My current stake in PhantomJS
I have been spending a lot of time on PhantomJS in the last couple of months. But feels like I could have done much more: there are so many interesting issues to work on in the official tracker.
** Hey, why don’t you give us a hand? :) **
Here is where my stake is.
I just finished putting down a new wiki page that explains a bit about the REPL and how it works. Give it a read and let me know if you want more clarification.
I can already see few problems with it, as it doesn’t always behave as I want. I’m sure this is the beginning of the work on this feature, not the end. But it is a good start.
Issue #49 - “Integrate with WebDriver” was opened in February 29 2011! Yes, more than 1 year ago.
So, last week I started hacking away on a new idea: now that PhantomJS has the
webserver moduel (i.e.
require("webserver").create()), it is possible to implement the full WebDriver Wire Protocol and have PhantomJS act as a back-end for
That’s when GhostDriver was born.
The code is very young, and the list of TODO is as long as the amount of code written, but you can already:
- Start the RemoteWebDriver Server
- Run the “Getting Started” example
if you already have PhantomJS on your system and you have Maven to build the example.
Speed-wise, there is no comparison: respect to use FirefoxDriver, the test takes between a 1/5 and a 1/10 of the time. When you launch GhostDriver on the side and than make the test hit it, it’s when you get the maximum performances.
Give it a go and let me know if the instructions provided are clear enough.
Selenium Conference 2012, London, UK
I managed to get a talk accepted for the Selenium Conference 2012, that this year will be hosted in London at the “IET London: Savoy Place” (tickets here / venue).
The title of my talk couldn’t be more ostentatious:
"Speed Up Your Selenium Tests with PhantomJS, The Headless Browser" Ivan De Marino / Senior Software Engineer at Neustar Webmetrics
like I have any idea of what I’m talking about.
Anyway, if you come along and say hi, I’ll be pleased. Hopefully I won’t bore anyone to death.