Auto Populating parametized attributes

LegacyForumLegacyForum Posts: 1,669 ✭✭
edited December 2016 in SOAtest
We're using the populate to map large (and small) tests. I've not been able to find an Xpath that will auto-populate an attribute. e.g.

We have an element to ship:

<MyDt myattr="true">2008-03-11</MyDt>

After a populate with the following fields:

Record/MyDt/myattr
Record/MyDtXL
Record/MyDt

The test will populate as follows:

CODE

Use Data Source: Exclude with empty string [Record/MyDtXL]

X myattr [Fixed] _________

[Parameterized] [Record/MyDt]



When we really wanted the "myattr" to be parametized to "Record/MyDt/myattr"

our "myattr" is pretty much the same name across 100's of elements, so an Xpath of some sort is requisite
Is there a format that will work?

Roxanne
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  • LegacyForumLegacyForum Posts: 1,669 ✭✭
    When including attributes of elements in the xpath, the character is used to indicate it's an attribute. In your example it should be Record/MyDt@myattr

    A tip for future reference is to use the XML Transformer which provides you the GUI interface to create XPaths. For example you could create a Messaging Client or SOAP Client and use Literal XML view and paste in the XML content:

    <Record>
    <MyDt myattr="true">2008-03-11</MyDt>
    </Record>

    And put in a valid endpoint, for example: http://www.foo.com

    Attach the XML Transformer to the Request. Run the test, and go to the XML Transformer and click on myattr and add it. Click modify and copy and paste the XPath that's been generated. In this case the XML transformer will generate a namespace aware XPath, you could modify it if you wish, but in essence it will provide you with the correct syntax/structure of the desired XPath.

    We're using the populate to map large (and small) tests. I've not been able to find an Xpath that will auto-populate an attribute. e.g.

    We have an element to ship:

    <MyDt myattr="true">2008-03-11</MyDt>

    After a populate with the following fields:

    Record/MyDt/myattr
    Record/MyDtXL
    Record/MyDt

    The test will populate as follows:

    CODE

    Use Data Source: Exclude with empty string [Record/MyDtXL]

    X myattr [Fixed] _________

    [Parameterized] [Record/MyDt]



    When we really wanted the "myattr" to be parametized to "Record/MyDt/myattr"

    our "myattr" is pretty much the same name across 100's of elements, so an Xpath of some sort is requisite
    Is there a format that will work?

    Roxanne
  • LegacyForumLegacyForum Posts: 1,669 ✭✭

    When including attributes of elements in the xpath, the character is used to indicate it's an attribute. In your example it should be Record/MyDt@myattr

    aha! [duh] thx

    having implemented it... I have found that it has to be

    Record/MyDt/@myattr

    for the populate to find and use it.

    A tip for future reference is to use the XML Transformer which provides you the GUI interface to create XPaths.
    ...
    In this case the XML transformer will generate a namespace aware XPath, you could modify it if you wish,

    good information. I was familiar with the Transformer from prior work, we used it to ALTER certain values, but hadn't noticed how to use it to generate REQUEST Xpaths..

    thx for fixing this one for me.

    Roxanne
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