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kalos

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web automation
« on: July 18, 2014, 11:48:43 AM »
hello

for Windows automation, Autohotkey seems quite powerful

but what about web automation? like simulate clicks, checks, web actions like select text, save text, save files, open links, etc

many years ago when I researched this field, there were limited options

Selenium, Greasemonkey, Chickenfoot, etc existed, but none had any straightforward powerful web automation approach, well developed as Autohotkey (with numerous commands and event triggers for pretty much everything)

any update?

thanks!

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Re: web automation
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 07:24:24 AM »
89 views and no one??????

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Re: web automation
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 09:26:36 AM »
I use a little with iMacros. But I consulted in the past and is not compilable.
Automation Anywhere is a expensive and professional solution. But is simple to learn and very assisted.
I think Automation Anywhere and Win Automation have simmilarities in the conceptual.
There are a lot of tools for the vast fields of SEO and managing the web.
I think the best way is an interactive tool able to recognize with OCR everything and a very visual environtment to develop.
The files like a txt with code is from The Stone Age.....
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Re: web automation
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2014, 06:59:04 AM »
Although I have not personally used it, it looks like Sahi has all of the features that you are looking for.

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Re: web automation
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2014, 07:18:35 AM »
Although I have not personally used it, it looks like Sahi has all of the features that you are looking for.
looks promising, thanks!

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Re: web automation
« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2014, 11:24:52 AM »
Although I have not personally used it, it looks like Sahi has all of the features that you are looking for.
I'll take a look too.
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Re: web automation
« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2014, 07:39:13 AM »
is there any other option?

I want to create my own standalone programs that automate webpages and secure them with password so that the source won't be visible! and sell them!

as I can do with AutoHotKey for desktop automation programs!

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Re: web automation
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2014, 08:43:44 AM »
is there any other option?

I want to create my own standalone programs that automate webpages and secure them with password so that the source won't be visible! and sell them!

as I can do with AutoHotKey for desktop automation programs!

I've done a lot of web automation in the past using Visual Studio. I don't know if that's an option for you. There are a few tricks that you need to know to get things smooth, but it does work.
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Re: web automation
« Reply #8 on: September 09, 2014, 04:03:45 PM »
help! I cannot even run Sahi! there is no .exe! isn't it a GUI?

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Re: web automation
« Reply #9 on: September 14, 2014, 07:27:52 AM »
is there any other option?

I want to create my own standalone programs that automate webpages and secure them with password so that the source won't be visible! and sell them!

as I can do with AutoHotKey for desktop automation programs!

I've done a lot of web automation in the past using Visual Studio. I don't know if that's an option for you. There are a few tricks that you need to know to get things smooth, but it does work.

how do you get VS to "see" a radio button or a text form in a website?

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Re: web automation
« Reply #10 on: September 14, 2014, 08:39:21 AM »
is there any other option?

I want to create my own standalone programs that automate webpages and secure them with password so that the source won't be visible! and sell them!

as I can do with AutoHotKey for desktop automation programs!

I've done a lot of web automation in the past using Visual Studio. I don't know if that's an option for you. There are a few tricks that you need to know to get things smooth, but it does work.

how do you get VS to "see" a radio button or a text form in a website?

Here's an example:

Code: C# [Select]
  1. // This is the basic method to use when a document loads. Expect problems and check StackExchange.
  2. private void webBrowser1_DocumentCompleted(object sender, WebBrowserDocumentCompletedEventArgs e)
  3. {
  4.         // Get a collection of all the kinds of elements that you want to look at.
  5.         // In this case, we're looking for <input> tags.
  6.         HtmlElementCollection collection = webBrowser1.Document.GetElementsByTagName("input");
  7.  
  8.         // Run through the collection and look for a specific element.
  9.         foreach (HtmlElement element in collection) {
  10.                
  11.                 // Check the name of the element.
  12.                 if (element.Name == "user") {
  13.                         element.InnerText = "kalos";
  14.                 }
  15.  
  16.                 // Check if the element has a specific attribute.
  17.                 if (element.GetAttribute("type") == "password") {
  18.                         this.Text = "Found it!";
  19.                         element.InnerText = "some password";
  20.                 }
  21.         }
  22. }
  23.  
  24. // This shows clicking a sbumit button.
  25. private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
  26. {
  27.         // Get a collection of all the kinds of elements that you want to look at.
  28.         // In this case, we're looking for <input> tags.
  29.         HtmlElementCollection collection = webBrowser1.Document.GetElementsByTagName("input");
  30.  
  31.         // Run through the collection and look for a specific element.
  32.         foreach (HtmlElement element in collection) {
  33.  
  34.                 // Check if the element has a specific attribute.
  35.                 if (element.GetAttribute("type") == "submit") {
  36.                         this.Text = "Found the submit button!";
  37.                         // This is how you click. It is not always 100% reliable.
  38.                         element.InvokeMember("Click");
  39.                 }
  40.         }
  41. }

Here's the compiled version:

* WebBrowserForKalos.zip (39.53 kB - downloaded 49 times.)

It should look like this:

Screenshot - 2014_09_14 , 11_38_32 PM.png

I think that should be enough to get you started.

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Re: web automation
« Reply #11 on: September 14, 2014, 08:58:07 AM »
thanks!