Rapise Visual Language Editor
How to Open¶
Use the RVL button on the main toolbar to open an RVL (
.rvl.xlsx) file. The file will be opened by the RVL Editor in the Content View.
Editor has support for all RVL statements including
RVL is a recordable language. Rapise recorder is translates captured actions to objects stored in the object repository and a set of actions. Each recorded chunk may be inserted into desired place in the selected sheet:
In addition to recording one may use RVL editor for authoring scripts. You may drag&drop actions from the Object Tree into the RVL. Also RVL editor is both keyboard and mouse friendly. You may either type whole or parts of commands and rely on auto-completion OR simply select a dropdown in each cell of the row.
When writing or modifying a script it is recommended to go left-to-right for script creation.
RVL Editor supports Auto completions. For example, if you type
I in the flow column:
And hit Tab key the whole If statement is created:
Note: Tab is a trigger for auto-completion. If you use cursor keys or mouse to leave the cell then auto completion will not be executed.
If you go to last line and change End with ElseIf
then alternative branch is appended:
Similar logic works for Params, Conditions, Maps, Loops, Assertions and so on.
Disabling Cell Auto Correction¶
Sometimes autocompletion prevents one from entering a desired value. For example, you have a global object
navigator and typing it into the Object columns automatically changes it to
The solution is to enter the cell for editing text and pressing
F2. It will disable all autocompletion for this cell and then you may type any value.
When you select an action from the list RVL Editor automatically fills default action params. For example, if we choose:
And press Tab after
DoLaunch RVL Editor fills default param:
DoLaunch has one required parameter
cmdLine. Also it has a number of optional parameters. They are not added by default to make script more concise. However, you may need all or some of them. So you may add them by pressing
Params button on RVL Toolbar:
It is also possible to add params one-by-one using the dropdown in the ParamName column:
Password Param Value¶
Once column ParamType set to
password, ParamValue should be an encrypted string. Setting encrypted value is simple:
Change ParamType to
Type plain value to be encrypted into ParamValue.
Switch ParamType to
password- plain value becomes encrypted.
It is possible to define own list of dropdown values for any parameter. In most cases it is defined for custom functions.
For example, we may have function
SetState(stateCode) where we expect pre-defined limited set of state code values.
We may define dropdown for
stateName parameter, so that RVL editor suggest the following list:
The values for this dropdown are defined in the spreadsheet:
Moreover, we define a code for each state name, so it may be re-mapped in the implementation of the
SetState function using
Dropdown values are defined in file
Dropdowns.xlsx, that may be added to the test using theCreate/Spreadsheet... menu item.
The full key to find matching dropdown is
paramName. If not found, it will check
The dropdown may be defined in the current (next to
Main.rvl.xlsx), in parent test and so on up to the framework root (the folder pointed by the
RVL Editor always tries to find best match for dropdown column starting from nearest
Dropdowns.xlsx and climbing up to the framework root.
Dropdowns may also be mapped to other values. I.e. human-readable menu area names to learned object IDs, state names to state codes, element names to XPath statements and so on. This mapping is done by adjacent columns in
Dropdowns.xlsx. The mapping may be one to many, so we may define both state code, state order number, state capital for the same state name by adding corresponding columns.
Full Line Comments¶
Anything typed into the Type cell of the commented line is expanded to as many cells as needed to show the text. This is similar to the way Excel extends cell text across sibling empty cells:
- Find '
<object>' in Object Tree - this menu item is only available when you click on the cell from the Object column.
- Flash '
<object>' - flash the object.
- Show XPath/Location for '
<object>' - show the location string for the object.
- Rename '
<object>'... - rename object in the object repository and fix all references in the current sheet.
- Play This Sheet - execute actions from the active sheet.
- Play Selection - execute selected range of actions only. Useful for tweaking tricky actions and checking the result immediately.
- Play From Here - start execution at selected line and proceed until the end. Useful to continue script from the point where it stopped.
- Ins Row - insert new row before the active one.
- Del Row - delete all selected rows.
- Cut, Copy, Paste - standard clipboard operations.
- Clear in Selection - clears cell values in selected region.
- Select All Rows - select full sheet.
- Insert Selected Rows Here - clone rows at the current location.
- Move Selected Rows Here - move rows to the current location.
- Copy Selection as Text - put selected range as tab-separated text to the clipboard.
- Wrap Selection Info If - enclose selected range into branch.
- Wrap Selection Into Loop - enclose selected range into loop.
- Extract Selection as new Sheet - make new sheet and move selected range into it.
Sheet Tab Context Menu¶
- Play this Sheet - execute given sheet.
- Rename... - change sheet tab name.
- Remove Sheet '
<sheet name>' - delete sheet form the workbook.
- Copy RVL DoPlaySheet - copy call statement for the selected sheet for inserting into the other RVL sheet in the same workbook.
- Copy RVL DoPlaySheet - copy call statement for the selected sheet for inserting into the other RVL workbook.
Suppose we have some functions defined in the
Functions Object. It is not available in the object repository and is only shown in RVL Objects dropdown:
Once selected it shows all user defined functions from the
RVL has following file extensions:
RVL is designed to be a simple grid language and it may be edited in any spreadsheet editor supporting
.xlsx files (i.e. Microsoft Excel)
RVL Editor Shortcuts¶
- Shift+Enter - inserts an empty line after the selected cell.
- Ctrl+D - deletes the line of the selected cell.
- Ctrl+P - reveals optional parameters for an action in the current line, acts as click on
Paramsbutton on the RVL toolbar.
Since Rapise 6.7 you may use RVL Toolbox to quickly find RVL snippets, KB articles and documentation links. The toolbox is located on the right side of the RVL editor.
The toolbox consists of three parts.
- Search field. Enter text here to filter the list of items.
- List of items. Select an item to preview. Some of the items can be dragged right into RVL area.
- Preview pane. It has description of selected item. Click links to get more information.
If you select an item in the toolbox and see a yellow box with text
Drag selected item to insert into RVL you may drag the item to RVL area.
There is also and advanced way of using the toolbox:
- Start typing what you want to do in Actions column (the line must be empty),
- then hit Enter and choose an item from the list using arrow keys,
- then hit Enter again to insert the snippet into RVL.
If you want to keep the toolbox hidden then unpin it.
Move mouse over the Toolbox label to reveal the list of items.