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  • 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: UI automation for Silverlight apps now available in feature pack 2 for VS 2010

    Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is now available to MSDN subscribers. The feature pack contains some much awaited bits with which you can: Use Microsoft Test Manager to capture and playback action recordings for Silverlight 4 applications. Create coded UI tests for Silverlight 4 applications with Visual...
  • 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: Walkthrough: Using multiple Coded UI maps in test automation

    This post will continue the previous post of Scaling up your CUIT UI automation for real world projects and walkthrough a sample test project using multiple UI maps. For this walkthrough, I illustrate writing tests for an e-business website called TailSpin Toys that is an asp.net web application. The...
  • 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: 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: 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: How to simulate more than 250 virtual users on Load Test in VS2010 Beta2?

    VS2010 Beta2 comes with a default license of only 250 virtual users per client. So, if you want to run a load test that needs to simulate more than 250 virtual users, you need to install an additional VU pack. As written in Ed’s blog , the easiest way to install an extra VU pack is to install a controller...
  • Blog Post: What apps and browsers does Coded UI test work on?

    Here is a snapshot of the platform support provided by Coded UI (and also ability to Fast Forward in Manual Test Runner) This will evolve over time based on the support that we, the product team or the community, our partners will add to CUIT. The snapshot on this blog should be updated regularly...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Wanna win a Hyundai i20 car? Answer some qs on VS 2010

    Check out the VS ALM challenge at http://www.vsalmchallenge.com/ – exciting stuff! Take the challenge, answer simple questions on VS 2010 and you shall be on your way to win a Laptop, Yamaha Fazer bike or even a Hyundai i20 car! I thought this is a really cool offer for VS enthusiasts. Should figure...
  • 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: 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: Tool to import test cases from Excel to MTLM (VS 2010 Beta2) now available on codeplex

    Importing test cases from Excel to VS2010 is a no longer a pain . Check out Test Case Migrator (Excel) on codeplex - an automated tool that gives end to end support to move test cases from Excel to the new TCM capabilities with MTLM in VS 2010!  It has a nifty wizard that lets you map columns in...
  • 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: 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: Where are my Team System features?

    With the new SKU structure in Visual Studio, there is no longer any SKU called “Team System”. So, how do you figure out which features are available in what SKU? Here is a table listing where each of the Team System features are in the new SKUs: Does the new SKU structure make things simpler for you...
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