VS 2010 Ships!

I am happy to say that VS 2010 is generally available starting today! Go to the Visual Studio home page for information. As you are probably aware, we put a huge investment in our testing products into this release. I outlined the new features with my post Elevating the Role of the Tester with Visual…


Install Visual Studio 2010 RC Today

Visual Studio 2010 RC is available on the Web today for MSDN subscribers. Go to the RC landing page for details. We have a very short window, just a few weeks, for incorporating feedback from you back into the product for RTM. Please install the RC today, so we can fix any critical issues you…


New Performance Testing Training Available from RTTS

RTTS, a premier testing consultancy and test tools training company, now has training available for performance and load testing with VSTS 2008. RTTS specializes in providing software quality services, and offers training on a variety of tools. It is great to see VSTS in the mix as they see demand for VSTS growing. RTTS offers…


dynaTrace Leverages new Extensibility Points to Provide Deep Integration with Dev10

A fantastic example of a partner taking advantage of the new extensibility points in Web test playback and load tests in dev10 is provided by dynaTrace. dynaTrace has developed an extension that provides enables you to drill from a particular request to the PurePath for that request. The PurePath provides a tiered performance breakdown for…


Elevating the Role of the Tester with Visual Studio 2010

I am very excited and proud to introduce the new testing features you’ll find in Visual Studio 2010. In addition to continuing to work on the performance testing tools, I have also been focusing on delivering a new set of products for the entire test team. Since most testing is done manually, we have really…


Great resources for SharePoint performance testing

Sanjay Narang has compiled a great set of links on performance testing SharePoint. Check them out! This list is not specific to VSTS, and includes tool-agnostic white papers, official documentation, links to performance testing results, tooling (including VSTS), etc. Ed.


New, comprehensive technical documentation available for Web, Load, and Unit Tests

The VSTS Ranger team, led by Geoff Gray, just published the VSTT Quick Reference Guide 1.0. This is a comprehensive collection of technical information on VSTT –- 83 pages of information!!! Many questions you may have on how stuff works in web, load, and unit test are answered in this doc. This doc is a…


VSTS wins Testers Choice in for .NET Apps in Software Test and Performance Magazine

The annual testers choice awards are out in STP magazine, and VSTS took top spot in two categories in this years tester’s choice poll, winning out over load runner for “.NET Performance Testing” and for “Integrated Test/Performance Suite”. Congrats to the team who worked so hard on VS 2008 product, it’s great to see our…


Make Your Performance Work Count: The 20% Guideline

I recently read Steve Seow’s book, Designing and Engineering Time: The Psychology of Time Perception in Software. Steve is an expert on performance engineering at Microsoft, and really understands the human element and psychology behind software performance. A really interesting take-away is that users do not notice changes in performance below a certain threshold. Research…


Reading Performance Counters on Vista and Server 2008 Machines

Users commonly experience problems collecting counters during a load test. These problems come in two flavors: 1) they are not able to collect any counters at all from a machine or machines, and 2) they see gaps in the counter collection. This article addresses the first problem. If you are experiencing this problem, you’ll see…