That actually makes a lot of sense for storing data. I misunderstood
what I was reading, it sounded like people were driving their run-time
behavior out of excel.

I guess on that note its pretty safe to assume most people kind of
"Hard-Code" their test procedure into the logic of the program and
then use excel files to just provide data?

On Jun 8, 11:58 am, Loft_Tester <aaronr...@gmail.com> wrote:
> In our tests we just read data from these excel spreadsheets then we
> use that data to drive our testcases.  There is file out there called
> xls.rb, that reads from an excel spreadsheet.  we use this library to
> do all of our reading.
>
> On Jun 8, 12:59 pm, Charley Baker <charley.ba...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > If you're looking at an Excel driven framework, then I'd suggest taking a
> > look at Rasta:http://rubyforge.org/projects/rasta/ I've not used it, but
> > it's certainly best of class for working with Excel and Watir.
>
> > Charley Baker
> > blog:http://blog.charleybaker.org/
> > Lead Developer, Watir,http://wtr.rubyforge.org
> > QA Architect, Gap Inc Direct
>
> > On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:29 AM, Juston <justondav...@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > > Hey,
> > >     I'm a Java/C++ programmer and a Ruby noob and I'm getting ready
> > > to build a testing application that would use Watir to test a set of
> > > web applications. As there are about 6 applications with similar
> > > interfaces but different behavior I'd like to recycle as much code as
> > > possible. The system I have designed winds up reading from a file and
> > > creating a set of objects that represent use cases which, when
> > > executed, go through the motions of clicking, setting and so on. I've
> > > noticed there are a few posts here and there that discuss reading test
> > > instructions from excel and that caught my eye. The questions I have
> > > are what is in these excel files, is it some sort of domain language
> > > or it is code that is run at runtime? Is there a tutorial?
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