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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.

      793 votes
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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));
        }

        549 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) { … }

            332 votes
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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.

              297 votes
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              • 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?

                235 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.

                  213 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 →
                    • 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.

                      154 votes
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                        4 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.

                        134 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…

                          119 votes
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                          • 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 →
                            • Improve UI for 2015 Microsoft Test Manager Client User Experience

                              A significant portion of MTM has moved to the web, however the MTM client still has to be used for rich bug creation, rich action recordings, and rich test run data collection, however the User Experience of MTM is stuck in 2009 and is woefully out of date.

                              I'd like to have a complete UI overhaul of the MTM client with an improved Modern UI.

                              I'd like to be able to have excel embedded in the client so as to be able to bulk update test cases, test suites, and test plans.

                              Give testers a modern MTM client for 2015…

                              109 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.

                                107 votes
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                                  0 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"

                                  95 votes
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                                  • 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 →
                                    • 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.

                                        87 votes
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                                          2 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Allow MTM to record assertions

                                          QA can currently record actions that can be made into Coded UI tests.

                                          But they can't record "assertions".

                                          This seems odd because they are visually asserting already.

                                          The assertion dialog for MTM could be much simpler than in Visual Studio. 99% of all assertions come from the "Display Value" field. Just make that the only one that MTM uses.

                                          This allows the QA role to create much better actions that can then translate into Coded UI tests.

                                          86 votes
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