Error when using the same browser instance for several features on Cucumber
I have a problem creating browser instances for Cucumber drivers. If i create the object on env.rb inside the “Before do” as:
Before do @browser = Watir::Browser.new 'firefox' end
…works fine, opening a new browser for each feature and closing it on the “After do”.
That slows the execution because a new browser starts and closes every feature. But if i create the @browser out of the “Before do” in order to have the same browser session for all the features, i have the following error:
**Unable to pick a platform for the provided browser (RuntimeError)**
...launching no test at all. I'm using the page-objects gem, ruby-on-rails...
Can you tell me please what am i doing wrong? Thank you so much!
I am not exactly sure where the error you are getting is coming from, but I would guess it is is a scope issue. If you declare @browser just in env.rb (not in the hook), then @browser will be nil in your steps.
Alister Scott had a good example of setting up to only open the browser once (http://watir.com/2011/01/22/simple-cucumber-watir-page-object-pattern-framework/).
Basically you want the following (noting which variables are browser vs @browser):
browser = Watir::Browser.new 'firefox' Before do @browser = browser end at_exit do browser.close end