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Software Testing with Visual Studio 2010 (Microsoft Windows Development Series) [Kindle Edition]

Jeff Levinson
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Use Visual Studio 2010’s Breakthrough Testing Tools to Improve Quality Throughout the Entire Software Lifecycle

 

Together, Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Visual Studio Test Professional 2010, Lab Management 2010, and Team Foundation Server offer Microsoft developers the most sophisticated, well-integrated testing solution they’ve ever had. Now, Microsoft MVP and VS testing guru Jeff Levinson shows exactly how to use Microsoft’s new tools to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality throughout the entire development lifecycle.

 

Jeff demonstrates how Microsoft’s new tools can help you finally overcome long-standing communication, coordination, and management challenges. You’ll discover how to perform first-rate functional testing; quickly create and execute tests and record the results with log files and video; and create bugs directly from tests, ensuring reproducibility and eliminating wasted time. Levinson offers in-depth coverage of Microsoft’s powerful new testing metrics, helping you ensure traceability all the way from requirements through finished software.

 

Coverage includes

 

•    Planning your tests using Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)

•    Creating test settings, structuring test cases, and managing the testing process

•    Executing manual tests with Microsoft Test Manager and Test Runner

•    Filing and resolving bugs, and customizing your bug reporting process

•    Automating test cases and linking automated tests with requirements

•    Executing automated test cases through both Visual Studio and Microsoft Test Manager

•    Integrating automated testing into the build process

•    Using Microsoft’s Lab Management virtualization platform to test applications, snapshot environments, and reproduce bugs

•    Implementing detailed metrics for evaluating quality and identifying improvements

 

Whether you’re a developer, tester, manager, or analyst, this book can help you significantly improve the way you work and the results you deliver—both as an individual right now, and as a team member throughout your entire project.

 



Editorial Reviews

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“Jeff Levinson has written a remarkable book. Remarkable because it distills a massive amount of information into a clear, readable book that will teach you how to best use the Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools. Remarkable because it shows not just how to use the strengths of the tools, but also how to work around any of their weaknesses. Remarkable because Jeff walks you through the implementation strategies that can bring real business value, not just to the testing team, but also to test the entire organization. If you are implementing the test tools, this book belongs on your desk. My dog-eared and marked-up copy sits on mine.”

–Steven Borg, Owner, Northwest Cadence

 

“Testing–and testers–don’t get enough respect. By providing a great mix of the what, why, and how of testing with Visual Studio 2010, this book will help change that. More important, it will help make the software we use better.”

–David Chappell, Principal, Chappell & Associates

 

“Jeff has once again written a great book, filled with nice nuggets of testing wisdom. A great addition to your testing and ALM library for anyone using Visual Studio 2010 and Team Foundation Server 2010.”

–Mickey Gousset, Microsoft ALM MVP and Senior Technical Developer, Infront Consulting Group

 

“Jeff’s book is by far the most in-depth investigation of the Test features in Visual Studio ALM I have seen. His insight and experience help the readers understand the impact of poor testing and how they can improve the quality of their software. I particularly liked the obvious real-world understanding of the realities of software testing when applied in practice and the effort by the author to show the readers the ways around those realities.”

–Martin Hinshelwood, Visual Studio ALM MVP and Visual Studio ALM Ranger

 

“Software Testing defines much more than the usage of a testing tool; it shows the practical way in which we test at Microsoft Corporation. Additionally, this book provides the definitive process to using Microsoft Test Manager with the rigor that we test here at Microsoft.”

–Randy Miller, ALM Architect, Microsoft

 

“Jeff provides the rare combination of deep, insider knowledge of Microsoft’s 2010 testing tools coupled with pragmatic details about how to plan, manage, and execute testing in the real world.”

–Mark Mydland, Director of Test, Visual Studio Ultimate, Microsoft

 

“With Jeff’s extensive knowledge with Microsoft’s ALM offering, this book will get you started on the right track with all the new testing capabilities offered by the Visual Studio 2010 suite. Whether you are a new or veteran tester, the personal insights the author brings to the testing topic are very interesting and useful….”

–Etienne Tremblay, Microsoft ALM MVP

From the Back Cover

Use Visual Studio 2010’s Breakthrough Testing Tools to Improve Quality Throughout the Entire Software Lifecycle

 

Together, Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Visual Studio Test Professional 2010, Lab Management 2010, and Team Foundation Server offer Microsoft developers the most sophisticated, well-integrated testing solution they’ve ever had. Now, Microsoft MVP and VS testing guru Jeff Levinson shows exactly how to use Microsoft’s new tools to save time, reduce costs, and improve quality throughout the entire development lifecycle.

