Musings on software development

Anutthara Bharadwaj's notes on software development, Visual Studio and other random stuff

So long!

When I had just joined Microsoft, as a video game obsessed college kid, I was trying to figure out...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/12/2013

Cheat sheet : Submitting an entry to a software testing conference

Recently, I have been spending time reviewing papers submitted to two of the biggest software...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/28/2011

Industrial Strength Exploratory Testing - part 4

Continuing from the previous post, here is our last myth: Myth 3: Bugs found through exploratory...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/22/2011

Industrial Strength Exploratory Testing - part 3

Let's pick up mythbusting from where we left off Myth 2: There is no way to measure exploratory...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/03/2011

Reduce the size of test data in VS 2010 by avoiding publishing deployment binaries into TFS

Over the past few weeks, we have heard a spate of complaints about TFS database being bloated with...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 10/30/2011

Industrial Strength Exploratory Testing - part 2

In the last part, I introduced exploratory testing and looked at some advantages of employing...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 10/20/2011

Exploratory testing - introduction

I have been meaning to put together a series of blog posts on exploratory testing - how exploratory...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 10/20/2011

Books on software testing with Visual Studio ALM 2010

There have been some pretty good books released recently that discuss software testing with Visual...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 04/04/2011

Getting Results the Agile Way

Cliched, but true : the thing I love the most about Microsoft is the chance to work with some of the...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/08/2011

UI automation for Silverlight apps now available in feature pack 2 for VS 2010

Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is now available to MSDN subscribers. The feature pack contains...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/15/2010

Patch for Microsoft Test Manager released

We recently released a rollup QFE for Microsoft Test Manager that contains fixes for some crashes,...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/01/2010

Guidance for Creating Test Plans and Test Suites

Customers trying to start up with MTM newly, often ask for general guidance around how to start from...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 09/22/2010

Update on Silverlight UI automation release

[Update on 11/14/2010] The Silverlight UI automation features are now released and available for...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 07/14/2010

Cross browser testing on Firefox with Visual Studio 2010 UI automation

Cross browser testing on IE and FireFox is now supported in Visual Studio Test Tools with the...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 04/19/2010

Testing support for Silverlight apps in Visual Studio 2010

Whenever we talk about platform coverage for UI automation one of the frequent requests is support...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 03/21/2010

Exploratory testing with Visual Studio Test Pro

Exploratory testing(ET) as defined by Bach is simultaneous learning, test design and execution. It...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/17/2010

Hey – who’s the tester anyway?

When I talk to customers about using test tools, often enough, there are widely varying expectations...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/15/2010

Walkthrough: Using multiple Coded UI maps in test automation

This post will continue the previous post of Scaling up your CUIT UI automation for real world...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/10/2010

Resources for Visual Studio 2010 Test Tools

Our team has been busy putting together content for the Test Tools in Visual Studio 2010, and here...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/09/2010

Resources for Test Tools in Visual Studio 2010

Our team has been busy putting together content for the Test Tools in Visual Studio 2010, and here...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/09/2010

Scaling up your CUIT UI automation for real world projects

One of the complaints that we heard often from Coded UI test users in Beta2 was that the coded UI...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 02/08/2010

Pricing for VS 2010 SKUs announced

The pricing for the VS2010 SKUs are finally available. Check out the table below for retail prices...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 01/25/2010

How to simulate more than 250 virtual users on Load Test in VS2010 Beta2?

VS2010 Beta2 comes with a default license of only 250 virtual users per client. So, if you want to...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 01/21/2010

What apps and browsers does Coded UI test work on?

Here is a snapshot of the platform support provided by Coded UI (and also ability to Fast Forward in...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 01/14/2010

Wanna know about VS2010 ALM in 5 mins?

