Waiting for page loads and AJAX requests to finish with Capybara
If you're using the Capybara webdriver, steps sometimes fail because the browser hasn't finished loading the next page yet, or it still has a pending AJAX request. You'll often see workarounds like
When I wait for the page to load Then ...
Workarounds like this do not work reliably, will result in flickering tests and should be avoided. There is no known reliable way to detect if the browser has finished loading the page.
Instead you should wait until you can observe the result of a page load. E.g. if you make an AJAX requests to populate autocomplete suggestions, wait until you can see the suggestions box:
wait_until do page.has_css?('.suggestions') end
You don't need to do this if you're using Spreewald's web steps, because the steps take care of this automatically. They do this by wrapping all assertions into a helper called
patiently do, like this:
Then /^I should see "([^\"]*)" in the HTML$/ do |text| patiently do page.body.should include(text) end end
This works by rerunning the inner block several times till it succeeds or a timeout is reached, when we're inside a
You're encouraged to use this for all of your own steps that check for page content. If a step does not actually access the
page object, they do not need this, of course.