> Richard
> On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 4:38 AM, Alex Collins <a.j.collins...@gmail.com> wrote:
> > A useful general principle if you are wondering if something will work
> > is to try it. In Ruby, start IRB (type irb at the command line) then
> > type your ruby code. Irb will show you the results after each line.
> > You do not need $ signs (ruby global variable) but you must certainly
> > quote your strings. However your code will not work as there is no -
> > method for a string.
> > Instead, you could use the sub or gsub methods:
> > a = "aba"
> > a.gsub 'a', 'c'
> > => "cbc"
> > In the simple case, it sounds like you want to use a regular
> > expression (regexp) to do pattern recognition. Results of matching are
> > stores in MatchData objects. Something like:
> > re = /<pattern>(.*)<\pattern/>/
> > matchdata = string.match(re)
> > puts matchdata.captures
> > However, if you want to do more than this you would be better using
> >REXML as Richard suggested. Alternatively, use a tool designed for
> > testing XML webservices eg SOAPUI. Watir is designed for testing
> > websites.
> > You might want to read a ruby tutorial though to get a better idea of
> > how to use ruby.
> > Hope this helps.
> > On 4 Dec 2008, at 06:40, winstan <lucasdavidwinstan...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >> Would i be able to do some thing like this:
> >> $a = <ShortName>TESTA</ShortName>
> >> $b = <ShortName>
> >> $c = </ShortName>
> >> $d = a - b
> >> $e = d - c
> >> which in turn would make $e "TESTA"?
> >> On Dec 4, 4:55 pm, "Richard Lawrence" <rslawre...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>> Why are you accessing the web service using Watir and IE? Will end
> >>> users of the web service access it with a browser? If not, and if
> >>> you're just using the web service to get data to use in other GUI
> >>> tests, you might find something like Net::Http andREXMLto be more
> >>> appropriate for this part of your script.
> >>> Richard
> >>> --
> >>> Richard Lawrence
> >>> Certified Scrum Coach
> >>> Founder and Principal Consultant, Humanizing Work, LLC
> >>> 303-895-7688
> >>> rich...@humanizingwork.comwww.humanizingwork.comwww.richardlawrence.info
> >>> On Wed, Dec 3, 2008 at 9:29 PM, winstan
> >>> <lucasdavidwinstan...@gmail.com> wrote:
> >>>> Hi all,
> >>>> I'm trying to capture a variety of data in an xml response from a
> >>>> web
> >>>> service, that is served up via IE and the GUI, however when I
> >>>> interrogate the data using the IE dev toolbar I notice that all the
> >>>> element properties render useless as they are all of the same nature
> >>>> and properties.
> >>>> Bellow is an extract from an example xml response in which I want to
> >>>> capture the given Shortname and Long name (TestA) and set them as
> >>>> variables for use later in the script when accessing another system
> >>>> and validating the data between the two GUI's.
> >>>> <ShortName>TESTA</ShortName>
> >>>> <LongName>TestA</LongName>
> >>>> I hope the information provided is sufficient and understandable.
> >>>> Thanks again- Hide quoted text -
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