Friday, April 08, 2005

My Thoughts On Today's Team Test Webcast

Today's Team Test webcast was also presented by Anand Iyer, who did just as good a job today as he did a couple of days ago with the Team Designer webcast. The webcast should be available soon at http://www.microsoft.com/webcasts.

A little background: Testing extends over both Team Developer and Team Test editions. Unit Testing and Code Coverage cover both editions, while Load Testing, Manual Testing, and Test Case Management are restricted to Team Test only.

Overall, I enjoyed this webcast. I only have two complaints about it, which I'll go ahead and get out of the way. First, we ran out of time and did not get to cover everything, and some of it was a little rushed because of that. Because of the depth of this topic, I would have allocated at least 90 minutes to this webcast, if not two hours. Second, Anand's Team Foundation piece was not working, so we were not able to see anything concerning that side of it, except for some slides. And I know that piece is something a lot of people are interested in. I wish they would go ahead and line up some more testing webcasts, to delve into this in more detail.

Anand covers in pretty good detail Unit Tests, Web Tests, and Load Tests (at least as much as you reasonably can within an hour). We briefly touched on Manual Tests. He showed us how to execute tests using the IDE, and how to interpret the results. Unfortunately, we ran out of time before we could cover running tests from the command line, or using MS Build, both of which are things I was interested in.

As an aside, when Anand was adding a text box to his Window's Form, there was a cool blue line that showed you the edges of the other text boxes, allowing you to easily line everything up. Very nice touch to the IDE.

I think one of the coolest parts of the demo was the Web Tests, and how it will record and playback everything you do in the browser. I've never had that kind of functionality before, and while watching the demo was already planning on how I could use that in my current environment. The Load Testing was very nice as well, as it was very configurable.

I enjoyed the webcast, and if you did not get a chance to watch it, you really should. Anand is a great presenter, and the material is very interesting as well.

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