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  • 1.  WDG Automation

    Posted 11 days ago
    Edited by Juan cruz Molina 11 days ago
    Hi community,

    I have a query, whenever I want to read or click on a field on a web page, do I have to do from previous steps of using the "Start Browser" and "Navigate" commands?

    Can i get the bot to click a button on a opened web page without using the "Start browser" and "navigate" commands?

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    Juan cruz Molina
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  • 2.  RE: WDG Automation

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hello Juan!

    I'm a bit confused about the use case. To click a button on a web page without opening it? Anything else you could share about the use case? Thanks!

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    Jukka Juselius
    Senior Solution Architect - IBM EMEA
    WDG Automation Program Lead for EMEA
    IBM Digital Business Automation
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  • 3.  RE: WDG Automation

    Posted 11 days ago
    Exactly, to click a button on a web page without opening it.

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    Juan cruz Molina
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  • 4.  RE: WDG Automation

    Posted 11 days ago
    Hi Jukka

    I don't know what Juans use case is but I have a similar question: while developing a bot, I sometimes would like to test the functionality on a specific webpage.
    With Automation Anywhere, you could just reference to the already opened webpage and do your thing. But with WDG Automation it seems that you always need to start with 'Start Browser'.
    Especially for complicated applications where you need to logon first and navigate through several pages before you get to that specific webpage you would like to test, the development and test cycle takes much more time. And it is almost impossible to create unit tests to validate a single functionality of the bot your are building.

    N.

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    nordine vandezande
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  • 5.  RE: WDG Automation

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hello Nordine!

    Yes, I see your point. In WDG Automation (btw, soon to be named to IBM RPA) we currently do not have "Run to / from this command" functionality and yes, you need to open browser with webStart (WAL verb) in order to develop/test things on web pages. To be honest, I have not really thought about this earlier and seen this as an issue, but I think this is something that we could enhance with our future releases.

    I also suspect that this might be related to our concurrent execution possiblity, where we can have several bots doing the same things simultaneously, so the bot running needs to have a handle/reference to the browser window it is using. But I'll have a talk with our OM and see what we can do to enhance this. Thanks for bringing this up!

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    Jukka Juselius
    Senior Solution Architect - IBM EMEA
    WDG Automation Program Lead for EMEA
    IBM Digital Business Automation
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