Microsoft patterns & practices published a new book.
What’s the book all about?
“Testing is potentially an obstacle to agile software deployment. The smallest change in your code could require the whole application to be retested. This book shows you how to minimize these costs by using the testing infrastructure of Visual Studio 2012. The code samples gives you a starting point to test your infrastructure.”
Who should read the book?:
“This book is aimed at test engineers, managers, developers, and folks interested in understanding the changing world of test.”
Read online: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj159345.aspx
Microsoft updated the Visual Studio website to include:
- Visual Studio Test Professional Overview
- Test Planning with Visual Studio 2010
- Test Authoring and Test Running with Visual Studio 2010
- Test Automation with Visual Studio 2010
- Tracking Quality with Visual Studio 2010
"How do I" Videos:
- How Do I: Plan Tests with Visual Studio 2010
- How Do I: Author and Run Tests in Visual Studio 2010
- How Do I: Automate Testing with Visual Studio 2010
- How Do I: Track Application Quality with Visual Studio 2010
- Test Professional 2010 Evaluator’s Guide
- Free e-Book Chapter
You receive the following error message on a Windows Server operating system:
Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Expression.Encoder.Utilities.dll’ or one of its dependencies. The specified module could not be found.
- Enable the "Desktop Experience" feature.
Microsoft released an update (KB 983578) for:
- Team Foundation Server 2010
- All Team Foundation Server 2010 clients (aka Team Explorer)
It’s the same update package that will update the client and server components.
What’s in that upgrade?
According to Brian Harry and the KB article:
Enables Visual Studio 2010 Lab Management functionality
- Improves performance for Lab Management Workflow Wizard.
- Improves performance for running automated test cases on Network Isolated Lab environments.
- Fixes an issue in which a Test Controller service account that is the same as a Lab Service account causes issues with environment capabilities.
- There is a new Expression Encoder 4.0 based Video Diagnostic data adapter to collect video recording when you perform tests. This diagnostic adapter replaces the Windows Media Encoder base video diagnostic adapter.
- Labels created in TFS2008 do not contain items after migration to TFS 2010 under certain rename/delete conditions.
- TFS Cannot be re-installed (ATOnly) targeting a database that was patched before.
- Tfs2010Beta2ToRTM operation is not executed when RC database is upgraded by post RTM server (RTM + Patch1 or SP1).
- VS2008 “smart device” projects pick up the 2010 MSTEST rather than the 2008 one.
- Unavailable build agents are pinged indefinitely rather than giving up after an hour.
- Duplicate changeset listings in build report.
- Test results for VS2008 solution not published in case of a failed test.
- Cannot delete build drops if a controller goes down
- Open Process File Location” grayed out on menu- right click on a build definition when connected to a TFS 2008 server
- Branch from label has been removed in TFS 2010 – now it’s back.
- Convert folder to branch on a hierarchy root folder with children and cycle renames crashes VS.
- Unshelve reports bogus errors about a null DownloadUrl when dependent renames are shelved and child item names overlap.
- Incorrect query plan on QueryPendingChanges when querying all users pending changes can lead to bad performance.
- merge /discard in both directions causes unnecessary “empty” merges in future merge attempts.
- Issue in merge causes a conflict not to be generated when there is a rename in the target and source.
- Overly aggressive automatic detection of file encoding can result in inappropriate encoding mismatches during merges.
Work Item Tracking
- Work item queries containing references to deleted fields can cause a red X on the work items node.
Team Web Access
- Firefox Browser: "Link Selected Items to a New Work Item" and other dialogs don’t launch pages successfully
- Chrome Browser: Adding an attachment doesn’t work
- Chrome Browser: Select Query Dropdown doesn’t work in Choose Work Items window
- Chrome Browser: Retain/Delete a build in Build Report page will get an exception “Unexpected callback response”
- Query Picker Web Part Incorrectly Renders List Items (Rows) in List View (Overflow DIVs) within WebKit-based Browsers (including Safari, Chrome, etc)
Where should I apply the upgrade?
|TFS component: ||Applies to: |
|TFS Application Tier ||Yes |
|TFS Data Tier (SQL Server) ||No |
|Team Explorer 2010 ||Yes |
|Visual Studio 2010 ||Yes |
|Visual Studio 2005/2008 ||No |
|Microsoft Test Manager (MTM) ||Yes |
|TFS Build Controller ||Yes |
|TFS Build Agent ||Yes |
|TFS Test Controller ||Yes |
|TFS Test Agent ||Yes |
|TFS Lab Agent ||Yes |
|System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) ||No |
|SQL Server Reporting Services ||No |
|SQL Server Analysis Services ||No |
|SharePoint/WSS ||No |
Download the update package now.
Frequently asked questions
- Should I install the update although I do not use Lab Management?
Yes, it contains all TFS fixes that have been made since TFS 2010.
- Is this a Service Pack?
- If I reinstall or add TFS components later, do I have to reapply this patch?
- Should I stop TFS service prior to installing?
No, this is not necessary and will be done automatically by the update.