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  • Blog Post: Test Case Management (TCM) Reporting - Frequently Asked Questions - Part 2

    Previous posts: TCM Reporting - FAQ - Part 1 Continuing on with series, here are the next set of frequently asked questions related to Reporting with Test Case Management (TCM) in Visual Studio 2010.   FAQ List - Part 2 I would like to create custom test reports in Excel based off the Analysis...
  • Blog Post: Test Case Management (TCM) Reporting - Frequently Asked Questions - Part 1

    In the next few blog posts, we will review some of the frequently asked questions related to Reporting with Test Case Management (TCM) in Visual Studio 2010. FAQ List - Part 1 I am using Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) for my testing activities - what type of reports can I see within MTM? I...
  • Blog Post: “Test Case Migrator Plus” (Excel/MHT to TCM) tool on codeplex

    We have updated the “ Test Case Migrator Plus (Excel/MHT) ” tool (previously called Test Case Migrator) on codeplex today!!! What's new for this version (RC2) With this new drop in RC2, the following functionality has been added to the Excel based workflow:  · Migrate not just Test case, but also...
  • Blog Post: Import multiple unit test assemblies using TCM.exe

    Syed just posted a blog about how to import unit tests from multiple assemblies in one hit. Check out http://blogs.msdn.com/syedmehdi/archive/2010/04/22/how-to-import-multiple-unit-test-assemblies-using-tcm-exe.aspx Thanks Bruce Taimana
  • Blog Post: Extending Visual Studio Unit Test Type part 2

    It seems I am still learning the wonders of blogs.  I have finally posted this but it seems to be lost in the plethora of the others blogs posted since then. http://blogs.msdn.com/vstsqualitytools/archive/2009/09/04/extending-the-visual-studio-unit-test-type-part-2.aspx Thanks Bruce Taimana Program...
  • Blog Post: Pex and Moles – Test Power Tools from Microsoft Research

    Today we have released two new Power Tools from Microsoft Research, Pex and Moles.  Pex and Moles are Visual Studio 2010 Powertools that help Unit Testing .NET applications.  Pex automatically generates test suites with high code coverage. Right from the Visual Studio code editor, Pex finds...
  • Blog Post: “Run Tests in Current Context” after upgrading from Visual Studio 2010 Beta2

    If you have upgraded from Visual Studio 2010 Beta2, you may have noticed that when using the Visual Studio IDE to run your tests, "Run Tests in Current Context" (Ctrl+R, T) sometimes runs all tests in your solution, rather than just the tests in context.  This can be really annoying if...
  • Blog Post: Running two Microsoft Test Manager’s Side By Side

    When working with Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), you might want to run two at a time. We often want this internally so we can test MTM with MTM. However, when we created MTM, we didn’t want people to accidently open up multiple instances just because they lost MTM in the noise of all the windows they...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Test Runner series – part 7 – Exploratory Testing

    Hi Again, So far we have talked about how features & benefits of MTLM when used for the tests that are predefined. E.g. creating actionable bugs, using fast forwarding & so on. Many times testers test the application in ways that are not predefined (i.e. no fixed flow of steps is prescribed by...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Test Runner series – part 6 - Shared Steps

    Hi Again, Let’s talk about an important concept in test case design – reusability. As testers you know that there are few steps that may be common in many test cases e.g. steps to log into the application may be common to multiple test cases. In other cases the cleanup steps (or any other steps in between...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the code generated by “Coded UI Test” – Part 2

    This is Part 2 of two part series. In Part 1 we focused on - Why is generated code not a straight-line code? In this part, we will focus on - How is generated code making reusability & customization easier? ... Note: Cross posted from Gautam Goenka (MSFT) . Permalink
  • Blog Post: Understanding the code generated by “Coded UI Test” – Part 1

    This is Part 1 of two part series. In this part we will focus on - Why is generated code not a straight-line code? In the Part 2 , we will focus on - How is generated code making reusability & customization easier? ... Note: Cross posted from Gautam Goenka (MSFT) . Permalink
  • Blog Post: How can I configure MTM to use my custom bug / test case type?

