YUI Test case subclass useful for functional testing

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A Y.Test.Case subclass useful for functional tests, typically with arrow.


Functional tests require a lot of waiting around in multiple steps of a single scenario. This can quickly get cumbersome when using yuitest because of all the nested wait and resume calls riddled with custom timeouts that do not scale from a maintenance viewpoint.

Also, functional tests require some semblance of sanity with respect to how input events are simulated. This module aims to address this issue as well with a set of functions that can help with consistent simulation of inputs and a cleaner abstract API for this.


Think of every functional test as an asynchronous, callback-driven test that has exactly one wait and resume. The meat of the test case executes a series of asynchronous functions chained together with callbacks in the manner of async.series. The timeout for the test case is automatically calculated as the sum of the worst-case timeouts for every individual step.

A simple example

/*globals YUI */
YUI.add("my-functional-test-module", function (Y) {
    Y.Test.Runner.add(new Y.Test.FunctionalTestCase({
        "should test an ajax page with appropriate waits": function () {
            // assuming we are running on the page that is loaded
            // run a bunch of stuff in order and perform some assertions at the end
                // write to console log
                debug('Starting test').
                // wait for an element to show up and be visible in the DOM, and click it
                // now wait for a secondary element to show up
                // fill in some fields
                setValue("#overlay-title", "Foo bar").
                setValue("#overlay-description", "My giant foobar").
                // submit the data
                // wait for form to be posted for a fixed amount of time
                // now assert the state of the page using an arbitrary function
                // note that this synchronous function with arity 0 is
                // automatically turned into an async function
                add(function assertions() {
                    Y.Assert.areEqual("Foo bar", Y.one("ul.list li .name").get("innerHTML"));
                    Y.Assert.areEqual("My giant foobar", Y.one("ul.list li.desc").get("innerHTML"));
            // note that there should be no code beyond this point since the above is executed
            // asynchronously and code here will immediately execute before the prior steps
            // are complete
}, "0.1", {requires: [ "functional-test-case" ]});

Under the covers

Every sugar function found under this.batch() is a generator that returns a function accepting a single callback. The returned function also has a timeout attribute that represents the worst-case timeout of the step. The run method accumulates these timeouts and uses the final value as the timeout for the single test.wait call. The test.resume call simply asserts that no errors were returned by the last step executed.

Since thrown exceptions are turned into callback errors, all exceptions including assertions will be returned to the resume function for friendly error reporting.


batch = this.batch([defaults])

returns a TestBatch object that has a chainable API to add multiple steps, each being a function to be executed.

defaults is an optional object with the following supported properties:

  • timeout: the default timeout in milliseconds for steps that wait, when an explicit timeout has not been specified (global default is 10 seconds)
  • shortWait: the default amount of time in milliseconds for waiting after mouse clicks etc. (global default is 100ms)
  • poll: the default polling interval in milliseconds for steps that poll, when an explicit interval has not been specified (global default is 200ms)

batch.add(f [, millis])

adds an execution step. The first argument may be a function or another Batch to be run.

  • When a function has arity 0, it is assumed to be synchronous and wrapped with an async wrapper
  • When a function has arity 1, it is assumed to be one that accepts a single callback argument.

The optional millis parameter specifies the expected worst-case runtime of the function in milliseconds. This is only honored when you pass a function as the first argument. When ths first argument is a Batch, it already has an expected worst-case runtime associated with it based on the functions that it calls.


creates a secondary batch with potentially different default configuration to which steps may be added. Note that this secondary batch is not automatically added as a step for this one. You need to add it explicitly.


runs all the functions added to the batch in series, asynchronously under the wait and resume methods of the test associated with this batch.

Subsequent method descriptions should be read as adds an asynchronous function that ...


waits for timeout milliseconds or for a default interval (typically 10 seconds).

batch.waitUntil(testFn [, timeout [, pollInterval]])

waits up to a maximum of timeout milliseconds, polling every pollInterval milliseconds running the testFn each time. Returns when the the test function returns true or errors when the timeout is exhausted.

batch.waitForElement(selector [,timeout [, pollInterval]])

waits for the DOM node represented by the selector to be present and visible in the DOM tree and errors when the timeout is exhausted.


generates a click event on the selector and waits for a small amount of time before returning. Errors when no node matching the selector is found.

This uses the node-event-simulate YUI module to generate a series of events including mousedown, mouseup etc. to trigger event handlers that may be listening on these events.

batch.setValue(selector, value)

sets value as value of the node represented by selector and waits for a small amount of time before returning. Errors when no node matching the selector is found.

This uses the node-event-simulate YUI module to generate a series of events including keydown, keyup etc. to trigger event handlers that may be listening on these events.

Currently only text input elements are supported by this method.

batch.waitAndClick(selector [, timeout])

combination of waitForElement and click executed in series.

Creating your own sugar functions

Custom sugar functions may be created using the extend method exposed as a class method of the Batch class available as Y.Test.FunctionalTestCase.Batch

/*globals YUI */
YUI.add('test-helpers', function (Y) {
    var Batch = Y.Test.FunctionalTestCase.Batch;

    Batch.extend('waitForSuccessfulExecution', function () {
        // return an inner batch in which you can do complex stuff
        // `this` refers to the current Batch instance that is calling this method
        // the example below waits for a success overlay to popup and then
        // dismisses it
        return this.createBatch().
            waitForElement('#popup .close').
            click('#popup .close');

}, "0.1", { requires: [ 'functional-test-case' ]});

Now a test method can use this sugar method in its chain as in:

        setValue('#overlay-field', '1000').
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