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  • Blog Post: Industrial Strength Exploratory Testing - part 3

    Let's pick up mythbusting from where we left off Myth 2: There is no way to measure exploratory testing I have heard this often from test managers – “how do we measure testers’ productivity in exploratory testing?” Scripted testing allows for measuring rate of tests executed...
  • Blog Post: Reduce the size of test data in VS 2010 by avoiding publishing deployment binaries into TFS

    Over the past few weeks, we have heard a spate of complaints about TFS database being bloated with test data and growing in size rapidly with time. Running tests regularly generates different kinds of data in your TFS database, primary categories being: Deployment binaries - the pdbs and dlls that...
  • Blog Post: Guidance for Creating Test Plans and Test Suites

    Customers trying to start up with MTM newly, often ask for general guidance around how to start from scratch on a new project. Here is some guidance that we recently published in MSDN that should help answer exactly this question: When you use Microsoft Test Manager to create test plans and test suites...
  • Blog Post: Update on Silverlight UI automation release

    [Update on 11/14/2010] The Silverlight UI automation features are now released and available for public download here [Update on 11/7/2010] Last week at Dev Connections, we announced that the Silverlight UI automation tools will be available as part of the VS 2010 feature pack 2, slated to be released...
  • 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: Testing support for Silverlight apps in Visual Studio 2010

    Whenever we talk about platform coverage for UI automation one of the frequent requests is support for Silverlight app testing. We have been hard at work trying to cater to this need and here is an update on where we are with this roadmap. We are working on adding support for Silverlight controls...
  • Blog Post: Exploratory testing with Visual Studio Test Pro

    Exploratory testing(ET) as defined by Bach is simultaneous learning, test design and execution. It is a scientific style of testing that is very effective at finding defects early and fast. Yet, we don’t have specific test tools that support testers doing ET. Most test tools focus on scripted testing...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Visual Studio 2010 Test Tools

    Our team has been busy putting together content for the Test Tools in Visual Studio 2010, and here is a compilation of those resources including videos, walkthroughs, whitepapers and posts. Also listed are relevant blogs and twitter ids. Content index for Microsoft Test Manager is: Topic Link Walkthroughs...
  • Blog Post: Resources for Test Tools in Visual Studio 2010

    Our team has been busy putting together content for the Test Tools in Visual Studio 2010, and here is a compilation of those resources including videos, walkthroughs, whitepapers and posts. Also listed are relevant blogs and twitter ids. Content index for Microsoft Test Manager is: ...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 demos for testing tools – MTLM, CUIT and related features

    Our PM team has put together a great series of demo videos to illustrate the new set of features available for testers as part of VS2010. We will eventually post these on C9 and team sites, but I wanted to publish this now to let you guys get a quick dekko at the videos. Here you go: 1...
  • Blog Post: How to remove unwanted actions from the recording in Manual Test Runner/MTLM?

    If you were recording your application while doing manual testing inside MTLM, you must have come across a scenario where you wanted to clean up your recording by deleting a few unnecessary actions that were recorded inadvertently. In the example below, I illustrate a case where I opened msn.com and...
  • Blog Post: What's new for manual testers in VS2010 Beta2?

    I just gave a talk with the same title at Virtual Tech Days 2010. Deck and videos shared on my skydrive It's always fun to talk about your product. I n this session, voice was enabled only for the presenter - so it was kinda weird talking into the phone for an hour without hearing anything in return...
  • Blog Post: Video recording crashing your Test Manager in VSTS 2010 Beta1?

    Getting a video recording of your test to attach to the bug you file on your developer can be a really cool thing. And the Microsoft Test and Lab Manager tool makes it a breeze to do that. However, if your MTLM is crashing or erroring out when you try to pick up a recording,try the following: 1...
  • Blog Post: UI automation breaking due to window title changing each time?

    When testing UI applications, specially web apps, we frequently encounter the problem of window title changing with the state of the app or operations done on the app. For instance, when checking web mail, the title of the page could read “ Inbox(35) - Microsoft Internet Explorer ” where 35 really represents...
  • Blog Post: Your developer can never say "no repro" to your bug ever again!

    You have already used the bug tracking system (WIT) in TFS before. So, we integrated this bug tracking system with MTR so that you can file bugs with a single click from the runner itself. What's the big deal about this you might ask? Well, the big deal is that we not just create a bug for you from...
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