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VSTS Web Test Step-by-Step Primer: 7-Minute Video by Microsoft A.C.E. Performance Engineer Chris Lundquist (with Copious Notes and Screen Shots from Your Humble Correspondent)

VSTS Web Test Step-by-Step Primer: 7-Minute Video by Microsoft A.C.E. Performance Engineer Chris Lundquist (with Copious Notes and Screen Shots from Your Humble Correspondent)

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My decision to focus on the SQL Server vertical has paid off for me—metaphorically & literally.

Now it's time to spread my wings a bit & learn about Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) web testing.

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Spread Your Wings!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtsJDTyY95g

My colleague & A.C.E. performance engineer Chris Lundquist has compiled a 6:58 wmv featuring his unscripted yet eloquent dialog walking us step-by-step through a VSTS web test:

  1. Starting VSTS
  2. Adding a new C#/Web Test project
  3. Adding comments
  4. Running the test, exploring the Web Browser, Request, Response, Context, & Details tabs
  5. Modifying test parameters & re-running

Chris included a happenin' sound track.  He even nailed the timing.

Noteworthy advice:  "Don't be shy, you won't break anything."

I dutifully took copious notes along with screen shots.  Chris's video, my notes, screen shots—it's all here for you: http://tinyurl.com/VSTSWebTest¡w00t!

This is the best introduction to this technology you may ever see.

Download Chris's VSTS web test step-by-step primer, and see & hear for yourself what a great job he's done.  Refer your friends & colleagues, especially those who are starting out on VSTS web testing.  Doing so will provide an elegant, entertaining introduction to this fundamental yet vital technology.

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Jimmy May, MCDBA, MCSE, MCITP: DBA + DB Dev
Senior Performance Consultant: SQL Server
A.C.E.: Assessment, Consulting, & Engineering Services
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