Overriding the SendKeys Selenium 2 Webdriver

Here is a function I have written that checks if an element is present and then executes the Type/SendKeys command.

public void type(String xpath, String value)
{ if (driver.FindElement(By.XPath(xpath))!=null)
Console.WriteLine("The element is not found: " + xpath);

Using the function in the test script.

type("//input[@name='p']", "Selenium Wiki");

How to add proxy setting to webdriver

I had to run the Webdriver scripts on a Firefox and I had to use a particular proxy to get access to the QA/Dev environment. Here is the code that you can use to change the proxy settings.

FirefoxProfile firefoxProfile = new FirefoxProfile();
firefoxProfile.setPreference("network.proxy.type", 1);
firefoxProfile.setPreference("network.proxy.http", "");
firefoxProfile.setPreference("network.proxy.http_port", 80);
firefoxProfile.setPreference("network.proxy.ssl", "");
firefoxProfile.setPreference("network.proxy.ssl_port", 80);
firefoxProfile.setPreference("network.proxy.no_proxies_on", "");
driver = new FirefoxDriver(firefoxProfile);

Make changes to the PROXY_HOST – “” and the PROXY_PORT – 80. The PROXY_PORT is an Integer and PROXY_HOST is a String.

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Using Selenium IsSomethingSelected

Here is an example of using Selenium IsSomethingSelected. This example is written is Visual Studio C#.

string selectedLabel = selenium.GetSelectedLabel("ctl00_WebsiteId");
string selectedItem = selenium.GetSelectedValue("ctl00_WebsiteId");
catch (Exception e)

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Using Selenium WaitForCondition

In this example I will tell you how you can use selenium WaitForCondition command. Below is the code for waitForElementPresent. You can do the same with WaitForCondition and pass the element id.
Here I will waiting for element “//div[@id=’ctl00_contentSection_LoginPanel’]/h2” then once the element is found continue with testing other things.
This is waitForElementPresent code for element “//div[@id=’ctl00_contentSection_LoginPanel’]/h2”

for (int second = 0;; second++) {
if (second >= 60) Assert.Fail("timeout");
if (selenium.IsElementPresent
catch (Exception)

Alternatively you can use WaitForCondition command and to do the same thing as waitForElementPresent but in a single line.

(\"//div[@id='ctl00_contentSection_LoginPanel']/h2\")", "60000");

Thought the code is in C# the command that we are using is selenium.isElementPresent which is Java selenium command. If you use selenium.IsElementPresent you will get the following error “Selenium.SeleniumException : selenium.IsElementPresent is not a function”