Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC

Microsoft patterns & practices has release Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC the guide describes how testing has been changing over the years and how Visual Studio 2012 RC helps us achieve continuous delivery. Just to get your interest here is a statement from the preface.

“Testing has always been the less glamorous sister to software development, scarcely noticed outside the software business, and the butt of complaints inside.”

I had the privilege of working on this book with the author’s as a contributor and reviewer.

Visual Studio 2012 RC is available.

VS Ultimate RC

Visual Studio 2012 Application Lifecycle Management Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts

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Mobile Testing plugin to Visual Studio

A new Visual Studio plug in SeeTest for mobile testing. You can use Visual Studio (all versions) to test real physical phones including iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Mobile and Symbian. This includes Windows 8 phones. Just connect your device using a standard USB cable to your computer and record tests. SeeTest auto generates a script that you can copy & paste into Visual Studio. Then you can edit, run & view results in Visual Studio.

Check out Charles Sterling blog all about Visual Studio & SeeTest plugin. There is a video on Charles blog that you can watch.

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Agile, Scrum webcasts to join

Agile.org has some create webcasts on subjects concerning Agile, Scrum. You can either sign up to them or go to the archive listing. Couple of interest are:

Agile Practices in a Traditional Organization

Adopting Test-First Development

Release Duration and Enterprise Agility

On May 15th is Agile and Quality: It is not an Oxymoron but a Necessity

Click here to check out the public webcast series.

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Code Coverage for Manual Testing is coming in vNext …

Microsoft is storyboarding the process of code coverage for manual testing. They are also looking for you to complete a quick survey on the subject. The Visual Studio ALM team are asking for our help so let’s give it to them. Click below to do the survey.

Code Coverage for Manual Testing Survey

This is how tools get made that we will use, thanks for helping.

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Microsoft VS TFS 11 Beta Power Tools are available

TFS11 beta power tools are now available for download.

In the power tool are:

  • Best Practices Analyzer

  • Team Explorer Enhancements
  • Team Foundation Power Tool Command Line (tfpt.exe)
  • Test Attachment Cleaner
  • Process Template Editor
  • Windows Shell Extensions

Read more about what all these power tools give you and download TFS11 Beta Power Tool.

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ALM User Group in Toronto meets May 24th

It is Methodology May at the TALMUG

Methodology. In the world of software development there are not many words that raise contention quite as quickly as this. But why is that? What are the differences between Agile, Iterative, and Rigorous software development methodologies? There has been buzz about Scrum, XP, Lean, Waterfall, Kanban, and RUP for years; how do they fit into this discussion? But most importantly, why should you care? What does the test team think of all this?

In Methodology May the TALMUG brings you a panel of ALM professionals to discuss and debate these very questions and maybe help you see what methodology could work best at your company.

Pizza and Pop will be available at 5:30pm - Come out and join in on the discussions.

Being held at 40 University, Suite 1301, Toronto meeting starts at 6pm.

Follow on twitter @TOALMUG

Click here to Sign Up 

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Agile book pre order deal – Software in 30 Days

New Agile book by Ken Schwaber and Jeff Sutherland can be pre-ordered at Amazon for a great discounted price.

About the book from Amazon:

A radical approach to getting IT projects done faster and cheaper than anyone thinks possible

Software in 30 Days summarizes the Agile and Scrum software development method, which allows creation of game-changing software, in just 30 days. Projects that use it are three times more successful than those that don't. Software in 30 Days is for the business manager, the entrepreneur, the product development manager, or IT manager who wants to develop software better and faster than they now believe possible. Learn how this unorthodox process works, how to get started, and how to succeed. Control risk, manage projects, and have your people succeed with simple but profound shifts in the thinking.

The authors explain powerful concepts such as the art of the possible, bottom-up intelligence, and why it's good to fail early—all with no risk greater than thirty days.

I highly recommend reading this book.

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Microsoft Lab Manager improvements in TFS11

Microsoft is making improvements to Lab Manager in TFS11. Brain Harry explains in this blog the primary addition of “Standard Environments” that enables the use of VM Ware with Lab Manager. Brian’s blog goes through how it all works and more.

Brain Harry’s blog.

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Exploratory Testing Blog by Anutthara

Anutthara is the Program Manager in the Visual Studio ALM Test Tools group at Microsoft. She is doing a series blog on Exploratory Testing. Anu's team does exploratory testing on all their projects and is well versed on the topic. Follow Anu's Exploratory Testing series by clicking here.

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Microsoft vNext preview has been released as of yesterday

Microsoft vNext was released yesterday at BUILD and is available on MSDN if you have a subscription. The released name is Visual Studio 11. There is lots of new stuff for the developer’s but of interest to me and likely anyone following my blog is the Agile features shown in the diagram below. The Exploratory Testing tool is very cool as is the Feedback tool. What am I saying it is all cool.

Check out more information on each of these items here.

Visual Studio 11


Stay tuned I will do my own review of these tools for you in the days to come.

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