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Professional Software Testing with Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Tools for Software Developers and Test Engineers Paperback – Sep 11 2007
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From the Back Cover
With the introduction of Visual Studio 2005 Team System (VSTS), Microsoft for the first time offers software developers and test engineers a complete and integrated suite of tools for software testing. This authoritative book shares with you best practices for software testing using VSTS test and development tools and covers all phases of the development lifecycle so that you may learn how to implement these practices.
Written by key members of the team that developed the VSTS test anddevelopment tools, this essential resource offers a no-nonsense introduction to using the tools the way they were meant to be used. The authors walk you through the overall user interface of the Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developers and Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Testers. You'll explore each of the available test types and learn how to effectively use the code analysis and dynamic analysis tools to quickly become effective as a software developer or test engineer.
What you will learn from this book
- Load Test your applications, potentially with thousands of simulated users, and leverage new and existing automated tests
Create Web Tests by recording interactions with web applications and (optionally) render those tests to your favorite .NET language
Test your database back-end's design and integrity using unit tests
Incorporate data-driven testing into your automated tests to enhance your testing library
Who this book is for
This book is for software developers and test engineers who want to understand best practices for using VSTS test and development tools. Experience with Visual Studio is recommended.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
What makes this an even better buy or value added product is that if there is an issue with why things work (or don't work the way they should) the author(s) will follow up with you in an attempt to clear up any misunderstandings.
Not only is it a very good read, the authors can and do add additional value to the book long after it has been paid for - should there be any questions upon anything contained in the text - something that is very unusual in this realm or domain. I can not say enough about the quality of this book and the quality of the service one gets should they have a need to contact one of the authors - in my case it was Andy Leonard - who kept helping with something that wasn't even his issue - it was one of those undocumented Microsoft "features".
I haven't gotten the 2008 edition of this book and in fact I have moved back into the J2EE world. However, for most things, I would probably say that using the MSDN blogs featuring Ed Glas and company is the way to go.
There decent examples of the performance test tool in the most basic HTTP cases. But if you want to build performance tests around another protocol (such as FTP) they don't give good guidance on how to wrap this in a unit test and how to effectively grab metrics on virtual user threads, how the Unit test facility doesn't work with the IP Address Switcher, how to actually get the facilities that use the IP Address Switcher (an extra set of packages) and a few other issues.
If you've got to have a book in hand with the red cover and pictures of the authors, then go for it. Otherwise, check out the MSDN blogs first. They don't tell you everything, but the bloggers are relatively responsive and aren't nasty like the mods on many a tech forum!
Pro: This is a nice intro into testing databases using VSTS, the only product that I know does that. If you want to see some bits of what can be done using this instrument - go for it. A piece on enhancing built-in functionality with recordsets counter is definitely a nice one - a must-read for anyone who wants to do more realistic testing than what MS offers out of the box!
Contra: I expected to see how to construct a solid framework for testing industrial-scale applications but failed short of it. Namely, I could not find the discussion of how to set up the whole facilities, how to run tests as a batch from outside the Studio - our SCM/Build Team does not open Visual Studio to run their operations overnight, you see. I could not find detailed discussion of Pre/Post events, yet this seems to be absolutely essential for any serious testing: you need to have some known state of DB before you run your tests and you should be able to restore that state (efficiently, so backup/restore of multi-Gig DBs is not a viable option) to run other tests (DB and non-DB).
Overall a nice intro, but I had to refer to online help from MSDN more often than I would love to, on having read the book pretending to be more or less coverage of the material. Still a good buy for the money. Looking forward to see a manual that covers DB testing in greater depth.
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