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  • Blog Post: Cross browser testing on Firefox with Visual Studio 2010 UI automation

    Cross browser testing on IE and FireFox is now supported in Visual Studio Test Tools with the release of the UI automation plugin for Mozilla Firefox . The primary scenario we want to target with the plugin is that you record a test in IE, and play the same test back in Firefox. In VS2010, you can...
  • Blog Post: Hey – who’s the tester anyway?

    When I talk to customers about using test tools, often enough, there are widely varying expectations on what the tool needs to do. Predictably, the generalist testers want a simple, easy to use tool that lets them write and run test cases manually, the automation engineers want all that plus a tool that...
  • Blog Post: Scaling up your CUIT UI automation for real world projects

    One of the complaints that we heard often from Coded UI test users in Beta2 was that the coded UI tests could not scale up to large projects. The single UI map that contained all the UI elements and recorded methods would quickly become unwieldy and confusing to use. To address that problem, we introduced...
  • Blog Post: Running tests in mstest without installing the VS IDE

    Yes, you CAN run your unit tests or any other VS test type on a machine without having Visual Studio IDE installed on that machine. You need the Visual Studio Team Agent to be installed on your test machine to run your tests. This is a 15 min lightweight install and is pretty easy to configure . Those...
  • Blog Post: What’s new for testers doing UI automation in VS 2010 Beta2?

    We are back in Beta2 with a bunch of new stuff in Coded UI test for UI automation testers. First up, the code generation in Coded UI test has been changed to structure the code in a much more usable and intuitive way: 1. All the UI elements you interact with, whether part of recording or added from the...
  • Blog Post: Using regular expressions to locate controls in Coded UI Test

    When testing UI applications, you often want to locate a control on the app under test that has dynamic properties. For instance, when you login into a website, there may be a link/label on the first page that says “Welcome user, UserName1”. Now this username is going to change as per the user that logged...
  • Blog Post: But will the dog eat the dog food?

    Since I am a tester on the Test edition of VSTS - I get this q a lot of times: "Do you use VSTST for testing VSTST?" And the answer is "You bet, I do!" :) As you might know already, this is called " Dogfooding ". Many Microsoft products are dogfooded extensively before release - Vista, MSN Search, Visual...
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