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Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio® 2010 by Martin Woodward, Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, Brian Keller, Mickey Gousset

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Chapter 14. Manual Testing

WHAT'S IN THIS CHAPTER?

  • Using Microsoft Test Manager to create and manage test plans

  • Authoring manual tests and publishing the results

  • Taking advantage of fast-forward for manual testing to speed up test runs

Across the software development industry, manual testing still makes up about 70 percent of the testing efforts as compared to creating automated tests, or specialized testing efforts such as performance and scale testing. Yet, manual testing has historically been overlooked by most software development tool vendors. Microsoft is seeking to change that disparity with Visual Studio 2010 by building an entirely new set of tools targeted specifically at the generalist tester. A generalist tester is a person who tests software manually by directly interacting with the software in the way a user might, and filing bugs when the tester encounters broken functionality or unexpected behavior.

In this chapter, you will learn how Visual Studio 2010 can make generalist testers more efficient at authoring, managing, and executing manual test cases. You will also gain an understanding of how the new testing framework in Visual Studio 2010 bridges the gap between testers and developers by capturing rich diagnostics during test runs, which can then be analyzed by developers to help them diagnose and resolve bugs.

MICROSOFT TEST MANAGER

Microsoft Test Manager is a new tool designed specifically for generalist testing teams. With Test Manager, you can create and manage test ...

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