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From Joe Bowser <>
Subject Re: Another update to the Cordova View Branch: WebDriver Support
Date Wed, 18 Jan 2012 19:50:33 GMT
No, but I did have to backport it and add a CallbackViewFactory. The latest
version of WebDriver has the ability to extend custom views so that you can
use selenium with it.  The thing is that the way you build WebDriver leads
you to a dependency hell, where you have to include the jars from the
latest version as well as the Android Web Driver that's shipped by Google.
 Hopefully this gets fixed in the future so we can cut this down to one JAR
instead of five small ones, and an external dependency.

Also, in other news, I figured out what causes the failure of these URLS:
file://android_asset/www/index.html#foo.  This code in in
the Android Framework (around line 712):

} else if (url.startsWith(ANDROID_ASSET)) {
            url = url.replaceFirst(ANDROID_ASSET, "");
            try {
                AssetManager assets = mContext.getAssets();
                return, AssetManager.ACCESS_STREAMING);
            } catch (IOException e) {
                return null;

So, when this gets passed the URL, it just takes out the android_asset
portion, and then tries to find the file www/index.html#foo. Now, it should
be trimming off everything that is after # or ?, however it's not.  Of
course, it can't produce any strings, so when Chromium finally gets to it,
it's all "WTF? Network Error!". We have the following solutions to this

1. Copy all our assets to our private jail and access URLs that way
2. Maintain our own history
3. Fix Android's bug and distribute our own version of android.webkit

I'm thinking that 1 may be the solution, but I'm going to look into this
further.  At least we can say we test our stuff!

On Wed, Jan 18, 2012 at 8:17 AM, Simon MacDonald

> That's great news Joe. I had started looking into getting the
> WebDriver working with PhoneGap back in December. Unfortunately, it
> was horribly difficult to extend the WebDriver to take a PhoneGap
> WebView. Looking at the stuff you were doing with CordovaView It
> looked like it would be easier to extend the WebDriver but I didn't
> get to it so I'm glad you did.
> Did you need to change the WebDriver code at all?
> Simon Mac Donald
> On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM, Joe Bowser <> wrote:
> > Hey
> >
> > I hacked together the ability to use WebDriver with Cordova.  After
> > spending the day in dependency hell, I managed to get Selenium/WebDriver
> to
> > work on Android using a Custom Web View.  I have added a bunch of the
> JARs
> > required, some very brief instructions and an example test to the
> > repository here:
> >
> >
> >
> > Now people can write tests for PhoneGap plugins using JUnit and Selenium.
> >  The best part about this is that once you copy WebDriver from the SDK
> > directory to the libs, it all still works on the command line.  I'm going
> > to keep documenting the process at this point, but the ability to test
> both
> > the Java and the Web portions of the app at the same time is huge.  That
> > being said, I don't like all the selenium dependencies, and I may have to
> > find a new home for the factory somewhere.
> >
> > Let me know if you have any questions about the tests.
> >
> > Joe

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