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    New features in Beta2 (compared to Beta1)

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    We recently announced Beta2 of VS2010. If you have installed the Beta1 release and played with it or even if you didn’t and are experiencing the product for the first time, you are perhaps wondering what is new in Beta2. The table below is an enumeration...
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    Test Case Authoring from the Test Plan Contents

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    A test case is just a work item. You can create a new one from Team Explorer in Visual Studio. You can open Excel and connect to the server from the Team add-in, and create one from there. In MTM, you can also go to Test Case Manager and create test cases...
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    ‘Active’ Tests

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    In the Run Tests activity, you’ll see test cases grouped up by various states including Active, Failed, Blocked, and Completed. This idea comes from the workflow many customers report to using where they run many tests only once per iteration. So...
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    Lab Management?

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    MTLM stands for Microsoft Test and Lab Manager. This blog is dedicated to the testing aspects of this application (as well as the other testing features in VS). Even though testers need to use the lab management activities they tend to be doing one type...
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    Test Configurations in a Test Plan

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    For many, many test teams, we hear that they don’t typically test on more than one configuration. This is a big departure from what we at Microsoft are used to. Obviously we have many operating system versions including languages, versions of IE, versions...
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    What is a Test Plan?

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    A common question we hear is how and when to use a test plan in MTLM. To most testers, a test plan is a document that describes the intended approach to testing for a feature, or more likely a group of features, for a specific release. It typically reviews...
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    Test Steps in MTLM

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    In a test case , there is a control to enter test steps in the first tab. It has several columns, but typically a person will be adding a test title, and sometimes some expected text. There’s also the ability to add attachments to steps. What you’ll see...
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    Migrating Test Cases

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    Anutthara blogged about how to migrate test cases using Excel. This wouldn't be hard to do, except getting test steps into a test case via the standard Excel integration is not possible. Our team has written a migration tool to help with that.
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    Activity Centers

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    When you load up Microsoft Test and Lab Manager (MTLM) and after connecting to a server, project, and plan, you’ll notice the top part of the application is devoted to navigation. Let’s break it down. The first part is the back and forward buttons. This...
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    Keyboard Shortcuts in MTLM

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    I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of keyboard shortcuts. The right shortcuts can really speed up your computer use. For instance, some of my favorite ones in Windows include Win+Break to open computer properties, Win+E to open file explorer,...
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    Blogger Chris Eargle discovers MTLM

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    In his recent post titled ‘ Microsoft Test and Lab Manager ’, Chris reports on reading about MTLM on Jason Zander’s blog. Looks like he is excited about the overview of features he saw. He’s right, this will make life easier for generalist testers out...
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    Three kinds of test suites

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    In Microsoft Test and Lab Manager (MTLM) we have 3 kinds of test suites. The first is just called a suite, but internally we call it a static suite. That means you manually add test cases to it, and remove them as you see fit. This is akin to the test...
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    A new MSDN forum for MTLM!

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    With the advent of Beta2, we have more forums for the testing features, including an exclusive one for testing with Microsoft Test and Lab Manager . You can find the full list of Beta2 forums here . Cheers, David Williamson Engineering Lead, MTLM
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    Beta2 of VS2010 is out!

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    Our first version of the manual testing experience is out again in Beta2 and has changed considerably from what you saw in Beta1. I urge you to try it out and give us feedback. If you didn’t see Beta1, we have some blog walkthroughs of the UI that can...
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    Testing in a Product Iteration

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    In this article we’ll explore how Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) can help testers and developers work more closely together within a product development iteration – such as an agile sprint – to build quality upstream and keep their project on track. First...
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    Extending the Visual Studio Unit Test Type, part 2

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    In part 1 , we introduced Unit Test Type Extensibility, highlighting the main parts of the interface.  In this round, we will discuss three additional pieces: Adding a user interface Parameterizing the test method Aggregating test results UI extension...
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    Extending the Visual Studio Unit Test Type, part 1

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    In Visual Studio 2008, if you wanted to create your own test type, or provide additional functionality that existing test types did not, one would have to create one from scratch. We provided a sample which was available in the Software Development Kit...
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    Publishing Test Results with the VSTS 2010 TCM Api

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    There have been many questions about getting test result from third party test frameworks published to TFS since the first release in 2005.  Unfortunately the answer has been that you need to generate a file that looks like one of our test results...
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    Configuring Playback in VSTT 2010

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    In a previous post, Abhishek had talked about the Record and Playback Engine in VSTT 2010 .  The Coded UI Test feature in VSTT 2010 also uses this engine to playback UI actions.  In this post, i will describe the various settings for Playback...
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    Making the most of your bugs

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    I like to think of bugs as glue which links software teams together.  Developers write the code, testers test it, and bugs serve as the gooey battle ground where folks try to make sure that the right thing is done for the customer. While the ideal...
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    Video recording of tests

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    One of the features of Test Edition is to capture video of the test machine.   This helps developer understand the issue better & debug faster.  To achieve this, you must have a test setting where video recording is turned on ( see...
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    Test Impact Walk-through

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    One of our testers has posted and excellent walkthrough on the test impact features in VSTS 2010.  http://blogs.msdn.com/densto/archive/2009/06/29/test-impact-walk-through.aspx   I encourage you to check it out.
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    Introduction to Record and Playback Engine in VSTT 2010

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    In an earlier blog entry , we have talked about the Test Runner activity in Microsoft Test and Lab Manager (MTLM) and how it allows you to record and capture the UI actions (such as mouse clicks and keyboard input) that the user takes on an Application...
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    New VSTS Load Test Integration on CodePlex

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    Project Description This tool takes a WCF trace file and a WCF client proxy, or a WCF interface contract, and generates a unit test that replays the same sequence of calls found in the trace file. The code generated is easily modifiable so that data variation...
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    10-4 Episode 23: An Introduction to Manual Testing

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    Brian Keller has posted a video "An Introduction to Manual Testing" on Channel 9 . Check it out here . This is a very nicely done video of the concepts of manual testing leveraging key features of VSTS 2010 Team Test. You can learn about other...
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