What an SeLite framework is

An SeLite framework is on optional layer, that encapsulates low-level application-specific components. Those are mostly Javascript structures and Selenese functions.

Javascript structures are Selenium Core extensions that define custom functionality for the Selenese scripts. They can be optionally packaged as Firefox extensions (public or proprietary). They can contain:

Selenese functions (blocks of Selenese commands) can be shared between cases and suites (via SelBlocks Global). The framework consists of library-like automation cases, which contain Selenese functions. Automation suites include those framework cases and action cases that utilise those functions.

See DrupalFramework, its source and other AppsFrameworks.

Loading a framework

A framework is loaded as a Core extension. The easiest way to load frameworks is through Bootstrap. Alternatively you can make it a Firefox extension (with use of Extension Sequencer), either packaged in an .xpi file or loaded through a proxy file (see DevelopmentTools).

Configuring and loading the data

You can manage configuration through Settings. Configuration sets can associate with scripts on per-suite folder basis. A framework needs to know the suite folder, so that it can resolve its configuration (which determines the script DB). A framework shouldn’t pre-load any data when it’s activated, because a suite folder may not be known yet. If you need pre-loading any data, do that from a suite folder change handler, which gets triggered once you open (or save) a suite.

Extending a framework

If you need to extend an existing framework, you may want to do it in a separate file. That makes it easy to receive updates from SeLite or within your team.

However, standard frameworks get loaded by Bootstrap, which doesn’t guarantee order of loading multiple files. So one framework file can’t robustly and easily intercept/replace functions defined in another file of the same framework (since the order of loading multiple files may work in one Firefox profile, but not in another). If you need that, replace the existing framework rather than extend it.

Alternatively, load the dependency files yourself. See JavascriptComplex > Loading Javascript files > Files loaded through mozIJSSubScriptLoader.

All files that define parts of the same framework declare the same namespace object near their top. If the object doesn’t exist yet, they also create it, with any essential fields (using the same code in all those files).

For many frameworks the only essential field of the namespace object is db. Then all files of such framework start with a block like:

"use strict";

/** @type{object} A namespace-like object in the global scope.*/
var Drupal;
if( Drupal===undefined ) {
    Drupal= {
        /** @type {SeLiteData.Db}*/
        db: new SeLiteData.Db( SeLiteData.getStorageFromSettings() )

Adding custom roles

If you’d like to add custom roles, use e.g.

var commonSettings= SeLiteSettings.loadFromJavascript( 'extensions.selite-settings.common' );
commonSettings.getField( 'roles' ).addKeys( ['second-level-admin', 'auditor', 'contributor'] );

Creating a new framework

Look at source of existing frameworks - see AppsFrameworks.

Preserving special values in script DB

You may want your scripts to save special values in their DB. E.g. your framework could create or update users, generate random passwords for them and save those passwords in plain text (rather than encrypted), so that further runs could log in as those users.

When reloading script DB (via either button), you don’t want to override such special values from production/vanilla. SeLiteSettings can preserve them. Your framework needs to call SeLiteSettings.setTestDbKeeper() with an instance of SeLiteSettings.TestDbKeeper.Columns (or with an instance of a custom subclass of SeLiteSettings.TestDbKeeper).


The reason for those limitations is in code of SeLiteSettings.setTestDbKeeper().

One stage GUI configuration

This is only enabled for Core extensions that come with SeLite, but not for frameworks. It enables the extension to add custom configuration fields, or to add custom options for existing configuration fields. Those new fields or new options (keys) are available in SettingsInterface immediately after start of Firefox. That is different to fields or options added by frameworks, loaded through Bootstrap, which have effect only after running the first Selenese command.

It requires that the extension is packaged as a Firefox add-on, rather than loaded through Bootstrap. The add-on has to be installed from an .xpi package, or through a proxy file as per InstallFromSource. It has to have SeLiteExtensionSequencerManifest.js with preActivate handler, where it adds any custom fields. See its source in e.g. Auto Check online selite/auto-check/src/chrome/content/SeLiteExtensionSequencerManifest.js or offline at chrome:// URL chrome://selite-auto-check/content/SeLiteExtensionSequencerManifest.js.