I am automating a signup form for web application and there is a date of birth field which has date-picker on it. I am sending values in it by using sendKeys and the problem is that Year is not populating while day and month are populating successfully. I have tried changing date formats (like dd-mm-yyyy,mm-dd-yyyy etc) but still no use. Please check my code given below:

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    Can you manually enter the same value for date of birth? There may be an allowed age range that is blocking the year value of 2017.
    – Kate Paulk
    Jul 17, 2018 at 13:09

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After I tried changing formats different ways to enter the dates and nothing I did solve my problem, I remembered that the date picker is a JS widget, so I looked up a way to use Javascript with Selenium.

I think that the Selenium methods weren't able to work with the Javascript in the date picker so the values I was entering didn't work correctly. When I changed to use the Selenium Javascript Executor, I didn't have that problem.

This is the code I found that works for the date picker.

JavascriptExecutor js = (JavascriptExecutor)driver;      
  • If you could expand on your answer to explain why you think you needed to go to the JavascriptExecutor, then mark this as accepted, that would be good. I can think of a few reasons why you would need this, but without that information, your question and answer won't be as helpful as they could be.
    – Kate Paulk
    Jul 17, 2018 at 14:55
  • Also note this is not replicating user action, and wouldn't necessarily trigger any JS behavior attached to the field. Jul 17, 2018 at 18:02
  • @KatePaulk could you please explain reasons for using this? I tried changing formats and everything but nothing solved my problem, so I just looked over and found this code which solved it. I think the main reason to use this is that datepicker is in JS so you need a JS interface to execute JS in selenium. Your help will be appreciated as I am just a beginner in automation. Thanks!
    – Abdullah
    Jul 18, 2018 at 8:39
  • I've edited your answer to include the information from your comment. Feel free to edit if I misread what you were saying.
    – Kate Paulk
    Jul 18, 2018 at 11:41
  • @KatePaulk thanks! that's exactly what I did!
    – Abdullah
    Jul 18, 2018 at 12:32

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