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Getting Started with PhantomJS

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  • Explore the possibilities of PhantomJS development and make use of a headless browser
  • Understand PhantomJS’ core features and API
  • Manipulate the DOM properties of web pages using scripts
  • Interact with web pages using PhantomJS scripts
  • Learn how to emulate keyboards and mouse actions
  • Work with geolocation services with PhantomJS
  • Build scripts that will create web sites snapshots
  • Create and implement PhantomJS custom modules
  • Use PhantomJS to perform headless testing with Jasmine

PhantomJS is a headless WebKit browser with JavaScript API that allows you to create new ways to automate web testing. PhantomJS is currently being used by a large number of users to help them integrate headless web testing into their development processes. It also gives you developers a new framework to create web-based applications, from simple web manipulation to performance measurement and monitoring.

A step step-by by-step guide that will help you develop new tools for solving web and testing problems in an effective and quick way. The book will teach you how to use and maximize PhantomJS to develop new tools for web scrapping, web performance measurement and monitoring, and headless web testing. This book will help you understand PhantomJS’ scripting API capabilities and strengths.

This book starts by looking at PhantomJS’ JavaScript API, features, and basic execution of scripts. Throughout the book, you will learn details to help you write scripts to manipulate web documents and fully create a web scrapping tool.

Through its practical approach, this book strives to teach you by example, where each chapter focuses on the common and practical usage of PhantomJS, and how to extract meaningful information from the web and other services.

By the end of the book, you will have acquired the skills to enable you to use PhantomJS for web testing, as well as learning the basics of Jasmine, and how it can be used with PhantomJS.

  • Writing scripts that can interact directly with web services and pages
  • Interacting with social media websites using PhantomJS scripts
  • Creating web-based test scripts and running them in a headless browser
Page Count 140
Course Length 4 hours 12 minutes
Date Of Publication 25 Nov 2013


Aries Beltran

Aries Beltran is a software developer located in Manila, Philippines. He works as an architect and R&D developer for financial businesses using web and enterprise technologies. He is currently developing new tools to provide real-time insights. He is interested in playing around with cutting-edge HTML5 development and mobile visualization. When he isn't coding, he likes to take photos of his daughter, Tara, who is his favorite model.