    Note: Cross posted from Rubel's Blog . Permalink How can I configure MTM to use my custom bug / test case type? I got this Q on my previous blog and thought of posting a separate post on it as it's a bit tricky to do it and hence other folks may need this info. In Microsoft Test Manager (MLM...
  • Blog Post: Planning vs Testing (Part 5 – Final)

    Today, I will finally end this series of blog posts where I’ve been talking about the main differences that you will find in Planning and Testing views (although they appear to be very similar at a first glance). You can find the previous posts here: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Double clicking (or hitting...
  • Blog Post: Planning vs Testing (Part 4)

    In previous posts, I’ve been discussing why Planning and Testing views look similar but behave differently. You can refer to them by clicking on Part 1 , Part 2 , or Part 3 . Sometimes, depending on the organization, planning is done by some people, and execution is done by others. And even if it is...
  • Blog Post: Recording Hover’s in CodedUITest

    Mouse Hover is an important part of a Application WorkFlow. Hovering on a control brings about changes in the application which leads to Controls appearing/disappearing , Properties of the controls being changed ,new windows coming up etc. Needless to say it is pertinent that all the Hover Actions are...
  • Blog Post: Planning vs Testing (Part 3)

    In part 1 and part 2 of the series, I have mentioned reasons why we use similar views for planning and executing test cases (and I have discussed what makes these views different). Today, I will focus on yet another specific reason: Configurations. We can use the ‘Planning view’ under ‘Contents’ ( Plan...
  • Blog Post: The View Toolbar

    You might have noticed above many grids there are two distinct toolbars. The primary one has options for interacting with items in the list. The other one that is right-aligned is for managing the view. Here are some examples: 1. Verify Bugs – change which query is used: bugs assigned to me, bugs created...
  • Blog Post: Beta2 online help

    Our doc team (we call them the User Education or the UE team) has been hard at work supplementing the product with great deal lot of additional documentation to help you understand the various features in the product and to best leverage them. The table below is a quick way to get to some of the more...
  • Blog Post: Terry Clancy Posts About Partner Integration Opportunities

    Terry Clancy, a Business Development Manager with Microsoft, has posted about opportunities for partners. It is also a good overview of the features across Team Test and Team Lab, how things fit together, and includes plenty of screenshot eye candy. http://blogs.msdn.com/terryclancy/archive/2009/11/18...
  • Blog Post: Writing Queries for Custom Work Items and Work Item Categories

    I talked about customizing work items and how this can be used with categories to get the best out of MTM before , now I will expand on that topic and show you how to compose queries to include this extra level of information. If you go to the Queries activity in MTM (under the Tracking menu) and...
  • Blog Post: Planning vs Testing (Part 2)

    In a previous blog post , I mentioned some of the reasons why the Planning and Testing views in MTM look very similar but behave differently. Today, in this post, I will continue talking about this. As you can see when playing around with the product, activity pages contain toolbars, with buttons...
  • Blog Post: Zen and the Art of Test Case Composition

    I’ve posted an article on my MSDN blog about strategies and considerations when composing your test cases.  If you’re familiar with Test Case Authoring in MTLM ( Ryan Vogrinec and David R. Williamson both have helpful posts on the subject), you can read more about the possibilities and tradeoffs...
  • Blog Post: Copy/Paste Test Steps

    Test steps are very important in manual testing because they provide the detailed semantics on how each test case is to be validated and ultimately completed.  That said, if you consider most manual test cases will have several steps each and most organizations will have a number of test cases,...
  • Blog Post: Create/Edit Test Settings in Test Plan Properties

    In manual or automated testing, you will probably want to specify your own test settings when running tests. The test settings associated with the test plan will be used by default when you click Run button in Run Tests. There are two ways to create or edit a test settings associated with the test plan...
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