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I am trying to prepare a POC using Sikuli. Can any one suggest me what is the best approach to use Sikuli for a windows based application ? Should I use Java with Eclipse or the Sikuli IDE itself?

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Last time I've used Sikuli, I concluded the following: Sikuli IDE's one (and almost only) benefit was that it interpreted image paths as images allowing for a nicely looking code mixed with actual images. The IDE though missed a lot of features other IDEs offer from out of the box.

How to use Sikuli together with other IDE’s documentation page mentions NetBeans and Eclipse, but I would first try Intellij IDEA IDE from JetBrains.

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I think the best option is using sikuli with any programming language.

Benifits

  • learning sikuli is not difficult (To run basic sikuli programme you need to learn only a few methods like click, find)

  • You can learn more about sikuli and java when you coding sikuli with any programming language.

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I don't really think there is much of a difference for a proof of concept. The IDE might be easier to set up. But the IDE would be limited if you decided to move forward using Sikuli. A full featured programming IDE, like Eclipse, or intellij, would give you the benefit of static code analysis, auto-completion, debugging capabilities, version control tools, plugins, dependency management, etc.

All of these would be desirable if you end up integrating Sikuli with other automation frameworks or libraries.

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...for windows based application?

Sikuli was already mentioned. Just to add another option: For screenshot-based Windows desktop automation there is also SeeShell. Unlike Sikuli, it is not cross-platform, but optimized for Windows which brings a deeper platform integration. So if one only needs to work on Windows, it can be a good option.

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