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  • 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: 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: Pricing for VS 2010 SKUs announced

    The pricing for the VS2010 SKUs are finally available. Check out the table below for retail prices Suggested Retail Pricing (USD) for Visual Studio 2010 With 1-Year MSDN Subscription* Product Buy Upgrade Buy Renew Visual Studio 2010...
  • Blog Post: Wanna know about VS2010 ALM in 5 mins?

    The VSTS Rangers have come up with this great set of content on VS2010 ALM that is basically intended to answer the q “Tell me about VS2010 ALM in 5 mins”. The Visual Studio 2010 Quick Reference Guidance consists of compact cheat sheets for Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2010 and Visual Studio (VS) 2010...
  • Blog Post: WPF controls not getting identified in Beta2 CUIT?

    Are you having trouble identifying a few of your WPF controls in Coded UI Test after upgrading to Beta2 or getting a warning during recording? You need to install the automation api 3.0 on the client to get CUIT to identify the virtualized controls in WPF. Note that this update gets automatically downloaded...
  • Blog Post: Designing the Coded UI Test Builder

    The Coded UI test interface has undergone a redesign in Beta2 to make it easier and more intuitive. While designing this UI, we went through a common dilemma – do we need this to be a guided flow or a choice of operations, all available in parallel? So, is this a wizard or a toolbar? The basic flows...
  • Blog Post: Testing Silverlight applications with VSTS 2010 – coded UI, MTLM and web tests

    Lately, we’ve been asked by some of our users if they can use VSTS 2010 test features to test their Silverlight apps. Well, web tests will still work on Silverlight web apps since they don’t operate at a control level, but functional tests that require to identify the control type and act on each control...
  • Blog Post: Latest trends in software testing

    Check out this article in ITMagz.com that covers the latest trends in software testing. This is written by our very own industry expert, Tanuj Vohra that runs the Program Management team for VSTT. Virtualization testing is something that has taken off pretty well lately - and we have been using it...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Odds and ends

    So, we've been heads down building the latest Rosario CTP of VSTT for you guys. Some good new stuff heading your way... more details when we release it ;-) Meanwhile, like you must be knowing already, Orcas is on it's way to RTM . VSTT has some great stuff lined up on the load testing side - do check...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Rosario for VSTT: Manual Test Runner

    Manual Test Runner (MTR) is one of the key portions of Rosario with which we are hoping to capture the imagination of the manual tester and make her life much easier than it currently is. The primary intent of the MTR is to help the manual tester create an actionable bug with which the developer is much...
  • Blog Post: What's new in Rosario for VSTT: Test case management

    Rosario has test case management in a full fledged fashion as part of the VSTST feature set. So, now test cases are first class citizens in the VSTS world with them having their own exclusive test case manager tool window inside the IDE. Test cases are a separate work item type with pre-defined fields...
  • Blog Post: Rosario is here!

    If you still(!!!) haven't heard , Rosario CTP is out in the form of a VPC here :) Doug's whitepaper should give you enough info to take it out for a spin. Manual Test Runner(MTR) is a key part of the CTP. It is a tool designed to help manual testers to load up their test plans and execute those with...
  • Blog Post: We signed off on the first CTP release for Rosario

    Rosario is the next in line version for Team System after Orcas. And we are doing this CTP when Orcas has not even RTM-ed yet! Isn't that pretty cool? It's been a bit crazy managing multiple releases, but then, we want Rosario to hit the shelves in a short time after Orcas releases - faster new release...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Team System how-to videos up on asp.net

    There are some really sweet videos over on the asp.net site to help kick start users of VSTS. The videos are typically 8-10 minutes long and to-the-point. Very useful for those that are looking for quick starters or help with a specific scenario. Personally, I love these kind of videos as compared to...
  • Blog Post: TechMela, ahoy!

    TechMela is the "biggest technical event of the year" in India and will replace the Tech Ed events that Microsoft traditionally had in many cities in India. I'll be part of a VSTT talk on 16th June, specifically talking more about how we use our own Team System features internally. Brian Harry does a...
  • Blog Post: Using Team Build with VSS or your own source control

    So - you saw Team Build and liked it's cool features that show which check ins went into the build, what work items were resolved in the checkins that went in, running unit tests as part of the build process and displaying results in that nifty little table on the build report. But, what if you have...
  • Blog Post: I can't figure out it's a configuration based property!! Can you?

    Many times, I have been fooled as Andrew has been. In fact, the same error has been reported more than twice from different channels where users had no idea where they were wrong. The properties in the Code Analysis tab of the project properties is as shown. As a new user, I won't pay much attention...
  • Blog Post: A separate milestone for quality? I thought we built quality into the product in all milestones...

    For the uninitiated, MQ or Milestone Quality is the newest experiment at Dev Tools. This is a milestone that happens right before the beginning of a new product cycle (which usually starts with M0). This period is supposed to be used to build the right engineering processes, infrastructure and tools...
  • Blog Post: How to: Customize the build process

    After hearing this q a zillion times, I have finally gathered enough enthu to post an entry on this. In fact, this is one of my favourite features in Team Build – the ability to plug in custom tasks at any point in the build process. The tfsbuild.proj project file contains only properties grouped...
  • Blog Post: Running code analysis during the build process

    Of late, I have been hearing qs around code analysis facility in Team Build and how to use it. Team Build can run code analysis on your projects during the build process. Here is a short dump on the feature... Code analysis operates in 3 modes for Team Build: Default : If your project settings...
  • Blog Post: Automated nightly build - to schedule or not to schedule Team Build

    Last week when I was checking out a scheduled build feature of some other product, I remembered that this was a post that I had written earlier but I hadn't posted yet... Users of Team Build have asked about how to schedule a build at regular intervals automatically using Team Build. The answer was...
  • Blog Post: Building setup projects with Team Build and running tests on product install

    Setup projects (.vdproj) do not have a project system format that can be understood by MSBuild. Hence MSBuild cannot build these projects directly and consequently neither can Team Build. What we can do however is use the devenv /build command to build the vdproj files and generate msi installers. As...
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