Not sure if this is the right place to ask this but here is my question:
I want to build a desktop application that will run on Windows and Mac. The application’s purpose is to connect to a website, log in using username and password info, browse to a page on the site, fill a form and submit it. This is to automate a certain task that I am doing repeatedly on my site.
My question is, for such an application, which platform would be the best choice for me to build upon? I am considering Adobe Air as an option but I haven’t decided yet as I don’t know if it can do what I need. Also heard about TideSDK.
If you are connecting to a website and interacting [solely?] with the website, why must this be a Desktop Application?
You are adding the overhead of an Installation, Update/Maintenance, dealing with Anti-Virus and Firewall interference and the [paranoid] Users’ concern about security of a “foreign” application.
Using scripting languages (like Python or Ruby; both of which can be installed on Windows) you could ‘automate’ this operation in the background.
Air will work though that requires installing another toolkit. Java is also an option. Mono could work as well though you might have framework installation requirements. GTK+ + python could be interesting as well.
“The application’s purpose is to connect to a website, log in using username and password info, browse to a page on the site, fill a form and submit it.”
I mean, the application will have a user interface, fields to enter info, then when I click a button, it will go to my site, log in, go to a specific page, fill a form based on the info I entered and submit.
Another solution is to use http://docs.seleniumhq.org/ Selenium Web Driver. Personally, I haven’t used it but seems to satisfy your requirements. It’s free as well. Here’s the description
Selenium automates browsers. That’s it! What you do with that power is entirely up to you. Primarily, it is for automating web applications for testing purposes, but is certainly not limited to just that. Boring web-based administration tasks can (and should!) also be automated as well.