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February 04, 2005

A Small Primer on Unit Testing Using Visual Studio Team System 2005

As promised, here's a small primer on testing.

Note: if you're an inveterate tabbed-browsing researcher like me, hit up my testing linkblog page for hot hyperlink action with all the sites mentioned herein.

The best introduction to testing in general, and developer testing specifically, and test-first versus test-last religiously, is found in "Chapter 22: Developer Testing" from Steve McConnell's Code Complete, Second Edition on Microsoft Press. This book is absolutely superb, and if you can't reach onto your shelf to look that chapter up, delicious this post and buy the book now.

Next, digest a more academic, but still informal, paper on modern computer-assisted testing.

CoDe magazine ran two very basic articles in it's Nov/Dec issue that show simple test cases and the basic capabilities of common unit testing.

Microsoft as a company seems to be at the forefront in pushing full-on testing methodology with equivalent positions for developers and testers. A Test Lead blog creates a jumping off point for Microsoft-centric testing by describing and then discussing & linking what a testing developer position is and does.

Burton, aka Team System 2005, has a fully integrated testing environment that encompasses unit, load, and manual testing. The FAQ is a nice intro to its capabilities. The name ‘Burton’ also surges forth the desire to carve fresh pow-pow on a sweet ride.

The Tester edition of Burton has its own little web page where you may grok features, etc.

Strangely, the built-in Whidbey [December 2004 CTP Beta 1] Help does not contain any testing information, but did point to this, and only this, third-party article, which comes at things from an odd and less-than-useful perspective. Hey guys, you can always link to me instead.

If you haven't noticed, there are a ton of MS bloggers, and I found several blogs helpful in understanding testing in general, and in how to use Visual Studio as a testing tool specifically.

Sara Ford's blog is the largest and most frequently updated. She has been posting some quizzes, some internal practices, etc. Quite useful stuff.

The Braidy Tester, besides carrying an amazing name/photo 1-2 ko, is an always-thoughtful blogger that addresses larger issues in testing.

My obligatory Joel on Software "This isn't quite apropos but damn he writes so well" link.

[Note] I will update this page as I grok additional resources.
[Update] Fixed broken link.

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