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  1. Pass test configuration variables for a test point directly as a property in TestContext

    The test configuration variable values defined in the test configuration for the currently executing test point should be directly available in the TestContext instance as custom properties.

    Right now in order to get the value of a test configuration variable you need to query the configuration from TFS. And that option is actually broken because the TestContext doesn't update between separate test points of the same test case.

    This will open up use cases such as having a "Browser" test configuration variable and then using the appropriate browser in Coded UI tests.

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      0 comments  ·  Visual Studio Test and Lab Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Optional Flag for Coded UI Test Builder Adding FrameworkID Search Property

      We need to create our Coded UI Maps to be backwards compatible with VS 2012 and VS 2010. When upgrading to VS2013 our solution doesn't change other than adding settings to ask what development environment to properly configure itself for that version of Visual Studio. This design was great because it allows our solution to be backwards compatible. When adding new controls in a CodedUI UIMap we get a new search property 'FrameworkID' which is not backwards compatible because older version of Visual Studios doesn't know of this value.

      So I am wondering if we could get an option in…

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      • Minimize the Visual studio window while executing coded ui Tests

        Minimize the Visual studio window while executing coded ui Tests. Now we are getting flashing of screens between Visual Studio and AUT while executing Data driven test.

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        • Add a continuous test runner

          Add a continuous test runner that runs tests continuously. I have used nCrunch and the functionality is the best plugin available for visual studio. Now that it has gone commercial we would have to buy it, but plugins for visual studio are hard to justify when spending as much as we do for VS Ultimate.

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          • Provide an option to Open or Save As an attachment from a step in the Test Runner window.

            We have several test cases with attachments that need to be saved in a specific location when executing a test, so we need an option from the Test Runner window to Save As the attachment. Currently, clicking on the attachment opens the it in the program associated to the file extension.

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            • Hierarchical namespace view of tests in Test Explorer

              When working on a project with a lot of tests, I want to navigate the tests in a hierarchy: top level are assembly names, under each assembly name I want to see the dissembled namespace names.

              E.g: AssemblyName/Namespace/Namespace/Namespace/.../TestClassName/TestCase

              Leaf parent nodes should be the class name housing the test cases/the test class, leaf nodes then the test case.

              This helps me to find and run the test cases I'm interested in. Using search isn't a good candidate for this because assembly names and namespaces are long, and I don't want to type them into a search box.

              At the moment…

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              • Provide the capability to execute nested suites from the top level suite

                If I build a test plan with a hierarchy of suites, I'd like to be able to start execution on the top level suite and for that to automatically include the lower level suites in the execution

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                  • Running Tests on UI Thread for Windows Phone Unit Tests

                    Support UITestMethodAttribute for Windows Phone Unit Test framework to allow running unit tests on the main UI thread.

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                    • Allow for async TestInitialize method in mstest

                      Currently, having an async TestInitialize method results in an invalid signature exception.

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                      • Mutation Testing within MS Test

                        I would like to have mutation testing integrated with MS Test.
                        Mutation testing should be based on information about the code coverage.
                        Therefore, once the MS Test is run, mutation testing will, optionally, run on set of mutants. This set of mutants will contain faulty source code with mutations being made only at places covered by MS Test suit.
                        At the end, the user is provided with information about the live mutants. The user can then dissmiss equal mutants (mutants with the same behaviour) and they won't be run in the next mutant testing.

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                        • MStest command line progress

                          I am running a big mstest suite from the command line that takes about 15 minutes to complete. Once started the output to the command window is as below...

                          Microsoft (R) Test Execution Command Line Tool Version 10.0.30319.1
                          Copyright (c) Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

                          Loading SetupTestRun.testrunconfig...
                          Loading Test.BusinessLibrary\All.orderedtest...
                          Starting execution...

                          It remains like this until the test finishes and then dumps all the results to the screen in one big batch. Is there anyway to get a running progress of the tests to the command window so I can see a) how far it has progressed and b) what…

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                          • auto generate bugs after a automation test run

                            After my automation tests are run, I want any failed test case to automatically generate a bug report and place it on the specific person of my choise. I want this to be an easy option in test manager that could be configured in the test manager GUI. No coding required so my testers easy could configure it.
                            And attachments should be possible to be added as well.

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                            • Test Manager - Additional notes for test execution

                              An area to write notes that appear pop up prior to test execution, nice to haves or need to knows for the tester.

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                              • Coded UI tests can support higher version of Firefox and Chrome for Silverlight 5

                                Current Coded UI tests only support firefox 3.5 in Silverlight 4.. Now Firefox version is 13 and it is not supported in Silverlight 5.

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                                • Give me a way to pass MTM test configuration information to Automated Tests (Visual Studio Test Methods)

                                  I get that MTM test configurations are for tracking and management purposes but in order for them to be useful and model actual tests we need a way to get them into visual studio test methods as parameter values.

                                  For example with CodedUI Cross Browser testing we need to assign the browser type. Yet if I need to execute the test against three browsers IE/FireFox/Chrome the only recommended way to do this (without duplicating code) is through a data source. The problem with data sources is that the test will iterate through all possible browser values (performing three tests) and…

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                                  • Mtm sends an email with a test report when the automation test run is done

                                    When a automation test run is complete. My team wants it to automaticlly send emails to persons of my choise with a test report. There should be a option in the test manager GUI where the person could set an option "send email when done". Also there should be option to which email it should be sent to. This should be possible without involving coding, thats how it is today.
                                    The report should be like the report in mtm but maybe in a doc/pdf format. A product owner should be able to read and easily understand and base decision on…

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                                    • Integrate Azure to Lab Management

                                      Azure as Virtual Machine Manager must be integrated in to the Microsoft Test Manager.

                                      So those developers, like i am an many others, who does not have a whole infrastructure with SCVMM installed would be able to fully utilize ALM patterns to test their apps within the custom environments in fast and easy way.

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                                      • Allow Test Result Reporting for multiple Manual Test Cases that are associated with a single Automated Test Method

                                        While an Automated Test in Visual Studio can be linked to multiple Manual Test Cases in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM), only ONE of the associated Manual Test Cases is marked as run / passed / failed when the Automated Test is run.

                                        [ Current Behavior ]
                                        1. Link an Automated Test Method in Visual Studio / TFS with a Manual Test Case in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) / TFS, via the Test List Editor or 'tcm.exe' tool
                                        2. Link the same Automated Test Method from Step 1 with another Manual Test Case in Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) / TFS, via…

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                                        • Associate Multiple CodedUI test methods to single testcase in MTM

                                          Currently we can't associate multiple test methods in a Coded UI test to a single testcase in MTM.

                                          This will be useful since , generally we wont try to automate a testcase as a single testmethod.
                                          Fo ease of understanding and maintenance, we split them into small steps.

                                          Testmethods are written as Step001, Step002,Step003 etc

                                          But in MTM when trying to associate, we can select only Step001 or Step002 but not multiple steps.

                                          So it would be great if we have an option in MTM to associate the required steps or dll containing all steps.

                                          Thanks,
                                          Vishnu V. Potti

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