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Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012

Microsoft Patterns and Practices just release a new "blue book”, this time covering many testing practices using Visual Studio ALM 2012 as the foundation. The book has a nice scenario-oriented approach with good practical examples to get you started.

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The book is available for free and can be downloaded here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35380

Oh, my “Create Unit Test” dialog is empty…

Today I worked on a strange little behavior in the dialog used to create unit tests from code in Visual Studio 2008.


When I choose to create a new unit test the dialog displayed was completely empty:



After searching a bit on the Microsoft support website I found the reason; it turned out that there’s a bug in VS 2008 Service Pack 1 that causes this effect when there’s a Visual Studio 2008 GDR database project in the solution. Usually I keep the database project outside the main solution but in this case it was included and was causing the trouble. The problem occurs for these project types:


  • A Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Team System Database Edition General Distribution Release (GDR) project
  • A Microsoft Silverlight project
  • A Windows Installer XML (WIX) project

Fortunately there’s a fix available that resolves this issue available here. So I installed and the dialog works fine again!