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expect-lite: Automation for the rest of us by Craig Miller

Craig Miller (cvmiller@gmail.com)


Developers can always use a tool that will save money and keep the boss happy. Automation boosts efficiency while skipping drudgery. But how to implement automation for the rest of us without slowing down the real work of developing software? Introducing expect-lite. Written in expect, it is designed to directly map an interactive terminal session into an automation script. As easy as cutting and pasting text from a terminal window into a script, and adding '>' and '<' characters to the beginning of each line with advanced features to take you further. No knowledge of expect is required!

In this presentation, you'll get an introduction to expect-lite, including applications where complex testing environments can be solved with just a few lines of expect-lite code. Although expect-lite is targeted at the software verification testing environment, its use is not limited to this environment, and it has been used world-wide for several years in router configuration, Macintosh application development, and FPGA testing. expect-lite can be found at: http://expect-lite.sf.net/



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