Automation Runner – Running Tests Without Visual Studio

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I’m often asked to provide a solution for testers who wants to run automation but don’t want to work with Visual Studio (Or don’t have a license). You can run automation using MSTest or using VSTEST.Console command line tools, working with command line isn’t simple and friendly for testers:     1. Test Methods – How do I know which tests available in each Test Assembly?     2. Running list of tests – I what to control which tests to run and manage my own test plans.     3. Reporting – I want to get real time status on...

TFS Cleaner Tool

Thursday, December 11, 2014

I few weeks ago I wrote a post about Control\Reduce TFS DB Size after received a “There is not enough space on the disk” message. That post shows how to identify what Test Attachments types are taking so much space and using the MS Test Attachment Cleaner to remove them from TFS repository. Two things, first I don’t like using Command Line tool – I prefer UI, so using MS Test Attachment Cleaner isn’t my favorite. Second, there are other things beside Test Attachment what consume a lot of space in TFS. So I decide to create a...

WPF Global Exception Handler

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I decide to write this post because I’m facing too many applications that crash, yes just crash – no massage or recovery just crash!!! For some application it feels like 50% chance to get an exception, for me when an application crashes frequently I stop using it when I can find a proper replacement, but not always I can find suitable a replacement. In case you don’t know what I’m talking about here is a small application I’ve created to demonstrate what I’m talking about. Now, it doesn’t required a lot of work to handle those unhandled...

How To: Enable Coded UI Html Logger

Monday, November 24, 2014

Many of my customers has already build large amount of Tests based on Coded UI, those tests running every build and every day, for a second everything looks just perfect, until a test failed with unexpected exception…. Then we need to understand why? the test failed because the new build broke the test? maybe something wrong with the test? So the obvious choice is adding logs to Coded UI, Coded UI has some basic logs capabilities, you can use either console, trace and TestContext to write logs inside your Coded UI Tests. Console.WriteLine("Console Writeline"); Trace.WriteLine("Trace Writeline"); TestContext.WriteLine("TestContext Writeline"); Now, if you...

Super Simple Load Test From VSO

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Brian Harry post about this new experience a few weeks ago so in case you haven't heard about it here a glimpse. First if you don’t have VSO (Visual Studio Online) account it’s free and simple right here - http://www.visualstudio.com/For more information on VSO check out my presentation on VSO - http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/shair/2014/10/30/sela-open-house-visual-studio-online-application-insights/ Microsoft calling it “Load Test” but I think the proper term is High Scale Availability Check, because you can only test one Url,  and you can’t add validations to the load so where there is not validations there is no Test. As the post title implies it’s...

Lifetime Dev Center Registration for Windows Phone 8 & Windows 8

Monday, September 22, 2014

A week ago Microsoft announce that she’s dropping her annual fee, Starting September 16, 2014, all Windows and Windows Phone developer accounts in Dev Center will transition to a one-time only Dev Center registration fee. Microsoft Announcement Each developer will still have to pay 19$ but this is for lifetime account, a company will have to 99$ (once), the new entrance will allow you to choose which dashboard you want to enter and from there everything is pretty much the same. Dropping of annual fees that is the big news for developers, pay 19$ for both Windows Phone 8 and Windows...
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VS 2013 CA0053 : Error Running Code Analysis

Friday, July 4, 2014

I have a lecture next week on performance and developers tools and I went to an old project (TicTacToe – Created in VS 2010 ) I’m using to demonstrate code analysis. I’ve open the project and ran Code Analysis, and I received the following error: CA0053    Error Running Code Analysis    CA0053 : Unable to load rule assembly 'c:\program files (x86)\microsoft visual studio 10.0\team tools\static analysis tools\fxcop\rules\globalizationrules.dll': Unable to load one or more of the requested types. Retrieve the LoaderExceptions property for more information.        (Global)      Right any I tested new project created in VS...

Could not establish trust relationship for SSL/TLS secure channel

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Working with WebClient to fetch some data from a web service (HTTPS) return an error, now it’s fully understandable why this exception raised – the server certificate has expired and isn’t valid any more. But how I can still getting the data from the service although the certificate isn’t valid??? You just need to override the ServerCertificateValidationCallback property - Gets or sets the callback to validate a server certificate. System.Net.ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback = delegate(object sender, X509Certificate certificate, X509Chain chain, SslPolicyErrors sslPolicyErrors) { return true; }; And you’re done!
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How To: Run Tests On Different Machines In Parallel

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I’m getting this question a lot, how to run multiple tests on different machines in parallel? Every customer that I work with has over 100 tests and some has more than 1000+. So how to improve test execution time? running 1000+ tests can take a while and we want to get the results as fast as possible. So, for Unit Tests there is a nice trick (Wrote about it in 2010 –>Run Unit Tests in Parallel using Visual Studio 2010) that allow you to run those tests in parallel on the same machine. But what about Coded UI Tests? you most know we...