Professional Software Testing with Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Tools for Software Developers and Test Engineers

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  • Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) features a robust, integrated suite of test tools that work seamlessly in the Visual Studio development environment
  • Covering all phases of the development lifecycle, this book shows readers how to implement best practices for software testing using the appropriate components of VSTS
  • Readers will learn how to use the tools effectively, directly from those who helped design...
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Overview

  • Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS) features a robust, integrated suite of test tools that work seamlessly in the Visual Studio development environment
  • Covering all phases of the development lifecycle, this book shows readers how to implement best practices for software testing using the appropriate components of VSTS
  • Readers will learn how to use the tools effectively, directly from those who helped design and develop the software
  • Shows how to catch common programming mistakes every time code is compiled, helping to shorten the time to market
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470149782
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/11/2007
  • Series: Programmer to Programmer Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Tom Arnold was a program manager for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System, specifically for the testing tools. He has also managed other commercial testing tools projects by Microsoft and Rational Software and has spoken at such industry conferences as STAR, Microsoft Tech Ed, Internet World, and many others. In addition to two other books on software testing, he has produced three video series on the topic and co-founded a 250-employee software testing company (later sold to Lionbridge/Veritest). Tom is currently a program manager at Microsoft on the OfficeLive.com team.

Dominic Hopton is a software development engineer on the Visual Studio Enterprise Test team at Microsoft. One of the original team members, Dominic helped fashion the new development and testing tools in Visual Studio 2005. He is currently working on the next version of testing tools for Visual Studio.

Andy Leonard is a SQL Server database developer, MVP, and engineer. He is a co-author of Professional SQL Server 2005 Integration Services. He founded and manages VSTeamSystemCentral.com. Andy’s experience includes web application architecture and development, VB.NET, ASP, and ASP.NET; SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS); data warehouse development using SQL Server 2000 and 2005; and test-driven database development.

Mike Frost is a senior "software design engineer in test" (i.e., a software tester who mostly writes code) at Microsoft. Over the last 10 years he has worked on several releases of Visual Studio with a focus on the infrastructure and architecture used for testing software. Currently he is working on the new OfficeLive.com service product.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1: Introduction to VSTEST and VSTESD.

Chapter 2: A Quick Tour of VSTEST and VSTESD.

Chapter 3: Unit Testing with VSTEST and VSTESD.

Chapter 4: Testing the Database.

Chapter 5: Web Testing.

Chapter 6: Using Manual, Ordered, and Generic Test Types.

Chapter 7: Load Testing.

Chapter 8: Using Code Analysis and Dynamic Analysis.

Chapter 9: VSTEST and VSTESD within the Software Development.

Appendix A: Installing Team Explorer.

Appendix B: Creating and Running a Web Test: A High-Level Walk-Through.

Appendix C: Creating and Running a Unit Test: A High-Level Walk-Through.

Appendix D: Creating and Running a Load Test: A High-Level Walk-Through.

Appendix E: Creating and Running a Manual Test: A High-Level Walk-Through.

Appendix F: Other Sources of Information.

Author Sites.

Blogs.

Forums.

Conferences.

Other.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2008

    Very strong and helpful, especially for the finer details

    It's clear a couple of the authors were (and still are?) on the team designing this tool. They not only gave the high level view (big picture) of how it worked, they also went into the finer details. It gave me everything I needed and the walkthroughs were especially a nice touch. I never give 5-star ratings, and rarely 4 stars, so even though this is a 4-star rating it's a huge thumbs up from me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2007

    Unit testing galore

    I just got my copy over the weekend and was really happy to see such detail on the unit testing features of Visual Studio. It went into the basic unit testing capabilities and then expanded in an additional chapter all about unit testing a data base. This was very helpful and needed by our team! I'll be looking at the other tools but the biggest thing we were interested in was developer-created whitebox tests and this hit the mark for us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    A book for both developers and testers

    Software developers, this book is for you! Software testers, this book is also for you! Some coders may turn away from this book because it has 'testing' in the title. Some test engineers who don't code may also waffle when they see source code examples written in C# included in the book. This book truly caters to both programmers (developers and technical testers: unit testing, code coverage, dynamic analysis, static analysis, profiling, unit testing against a database) as well as testers without a programming background (recorded web testing, load testing, manual testing, test library management). Because the line between programmer and tester has become more difficult to define, especially with today's software test engineers who are also hard core coders, this book provides everything the programmer needs as well as everything the test engineer needs when looking to learn about the incredible set of tools the team at Microsoft added into Visual Studio Team System. For those early adopters / beta testers of Microsoft's developer tools, this book applies to the 'Whidbey' releases of VSTEST ('Team Edition for Software Testers') and VSTESD ('Team Edition for Software Developers').

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2007

    A reviewer

    I really liked the walkthroughs in the appendix. I could see what the feature was and how it flowed so I could just jump right in and use the book as a reference.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2007

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    The line between software developer and test engineer can blur in some places. Developers are now writing their own test suites 'e.g. unit testing' and test engineers are writing their own code and leveraging code coverage results to provide better approaches white box testing. This book walks the line between programmers 'software design engineers / developers and technical testers' and black box test engineers who write little or no code.

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