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  • Blog Post: Tool for restructuring UI Map of Coded UI Test

    Need a tool for restructuring your UI Map files? Check out UI Map Toolbox on CodePlex by Rasmus .
  • Blog Post: More Coded UI Test utilities for WPF testing

    Around the time of release of VS 2010, I published Useful set of utility functions for Coded UI Test .  Recently, I followed it with another utility - Sample XPath utility for Coded UI Test . As a complement to these two sets, Jonathan from community has come up with another useful set of utilities...
  • Blog Post: How To: Bulk edit action recording?

    Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) has test runner using which one can do manual testing. One of the features that many folks use while doing manual testing using test runner is the Fast Forward feature. With this feature, a tester can do an action recording and later use that to fast forward the test with...
  • Blog Post: Sample XPath utility for Coded UI Test

    Some important notes before I talk about the utility - This posting, and the sample herewith, are provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights. Use of included script samples are subject to the terms specified at http://www.microsoft.com/info/cpyright.htm The sample is not supported...
  • Blog Post: More posts on Coded UI Test Extensibility

    A long while back, I had posted a series on extensibility of Coded UI Test .  Mathew Aniyan from my team has added few more posts to the series recently - Custom WPF Control’s custom properties Enabling UI Testing for Third party WinForms custom controls – 1 Enabling UI Testing for Third party WinForms...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Running Coded UI Test on a machine without VS

    Another one of commonly asked question is how can I run Coded UI Test (or any other test type) on a machine without installing Visual Studio on it? You can install Test Agent – the Test Agent is a light-weight install and it is free if you already have appropriate Visual Studio or Test Profession SKU...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why am I getting “access denied” during recording?

    If you are using recording feature of Coded UI Test or Fast Forward feature of Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) and getting the following error - The last action was not recorded because access to the application was denied there could be two reasons for this - The application under test (one that you are...
  • Blog Post: Support for Silverlight and Mozilla FireFox in Coded UI Test and MTM is out

    We released Feature Pack 2 for Visual Studio 2010 yesterday.  This feature pack is mostly targeted for testing functionalities around Coded UI Test and Fast Forward feature of Microsoft Test Manager (MTM).  The functionality here includes - Test Silverlight 4.0 applications using Coded UI Test...
  • Blog Post: New updates to MSDN topics on MTM and Coded UI Test

    Katrina from our team has been doing fantastic job in updating MSDN docs around testing tools regularly.  She has recently added more stuff – check out  New help topics and updates to topics for September 2010 .
  • Blog Post: Coded UI Test and MTM supports IE9 Beta!

    Coded UI Test and Fast Forward feature of Test Runner supports IE9 Beta .  For more information on this, check this out.
  • Blog Post: If you are testing WPF with Coded UI Test or MTM…

    In Windows 7, Microsoft significantly enhanced the accessibility support with many features along with the addition of Windows Automation API 3.0 .  This new API enhancement include performance improvements and bug fixes too.  To ensure users of earlier version of Windows get this benefit too...
  • Blog Post: Forums are the best place to ask questions and report issues

    I am getting lot of questions and issues reported on my blogs as comments of which many are unrelated to the original blog post. The blogs are not the right place for these questions. The best place to put your questions or report issues is the MSDN Forums. These forums are - On Coded UI Test...
  • Blog Post: If you are TechEd, North America…

    Between Anutthara and myself, we are doing 3 sessions around Testing at TechEd, North America on June 7th to 10th.  If you are there, please do attend these sessions and do drop by the Test and Lab Manager stalls to chat. DEV309 | High Speed, Low Drag Testing with Microsoft Test Manager 2010 Session...
  • Blog Post: Writing your own client using UITest Object Model

    In my earlier series on extensibility of Coded UI Test , I mentioned that it is possible to write your own client using UITest Object Model i.e. use the recording for something else.  This post is targeted towards that. The UITest Object Model today is pretty simple with 3 main classes - The UITest...
  • Blog Post: VS Test SDK is now live

    We now have our VS Test SDK live on the internet here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=185591 We expect this page to be the start point for all extensibility in Test Tools.  This includes Unit Tests, Coded UI Tests and others. 
  • Blog Post: How To: Do image comparison in Coded UI Test

    This is guest blog by my colleague Rajeev Kumar . The Coded UI Test does not provide the API to compare images. There are cases when user wants to verify the changes in the UI by comparing the images of two controls. This can be easily achieved using Test API with Coded UI Test. The overview of Test...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Why is my application launch not recorded properly?

    In Coded UI Test , we support “Intent Aware Recording” which means recorder tries to capture the intent of the user instead of the raw actions.  For example, say on a Win7 box user does following raw actions - Clicks on Windows Start button Clicks on the Search box Types “ calc ” in the search box...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get UITesting methods working outside the TestMethod of Coded UI Test

    This is another questions that I have got asked multiple times - How do I use the methods in Microsoft.VisualStudio.TeamTest.UITesting namespace outside the TestMethod of Coded UI Test ?  For example, I want to do a one time initialization of my application settings in ClassInitialize method. ...
  • Blog Post: Extending supported properties set of a control

    In my previous blog I mentioned that based on the questions from various folks, I saw two common usage patterns for extensibility. I addressed the first pattern around “custom WPF control with good accessibility” in that blog. In this blog I will take the second pattern - User has custom control...
  • Blog Post: Writing extension for WPF custom control

    Ever since I wrote extensibility series on Coded UI Test , I have been getting lot of good feedback via questions and comments. One learning that I got from this is there are folks out there wanting to use the extensibility and are not able to easily do so. We need to simplify the extensibility interfaces...
  • Blog Post: Recording of MIX10 session on Coded UI Test

    Euan did a wonderful session in MIX10 on Improving Software Quality for the Modern Web . The session includes various demos of Coded UI Test and Fast Forward in test runner including never seen before demo of Silverlight support for Coded UI Test. The new demos were located at the following time hacks...
  • Blog Post: Update on Coded UI Test support for Silverlight

    The blog is last updated on July 14th, 2010. For latest on "Coded UI Test support for Silverlight", please refer here . For latest on "Platform support matrix for Coded UI Test", please refer here . Whenever we talk about platform coverage for UI automation one of the frequent requests is support...
  • Blog Post: How To: Validate background color or other custom properties of WPF control in Coded UI Test

    Coded UI Test uses accessibility ( UI Automation ) for testing of WPF application.  This accessibility (UI Automation) infrastructure only exposes a subset of control properties which is limiting in some cases.  For example, there is no easy way for the user to validate a background color of...
  • Blog Post: How To: Get automation working properly on data bound WPF list or combo box

    WPF makes it really easy to data bind properties of a control including the children collection of ItemsControl like ListBox, ComboBox, TreeView etc. For example, for a list box, the user can easily bind the ItemsSource property. When an ItemsControl is bound to a data source, the accessibility implementation...
  • Blog Post: How To: Select a list item directly

    This question came up couple of times from internal users - Given a combo box (or list), I can set SelectedItem (or SelectedItems) property to select a list item.  However, how do I do this directly from list item itself i.e. given a list item, how do I select that. Essentially, folks are looking...
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