So what is magellan and what does it do? Magellan is a web testing tool that embraces the discoverable nature of the web.
What does that mean practically? Simply put it is a web crawler written in ruby that has 2 rake tasks built around it:
The first task will explore sites by following //script[@src] //img[@srg] and //a[@href] tags and look for documents that return http status codes of 4** or 5**. The second task lets you specify a url pattern and an expected link to look for if the current url matches that pattern. For example you can say product pages should contain a link to /sizing.html or that all pages should contain a link to /about_us.html.
Can magellan help you?
I see magellan being able to help two groups of people, those whom have low test coverage and would like an easy way to get started in testing their web application.
The second group I see magellan being able to help is those moving towards/practicing continuous deployment. Magellan can supplement your existing tests/continuous integration process with exploratory testing to find any broken links/missing documents, or verify the interconnectedness of your resources.
How does magellan replace selenium or watir?
Interested in giving it a go?
Because magellan leverages the agreed semantics of the web to crawl your site, getting started with it could not be easier. You can find install instructions and examples at: github
Your feedback is welcome at: rubyforge