 

Jeff demonstrates how Microsoft’s new tools can help you finally overcome long-standing communication, coordination, and management challenges. You’ll discover how to perform first-rate functional testing; quickly create and execute tests and record the results with log files and video; and create bugs directly from tests, ensuring reproducibility and eliminating wasted time. Levinson offers in-depth coverage of Microsoft’s powerful new testing metrics, helping you ensure traceability all the way from requirements through finished software.

 

Coverage includes

 

•    Planning your tests using Microsoft Test Manager (MTM)

•    Creating test settings, structuring test cases, and managing the testing process

•    Executing manual tests with Microsoft Test Manager and Test Runner

•    Filing and resolving bugs, and customizing your bug reporting process

•    Automating test cases and linking automated tests with requirements

•    Executing automated test cases through both Visual Studio and Microsoft Test Manager

•    Integrating automated testing into the build process

•    Using Microsoft’s Lab Management virtualization platform to test applications, snapshot environments, and reproduce bugs

•    Implementing detailed metrics for evaluating quality and identifying improvements

 

Whether you’re a developer, tester, manager, or analyst, this book can help you significantly improve the way you work and the results you deliver–both as an individual right now, and as a team member throughout your entire project.

 


Product Details

  • File Size: 6526 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (February 7, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MMEJ22
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A remarkable book on VS 2010 Testing tools March 1, 2011
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Jeff Levinson has written a remarkable book. Remarkable because it distills a massive amount of information into a clear, readable book that will teach you how to best use the Visual Studio 2010 Testing Tools. Remarkable because it shows not just how to use the strengths of the tools, but also how to work-around any of its weaknesses. Remarkable because Jeff walks you through the implementation strategies that can bring real business value, not just to the testing team, but to the entire organization. If you are implementing the Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 test tools, this book belongs on your desk. My dog-eared, and marked up copy sits on mine.

Note: I was a technical reviewer for the book and have had a printed copy now for 6 months. I can't recommend it enough.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars What the book does not cover March 13, 2011
By GP
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I realized I was in for disappointment when I read the section on what the book does not cover - stress and load testing in particular. I mistakenly assumed they would be a central part of the book.

By and large the book covers the obvious - things you can learn from VS2010 after a couple of hours VS test use or by reading the online help. The book lost the opportunity to discuss the stuff that takes longer to figure out or can only be got from the VS test teams blogs, or by personal experience.

However, the book does a great job of explaining what it purports to explain and is a great introduction to VS test.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Testing made easy March 1, 2011
By MrHinsh
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Jeff's book is by far the most in-depth investigation of the Test features in Visual Studio ALM I have seen. His insight and experience help the readers understand the impact of poor testing and how they can improve the quality of their software. I particularly liked the obvious real-world understanding of the realities of software testing when applied in practice and the effort by the author to show the readers the ways around those realities.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This book provides only a high-level overview of the MSDN documentation. It does not fill in the gaps where the MSDN documenation is lacking. The following are missed opportunities for this book:
1. There is no detail how to keep your test assemblies in sync with your automated tests in Microsoft Test Manager.
2. There is no guidance in modifying the DefaultTemplate.xaml workflow for your Team Builds. Tests in Visual Studio 2010 revolve around Team Build. Because of this, you will almost certainly need to make some modifications.
3. There is no guidance on how to test using physical enviornments.
4. There is no guidance on how the DeploymentItemAttribute actually works in VS 2010.
5. There is no guidance on writing C++ unit tests.
6. There is no guidance on writing data-driven tests.
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More About the Author

I am a senior ALM Consultant with Northwest Cadence (www.nwcadence.com) specializing in software development lifecycle management and process improvement with a focus on Team Foundation Server. I have taught classes at San Diego State University Extensions, University of Washington Extensions and Bellevue Community College Extended Studies in programming and database development.

I love speaking at events and have been recently speaking at VSLive!, Dev Connections and Tech Ed where I am scheduled to present again in 2011. Speaking and training developers, testers, project managers, business analysts and others in good, solid practices for software development is a passion of mine.

In 2003 I got tired of books purporting to tell developers how to accomplish this and that but without actually walking them through a working example and explaining the logic. I got lucky and knew someone who had written a book and she put me in touch with her editor. The editor liked my outline and agreed to the book deal. That was my first book and writing is a bug. It's a chance to get your knowledge out to everyone who is interested and if I think I can help, I will keep writing. While hard, the end result is immensely satisfying and even better if the books help make development teams lives easier.

My masters is in Software Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University. I am an MSCD, MCAD, MCDBA, MCT, SCJP, Security+ and ITIL certified consultant.

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