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26 July 2013 1849689547 978-1849689540

Learn different testing techniques and features of Visual Studio 2012 with detailed explanations and real-time samples

Overview

  • Using Test Manager and managing test cases and test scenarios
  • Exploratory testing using Visual Studio 2012
  • Learn unit testing features and coded user interface testing
  • Advancement in web performance testing and recording of user scenarios

In Detail

Testing is one of the main phases in the software development lifecycle. Managing the test scenarios, test cases, defects, and linking each one of these is bit of a challenge without using any tools. For frequently changing businesses, it is essential to address testing requirements by matching the pace of the business. This can only be achieved through automation of the possible testing scenarios to reduce the turnaround time of testing.

Software Testing Using Visual Studio 2012 is a practical, hands-on guide that provides a number of clear, step-by-step exercises, which will help you to take advantage of the new features and real power of Visual Studio 2012.

Software Testing Using Visual Studio 2012 starts with the basics of testing types and managing the tests using Test Explorer and a few other tools. Practical examples are added to help you understand the usage of various tools and features in a better way. Software Testing Using Visual Studio 2012 is written from a developer point of view and helps you take advantage of the unit testing features and customize the tests by generating the code and fine-tuning it as per your needs. The Test Manager is a standalone tool which is part of the Visual Studio tools family and takes care of test management. Software Testing Using Visual Studio 201 covers the usage of the test plan, test suite, manual testing, and exploratory testing using Test Manger and managing these aspects using these tools.

Software Testing Using Visual Studio 2012 also covers the recording of user actions and creating automated tests out of it. This book covers generating and adding parameters to the recording and replacing it at runtime, adding validation and extraction rules to the tests, running the tests using command line commands, looking at the details of test results, and configuring the running the load test out of web performance or unit tests.

This book helps you to understand the complete testing features and how to make use of automation features as well. It will appeal to both developers and testers.

What you will learn from this book

  • Discover different testing types as part of Visual Studio 2012
  • Use the test plan, test suite, manual testing ,and exploratory testing
  • Record user interface actions and generating code out of it to customize the test
  • Get to grips with unit testing features and data-driven unit tests to automate the tests for multiple scenarios
  • Add extraction rules, validation rules, and custom rules to the recorded requests and add parameters to the requests
  • Create and configure load tests with the help of a web performance test or unit test
  • Analyze the detailed view of test results
  • Execute the existing tests at the command line using the MSTest command line utility
  • Report on the test results and publish the test results

Approach

We will be setting up a sample test scenario, then we'll walk through the features available to deploy tests.


Product details

  • Paperback: 444 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (26 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849689547
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849689540
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 19 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 263,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book does what it says on the cover, it is a general introduction to the testing tools within the Visual Studio 2012 family. My comment is not about how well it is done, it is a clear enough introduction, but why produce a book that really just covers what is in MSDN, Channel9, numerous podcasts, blogs and ALM Rangers documentation?

I suppose this is a question of target audience, some people like to browse a physical book for `new' technology, I can see that. This book certainly does cover the core areas, but sits strangely between a technology briefing for a manager/person who just needs an overview (it is all a bit long winded, list all the features and flags of tools) and not enough detail for the practitioner (the exercises do not go deep enough unlike those provide by Microsoft in Brian Keller VS/TFS demo VM series)

Given this concern I wonder who the target audience really is?

A real issue here is that Microsoft have gone to quarterly updates, so the product is always advancing, faster than any print book can manage (Microsoft's own MSDN documentation has enough problems keeping up, and frequently is play catch up). For a book on testing this is a major problem as `test' has been a key focus for the updates. This means when the book's contents is compared to Visual Studio/TFS 2012.3 (the current shipping version at the time of this review) there are major features missing such as
*The improvements in Test Explorer to support other non Microsoft test framework, playlists etc.,
*SKU changes in licensing, MTM dropping down to Premium form Ultimate
*Azure based load testing
*The test experience in the web browser (as opposed to MTM)

The list will always grow while Microsoft stick to their newer faster release cycle.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good material but not really a step by step and really need supplemental material with it. 24 Sep 2013
By Rene Rendon Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The book starts out with a basic general overview of the testing tools available and what you can do with the tools. The authors go into explaining the types of tests and what kind of tests you can do with the use of the Microsoft tools such as Visual Studio and Test Manager. It is a refresher for what is to come in the remaining chapters. I found the information valuable as refresher and what the tools offered.

