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Two Minute Introduction to the CPM Toolkit

Word has it that a freely available Community Edition of the CPM Toolkit will be released shortly! ETA – within the next couple of weeks. By all accounts, it is going to provide the CPM functionality as laid out in Quest Software’s series of whitepapers on the topic.

Exciting stuff! In the meantime, here is a two minute introductory video to the toolkit to whet you appetite. Enjoy.


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Tech Ed EMEA 2008 Day Three

I had intended to start today with a brisk, rousing discussion on threads, but had to settle for the “Future of Unit Testing”, as the talk was cancelled. I usually prefer very technical talks, in fact the more impenetrable the better. The talk actually turned out to be interesting though and not as fluffy as it might have appeared at first glance. It was given by TypeMock’s, Roy Osherove. TypeMock currently make the best .NET Isolation Framework in my humble opinion, pity it’s a commercial product. It’s hard to justify purchasing software when so many effective, free alternatives are available.
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Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System Test Edition – A Year on

The Test Team at DSI have been using Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2008 Test Edition for over a year now. We first began using the beta version of the 2008 product late last year and have been consistently relying on the released product for both Web testing and Load testing since then. So now’s as good a time as any to do our ‘Year in the Life’ review of this product and see what we know now, that wasn’t so clear, when we first began using the product.

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Continuous Performance Management in Practise

Over the last week or so you will have seen a couple of blog entries from my colleagues on how we are implementing Continuous Performance Management in our existing CI process and how CI and Application Performance Management are drawing closer and closer.

It’s time to start putting some meat on the bones of Continuous Performance Management and introduce HelloCPM and show how CPM and be integrated into an existing Java module using ANT as it’s build mechanism. Our CPM implementation can work with ANT or Maven, but for the sake of this introduction, we will focus on ANT.

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Data-Driven Unit Testing using Excel in Visual Studio

Data-Driven Unit Tests are very powerful but, it seems to me, rarely used feature in Visual Studio. Although they are not suitable in all situations they can be of a great help. Personally, I used them to drive testing of business rules. In one of the scenarios I had 9 parameters and they had about 900 possible combinations. I was able to cut the number of possible tests and I did so, but the point is that in some scenarios just typing in test data into source code is very laborious and error prone and can be easily avoided.
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Microsoft Visual Studio Database Edition 2008

This evening, I presented to the sql server MTUG in Microsoft, Sanyford. Sql Mtug Group Link .

Thanks to all who attended & Niall and Co. for the invitation.

If you have any questions from the event, feel free to email me –

You can download the presentation here :Microsoft Visual Studio Database Edition 2008 Presentation

Make sure to check out the 2008 Power Tools, Unit Testing and Data Generation !

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Web and Load Testing using Microsoft Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition

At DeCare Systems Ireland (DSI) our software test team is benefitting from the newly released [tag]Microsoft Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) 2008 Test Edition[/tag] which they are using in conjunction with the [tag]Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Load Agent[/tag] software to web test and load test their [tag].NET[/tag] and [tag]Java[/tag] web-based applications.

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