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Professional BizTalk® Server 2006 by Ewan Fairweather, Kevin B. Smith, Darren Jefford

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8.11. Summary

This chapter has given you insight into how to test an enterprise-class BizTalk solution. The content in this chapter is drawn from real-world experience gained while delivering some of the most challenging, mission-critical BizTalk solutions developed to date. Of course, test requirements will vary from project to project and will depend on the risk that a system failure represents for that project. Performing an appropriate level of testing will significantly reduce the risk associated with your project and maximize its chances of success. I have covered the different categories of tests that may be applicable to your project, and talked about approaches to troubleshoot and identify the source of issues. I have also discussed some of the great tools that you can leverage to help your testing.

I have discussed how the test strategy is an integral part of the development process and not an optional addition. If there is one thing you should take away from this chapter, it is to develop automated functional tests. If you do only that, it will dramatically increase the chances of your project succeeding. Automated tests are assets; you invest in building them, and then draw on that investment every time you run them. On the other hand, the adoption of a manual testing approach is a nonscalable approach and will increase the risk associated with your project. Often, this is a cultural change to many organizations, but, if you want to ship rock-solid software, you need ...

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