The next chapter goes into using the Microsoft Test Manager to create test plans, test suites and manual testing. I was disappointed in there wasn't much step by step. There was some but it followed an example of an application already created (plus side is supplied in the code download). The authors give you a TFS backup and despite me trying I could not get it to restore on a TFS install on a windows 8 machine. I found it disappointing that no step by step was given from the beginning though I know it would have taken up more pages. I often had to go find supplemental material to understand this material. There was some step by step instructions on how to do things but not here is a sample from the beginning. I found MSDN to help with what was not here.

Next is coverage of Coded UI tests and while I found the information good and a little better step by step it was still not quite what I would have liked and again I had to go to MSDN to supplement what is presented here.

Chapter 4 presents some unit testing material and while it is good, it seemed like you could find a lot of this material on MSDN. However some books don't quite cover enough so take it for what it's worth. The authors use Ms-Test but some of this material should be applicable to other testing frameworks however methods and method usage may not be.

Chapter 5 goes into web performance tests and the material is good but again I supplemented it with step by steps from MSDN to help get reinforcement from this material.

Chapter 6 is a continuation of Chapter 5 on more advance features of web testing.

Chapter 7 goes into load testing which is good for web applications. You get good explanations on what you can create and what the options are. I work with mostly desktop applications so I don't know if I can use this stuff in my daily work but there is a lot of good features for web testers.

Chapter 8 covers ordered tests which you may need a specific order for all the other tests that you have created and/or covered prior to this chapter. Generic tests are also covered in this chapter as a means to test external dependencies and/or components that are not in your control. Conditions will apply such as must be able to run from the command line that will determine what you can use.

Chapter 9 covers your configuration options and/or the options available to edit said configurations.

Chapter 10 covers running your tests and/or test projects from the command line. It will also give you options to publish your results.

Chapter 11 will cover working with the test results and where you can again publish them.

Chapter 12 will cover exploratory testing and your reporting options from TFS.

Chapter 13 is kind of an overview back to what you can get from Chapter 1 and 2 regarding the Microsoft Test Manager tool.
My thoughts are there is some good information in this book but this is not a step by step book. If you've had some experience with the tools and/or have followed some other labs, this book will help you reinforce what you have learned. Beginners and/or newbies will find some of this material good but some of it head scratching without some kind of step by step. The material is clearly presented and that was a plus. I give it 3 out of 5 stars.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok introduction to the subject of Microsoft specific testing tooling 28 Aug 2013
By R. J. Fennell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book does what it says on the cover, it is a general introduction to the testing tools within the Visual Studio 2012 family. My comment is not about how well it is done, it is a clear enough introduction, but why produce a book that really just covers what is in MSDN, Channel9, numerous podcasts, blogs and ALM Rangers documentation?

I suppose this is a question of target audience, some people like to browse a physical book for `new' technology, I can see that. This book certainly does cover the core areas, but sits strangely between a technology briefing for a manager/person who just needs an overview (it is all a bit long winded, list all the features and flags of tools) and not enough detail for the practitioner (the exercises do not go deep enough unlike those provide by Microsoft in Brian Keller VS/TFS demo VM series)

Given this concern I wonder who the target audience really is?

A real issue here is that Microsoft have gone to quarterly updates, so the product is always advancing, faster than any print book can manage (Microsoft's own MSDN documentation has enough problems keeping up, and frequently is play catch up). For a book on testing this is a major problem as `test' has been a key focus for the updates. This means when the book's contents is compared to Visual Studio/TFS 2012.3 (the current shipping version at the time of this review) there are major features missing such as
*The improvements in Test Explorer to support other non Microsoft test framework, playlists etc.,
*SKU changes in licensing, MTM dropping down to Premium form Ultimate
*Azure based load testing
*The test experience in the web browser (as opposed to MTM)

The list will always grow while Microsoft stick to their newer faster release cycle. This was not too much of a problem when Microsoft shipped every couple of years, a new book opportunity, but now how can any book try to keep up on a 12 week cycle?

One option you would think is Kindle or eBooks in general, as at least the book can be updated . However there is still the issue of the extra effort of the authors and editors, so in general I find these updates are not that common. The authors will usually have moved onto their next project and not be focused on yet another unpaid update to a book they published last quarter.

So in summary, was the book worth the effort to read? I always gauge this question on `did I learn something?' and I did. There is always a nugget or two in books on subjects you think you know. However, `would I say it is a really useful/essential read for anyone who already has a working knowledge in this subject?', probably not. I would say their time is better spent doing a hand on lab or watching conference recordings on Channel9.

Leave this book to anyone who wants a general written introduction to the subject of Microsoft specific testing tooling.
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