Watir Adds Support for Modal Dialogs
Users of Watir are very passionate about how great it is. Its users are primarily QA people comfortable with more programming-like approaches to testing, but has also been used in ways other than testing. For example, at ThoughtWorks, people have posted Watir scripts for both posting and verifying payment of expense reports using our internal web-based system.
Agile folks tend to love Watir too, because it can be used as the foundation for automated acceptance testing.
According to Brett Pettichord, testing expert and author of Watir:
About a year ago, it became clear that one of the major limitations of Watir was its lack of support for modal web dialogs. These are IE-specific popup windows that are drawn with the
showModalDialogcommand. Unlike ordinary web popups, modals block access to the original web page until they are closed. You don't see them much on public web sites: they aren't compatable with non-IE browsers and and are arguably an example of poor user interface design. But they are very common with enterprise applications because they are easier to code. And these happen to be the kinds of applications that people often want to test with Watir.
Besides Rails, Watir is probably one of the most common first exposures of people to the Ruby language. If you have Ruby and RubyGems installed already, trying it out is as easy as typing gem install watir
Ralph Winzinger Nov 25, 2014