Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR for Microsoft Test Manager


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR for Microsoft Test Manager improvements:
  1. Most testers have been accustomed to having multi-line support in Excel for managing their test cases.  So it's exciting that now Microsoft Test Manager supports multi-line test steps with ALT+ENTER(just like in Excel!).
  2. If you are in Microsoft Test Manager and have found that the Test Steps view is limiting, that has now changed.  Once you have Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and the GDR installed you will see that the number of Test Steps that you view at once has increased!


Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR for Microsoft Test Manager installation:
  1. The prerequisite is Visual Studio 2010 SP1 which can be downloaded/installed from here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=75568aa6-8107-475d-948a-ef22627e57a5
  2. You will need to download/install "Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR" from here http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=212065&clcid=0x409


You can have multiple lines for Actions or Expected Results in your Test Steps and it will look like below.


In the Test Runner the multiple lines will look like this below
























Before the GDR, note that I can only view 13 steps

















After the GDR, now I can view 23 steps by using the scroll bar!





Anna Russo
Application Lifecycle Management Consultant

5 comments:

  1. Anna,

    After installing both Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR, I can see more steps, however, the readable area for the parameters will not scroll/expand. I have many rows of parameters and it will be unacceptable if I cannot see them!

    Any idea what the problem is?

    Thank you!

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  2. Daphne,

    For me the parameters behave the same way, when I add data the scroll bar increases. Once I move the scroll bar down I see more rows for parameters.

    Hope that helps,
    Anna

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  3. Odd. When I opened up MTM this morning, it worked as expected. Thank you for your reply!

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  4. Hi Anna. Nice blog - full of good info. As a proof of concept, I initially installed Test Mgr 2010, played around with it, and then got the go-ahead to deploy and use it within our QA group. I'm confused as to which updates to install. I've already done VS 2010 SP1, but it looks like there is:
    Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2
    Visual Studio 2010 SP1 TFS Compatibility GDR
    Are these still recommended (i.e., they don't cause other weird side effects)?

    Thanks!
    Steve

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  5. Thanks!

    I would recommend both the Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 which has the Coded UI Test Editor and the Visual Studio SP1 TFS Compability GDR which has multi-step support/increased viewing area of test steps.

    There is one problem I just blogged about with the GDR but there is a workaround, so I still think it's worth installing.

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