Follow up from the 3-16-2010 ALEMUG meeting


It was a great time at the ALEMUG meeting, even if I didn’t get a slice of pizza.  It was an open space, so the agenda we had was quickly abandoned in favor of whatever people were interested in.

Some people were interested in training for Visual Studio 2010, especially the ALM features they hadn’t seen before.  There were a few topic areas that people wanted follow up on:

Training

The latest release of the Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0 Training Kit.

https://channel9.msdn.com/shows/10-4

https://channel9.msdn.com/learn

http://blogs.msdn.com/anutthara/archive/2009/12/21/vs2010-demos-for-testing-tools-mtlm-cuit-and-related-features.aspx

You can also find great information at http://blogs.msdn.com/mathew_aniyan/ and http://blogs.msdn.com/lab_management/. Jim Lamb also posted this: http://blogs.msdn.com/team_foundation/pages/resources.aspx.

and there’s the set of resources from MIX 2010, including Silverlight 4 and Windows Phone 7 development: http://live.visitmix.com/Resources. Plus, you can view the MIX Videos to learn more.  You may also want to look at http://ietestdrive.com to get an early copy of IE9.

Visual Studio Go Live

Go-live instructions are at http://blogs.msdn.com/jeffbe/archive/2009/10/19/going-live-with-visual-studio-2010-beta-2.aspx.

AppFabric Go Live and Release Dates

Sorry, still checking on this for the version that you’d install on your local servers.  It appears that it will lag the Visual Studio 2010 release, but I can’t say by how much.  There is the Azure version, though.

Why isn’t there a 64-bit Visual Studio?

The main answer was because it doesn’t need to be (yet), it would probably be counterproductive for a lot of users, but I’ll talk with some people about it. There is a richer answer at http://blogs.msdn.com/ricom/archive/2009/06/10/visual-studio-why-is-there-no-64-bit-version.aspx, which is probably the same answer I’ll get the next time I ask (again).

 

What does “AnyCPU” really mean?

This seems to be a pretty good answer here: http://blogs.msdn.com/rmbyers/archive/2009/06/08/anycpu-exes-are-usually-more-trouble-then-they-re-worth.aspx and another one at http://blogs.msdn.com/joshwil/archive/2005/04/08/406567.aspx.

How can you turn on video recording for a Visual Studio test case?

If you don’t have test settings enabled in your solution, then add one.  Right-click your solution in the solution explorer and follow the context menus to add a new item to the solution, or select the solution in the solution explorer and hit ctrl-shift-a:

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Then pick new test settings:

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Edit your settings to enable video. It will open when you add the file.

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If you want to configure the video, all you’ll do is configure how much time to capture before restarting the video capture:

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Then click OK and Apply, then Close.  If you didn’t set that initially, you can edit the settings by double-clicking on the settings or using the test menu option to edit the settings:

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Set them to the active settings in your solution (Menu: Test->Select Active Test Settings->{your settings file name}).

Now, video will be captured when you run unit or coded UI tests.

I’ll try to add something later for the Test Management interface.


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