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  1. Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option back!

    Add "Create Unit Tests" menu option to automatically create unit test skeletons for methods and namespaces as it was in VS 2010!

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      Thank you for using Visual Studio and for your commitment to improving it. Though the ALM Rangers have released a workaround for this issue, we will change this item’s status to “Under Review” while we continue to evaluate the feasibility of including this into the product in a future release.

    • coded ui

      Enhance Coded UI Test to include the many common features found in commercial-off-the-shelf software test automation packages like SmartBear's Test Complete. These packages typically feature very rich functionality in mapping and managing UI control objects, whereas Coded UI does not. Packages like Test Complete also boast an impressive list of technologies with which it is compatible. Coded UI is limited in this respect as well.

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      • Allow use of DataTestMethod / DataRow in all unit testing projects

        As I understand it these attributes are limited to use in WinRT/Metro and now with update 2, Windows Phone 8. It would be very helpful to be able to use them in all test projects e.g.

        [DataTestMethod]
        [DataRow("a", "b")]
        [DataRow(" ", "a")]
        public void TestMathos1(string value1, string value2)
        {
        Assert.AreEqual(value1 + value2, string.Concat(value1, value2));
        }

        518 votes
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          8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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            We added support for Cross Browser testing with VS 2012 Update 1. http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudioalm/archive/2012/10/30/introducing-cross-browser-testing-with-coded-ui-tests.aspx

            For MTM scenarios, you would need to import action recordings from MTM into a Coded UI Test and change browser type to the desired one.

            I would like to know if this satisfies the needs of folks on this thread and I can close this to release votes or if people are specifically looking for the ability to specify browser type from within MTM.

            Prachi Bora, Visual Studio Program Manager, MSFT

          • Add a RowTest attribute to MSTest to facilitate parameterized tests.

            It would be great to have a RowTest attribute (like in NUnit) added to facilitate parameterized tests, like:

            [RowTest]
            [Row(10, 10, 100)]
            Public void Add_MultipleValues_ReturnsSum(int x, int y, int expected) { … }

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              8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • enable changing the order of test cases on the web gui and let them be tested in this order for both manual & automated tests

              With the MTM 2012, it is possible to change the order of test cases within one test suite and this order is considered when testing. This functionality is missing in the web environment. It is not possible to order test cases and then have somebody else test them in a specific order. If a test suite is run, the tests are ordered by ID only. Make this work for both manual & automated tests.

              289 votes
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              • Show me all test suites/ test plans a test case belongs to

                I should be able to find out all the test plans/ test suites in which a given test case is used

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                  1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                  Take a look at the VSO release notes (www.visualstudio.com/.../2014-sep-4-vso) for the “Test cases related to Test suites” section.

                  This capability allows the most basic need of finding out what all suites a test case belongs to. The list of suites that show up in the “test suite pane” for a selected test case lists all the suites that are present in the current test plan, across test plans and even across team projects within the current team project collection – just hover over the suite name for this information

                  See the following for more info:
                  http://www.visualstudio.com/get-started/create-tests-vs

                  This capability will be coming onto On-Prem TFS in the next update – TFS 2013 Update#4.

                  -Ravi Shanker

                • Recover trx files for Unit Test

                  I found in VS 11 Beta or VS 2012 RC, when I did some unit test, there is no trx file that stores test results any longer in the TestResults folder, so in this case, I have no way to check my previous test results, this is very inconvenience, especial when I want to save all my unit test results in somewhere, why did you remove this feature in the new version?

                  223 votes
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                  • provide an (extensibility) API for the Microsoft Test Manager

                    Currently we need to go quite some lengths in order to extend and customize the Microsoft Test Manager functionality (Planning, edition and running tests) because the functionality mtm(.exe) provides only overlaps to a certain extend to our usecases and right now it offers no public API which we can build upon.

