With increasing amounts of data available on the web and a diverse range of users interested in programmatically accessing that data, web automation must become easier. Automation helps users complete many tedious interactions, such as scraping data, completing forms, or transferring data between websites.
However, writing web automation scripts typically requires an expert programmer because the writer must be able to reverse engineer the target webpage. We have built a record and replay tool, Ringer, that makes web automation accessible to non-coders. Ringer takes a user demonstration as input and creates a script that interacts with the page as a user would.
This approach makes Ringer scripts more robust to webpage changes because user-facing interfaces remain relatively stable compared to the underlying webpage implementations. We evaluated our approach on benchmarks recorded on real webpages and found that it replayed 4x more benchmarks than a state-of-the-art replay tool.
Conference DayThu 3 NovDisplayed time zone: Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna change
15:40 - 17:20
|Computing Repair Alternatives for Malformed Programs using Constraint Attribute Grammars|
Friedrich SteimannFernuniversität, Jörg HagemannFernuniversität in Hagen, Bastian UlkeFernuniversität in HagenDOI Media Attached
|Probabilistic Model for Code with Decision Trees|
|Ringer: Web Automation by Demonstration|
Shaon BarmanUC Berkeley, Sarah E. ChasinsUniversity of California, Berkeley, Rastislav BodikUniversity of Washington, USA, Sumit GulwaniMicrosoft ResearchDOI Media Attached
|Scalable Verification of Border Gateway Protocol Configurations with an SMT Solver|
Konstantin WeitzUniversity of Washington, Doug WoosUniversity of Washington, Emina TorlakUniversity of Washington, Michael D. ErnstUniversity of Washington, Arvind KrishnamurthyUniversity of Washington, Zachary TatlockUniversity of Washington, SeattleDOI Media Attached