The VSTS Rangers have come up with this great set of content on VS2010 ALM that is basically...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 01/13/2010

Our PM team has put together a great series of demo videos to illustrate the new set of features...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/21/2009

Running tests in mstest without installing the VS IDE

Yes, you CAN run your unit tests or any other VS test type on a machine without having Visual Studio...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/16/2009

How to remove unwanted actions from the recording in Manual Test Runner/MTLM?

If you were recording your application while doing manual testing inside MTLM, you must have come...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/04/2009

Wanna win a Hyundai i20 car? Answer some qs on VS 2010

Check out the VS ALM challenge at http://www.vsalmchallenge.com/ – exciting stuff! Take the...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/03/2009

WPF controls not getting identified in Beta2 CUIT?

Are you having trouble identifying a few of your WPF controls in Coded UI Test after upgrading to...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/02/2009

What's new for manual testers in VS2010 Beta2?

I just gave a talk with the same title at Virtual Tech Days 2010. Deck and videos shared on my...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/12/2009

Tool to import test cases from Excel to MTLM (VS 2010 Beta2) now available on codeplex

Importing test cases from Excel to VS2010 is a no longer a pain. Check out Test Case Migrator...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/06/2009

Designing the Coded UI Test Builder

The Coded UI test interface has undergone a redesign in Beta2 to make it easier and more intuitive....

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 10/27/2009

What’s new for testers doing UI automation in VS 2010 Beta2?

We are back in Beta2 with a bunch of new stuff in Coded UI test for UI automation testers. First up,...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 10/25/2009

Where are my Team System features?

With the new SKU structure in Visual Studio, there is no longer any SKU called “Team System”. So,...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 10/23/2009

Testing Silverlight applications with VSTS 2010 – coded UI, MTLM and web tests

Lately, we’ve been asked by some of our users if they can use VSTS 2010 test features to test their...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 08/27/2009

Using regular expressions to locate controls in Coded UI Test

When testing UI applications, you often want to locate a control on the app under test that has...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 08/19/2009

Migrating test cases from Excel to VSTS 2010

Lately, there has been a hurried slew of queries on migrating test cases to VSTS 2010 from other...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 08/19/2009

Our first raving fan for Team Test in VSTS 2010!

Yay - I finally got to see our Dev10 Team Test bits being used in production! E&D team in in...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 07/16/2009

My top 3 favorite features of Outlook in Office 2010

Well – the tech preview for Office 2010 is now public – and I am bursting to tell you guys my...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 07/15/2009

Video recording crashing your Test Manager in VSTS 2010 Beta1?

Getting a video recording of your test to attach to the bug you file on your developer can be a...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 06/26/2009

UI automation breaking due to window title changing each time?

When testing UI applications, specially web apps, we frequently encounter the problem of window...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 06/11/2009

Where are the 1.4 million developers of India?

As I sit here @ Tech Ed 2009 in Hyderabad, that’s what I am wondering looking at the sparse audience...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 05/13/2009

Creating UI automation without writing a single line of code or script!

Check out this totally kickass feature in VSTS 2010 aka Dev10 – the Coded UI Test (CUIT). This is a...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 05/06/2009

Check out this article in ITMagz.com that covers the latest trends in software testing. This is...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 04/21/2009

My favorite engineering practice at Microsoft

Here at MSFT, specifically at DevDiv, we have specific testing categories called "Exit Criteria" -...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 03/25/2009

Your developer can never say "no repro" to your bug ever again!

You have already used the bug tracking system (WIT) in TFS before. So, we integrated this bug...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/05/2007

Rosario November CTP - did you play it back yet?

Right after we RTM-ed Orcas last Monday, we are out with the November CTP of Rosario VSTS. Go on...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 12/01/2007

Odds and ends

So, we've been heads down building the latest Rosario CTP of VSTT for you guys. Some good new stuff...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 11/26/2007

Brian Harry is now Technical Fellow

Yes - it was bound to happen - sooner rather than later. Brian Harry is now Technical Fellow at...

Author: Anutthara Bharadwaj Date: 08/17/2007

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