                    197 votes
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                    • support parameters for radio buttons and checkboxes in MTM

                      I can use parameters while creating action recording and playback for text fields and drop down elements. This does not work for check boxes or radio buttons (For example, if I create a parameter with value "Yes" and use that for a check box, the binding does not work)

                      156 votes
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                        8 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Provide more visibility for a test case's result status

                        Currently in MTM, you have to switch back and forth between the Test and Plan tabs because you can't see the test run status (i.e. Active, Passed, Failed, etc.) at the same time as you can assign testers to test cases. This makes re-balancing the workload across a large set of test cases very painful. (Also, the interface for assigning multiple test cases to a tester (or testers) is cumbersome.)

                        It's difficult to report on test case result status within a suite - you can only easily report status using the pie chart for the entire test plan.

                        Allow the…

                        152 votes
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                          5 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • See which test plans/runs are running on a lab environment

                          Via MTM lab management you can now only see that the lab environment is running tests.

                          I would like to see which test runs/plans are running and also those that have been queued for running in the lab environment.

                          Purpose: In a situation where multiple teams can use the same environments for their regression tests, it would be very handy for an admin to see who is running the tests and also which ones are queued.

                          Also to set priority, similar as in the build queue in TFS.

                          131 votes
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                            1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Allow Test Case Work Items to be created for Native C++ Unit tests

                            I want the ability to associate native C++ Unit tests to Work Items of type Test Case so that I can import these test cases into Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) and run these tests from MTM. We already have a large number of C# unit tests and we have done a large amount of automation around MTM. We do not want to solve this automation problem again for native C++ Unit tests.

                            131 votes
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                              1 comment  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Test Explorer is severely limited

                              I have to assume the people who developed the VS2012/2013 test explorer view never actually had to use it in production. The test explorer view is horribly limited in comparison to the one in VS2010.

                              1. Running tests does not open the Test Explorer window until after all the tests completed running. There's literally no indication that anything is happening. VS2010 immediately opened the window to show you that the tests were running.

                              2. Where are the columns? Most importantly: the error message column. if I'm dealing with multiple test failures, I almost always just need to see the error…

                              113 votes
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                              • Groupping UnitTests by Namespace missing in VS2012

                                In Test Explorer groupping Tests by Namespace is not possible like in older versions of Visual Studio.

                                110 votes
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                                  0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • support Spec Explorer in Visual Studio 2012

                                  I use Spec Explorer 2010, a model-based testing tool extension to Visual Studio 2010, to generate automated test cases. It has become an important part of our testing strategy. But the current version only works with Visual Studio 2010.

                                  Please develop a Spec Explorer extension for Visual Studio 2012, so that we can continue to use Spec Explorer to generate test cases as our developers move to Visual Studio 2012.

                                  110 votes
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                                    7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Add the ability to use the same shared step multiple times with different parameters in the same iteration

                                    At present you can use a shared step multiple times in the same iteration, however, you can only use it with the same parameter values.

                                    It would be extremely useful from a test case design perspective if you could use a shared step multiple times in the same iteration with different parameter values each time the shared step is used.

                                    92 votes
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                                      6 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                    • Provide the ability to run multiple test suites within a test plan in Microsoft Test Manager

                                      Currently Microsoft Test Manager allows running only one test suite at a time within a Test Plan. Real testing of any reasonably large system will result in the creation of multiple test suites within a Test Plan, some of which are likely to be Test suites nested within other Test Suites.

                                      Please provide a way for the user to select multiple any or all Test Suites withing a Test Plan and with a single Run "command"

                                      91 votes
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                                      • Coded UI - Have a "continue on error" for asserts

                                        Currenlty if a assert fails, the test stops
                                        (Since the CodedUI is built on top the unit test framework)

                                        But in a Coded UI test you may have multiple assert in a page and currently you have code a Try Catch block.
                                        In web performance test the continue on error does exist.

                                        (the feature pack 2 as misleading Continue on Error but that is only associated to playback)

                                        90 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Add option to stop QTAgent by the Test Agent if for example 5 minutes no test is run

                                          If some test for some reason doesn't cleanup its playback(Playback.CleanUp()) the Test Agent which run the test becomes unusable until its restarted or QTAgent is killed. In Visual Studio 2010 there is an option "Keep test execution engine running between runs" it will be very useful if its possible to set this on the Test Agents or Test Controllers.

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