x64 Debugging With Pseudo Variables

For many years, Visual C++ has included a set of pseudo variables and format specifiers for use in debugging. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Kenny Kerr shares some of the pseudo variables and format specifiers that he’s found most useful for debugging C++ applications in the x86 and x64 processor architectures. Check…

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Configuration Testing With Virtual Server

In the September 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Dr. James McCaffrey introduced you to software configuration testing with Microsoft Virtual Server. In the December 2008 installment of the Test Run column, he walks you through the process of automating software configuration testing using Virtual Server and Windows PowerShell. For more articles on testing, be sure…

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Design Patterns for Testability

Testability is both as an important quality of your designs and another tool you can use to create and think through designs. In the December 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Jeremy Miller examines the design issues, patterns, and principles that can enhance testability in your apps. For more articles on testing, be sure to check…

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Unit Testing For Workflows

Because Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) is based on a runtime that manages the execution of workflows and activities, testing must, in almost all cases, involve the use of the runtime – and this can introduce some interesting challenges. In the November 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Matt Milner presents some techniques for unit testing activities,…

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Security Briefs: Threat Models Improve Your Security Process

It’s helpful to think about secure design from a more holistic perspective by using threat models to drive your security engineering process. In the November 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Michael Howard proposes using the threat model to help drive other SDL security requirements, primarily code review priority, fuzz testing priority, and attack surface reduction….

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Test Run: Group Determination in Software Testing

Choosing the best alternative is a common task in software development and testing. A group of beta users may need to choose the best user interface from a set of prototypes. Or imagine the members of an open source project voting for a policy. In the November 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Dr. James McCaffrey…

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Test Run: Configuration Testing With Virtual Server

Configuration testing simply means testing a software system on different combinations of hardware and software. The traditional way is to set up a lab with multiple physical machines running different combinations of operating systems and other software. This can be expensive and time consuming. In the September 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Dr. James McCaffrey…

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Test Run: WCF Testing

Whether you are new to Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) or have worked with it a bit, there are some testing techniques and principles that will make your WCF work easier. In the July 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Dr. James McCaffrey walks you through some examples for getting started with basic WCF service testing automation….

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Test Run: Request/Response Testing with Windows PowerShell

The most fundamental form of Web testing is HTTP request/response testing. This involves programmatically sending an HTTP request to the Web application, fetching the HTTP response, and examining the response for an expected value. In the May 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, James McCaffrey shows you how to use Windows PowerShell to perform request/response testing…

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Tools for Identifying Concurrency Issues

Performance improvements in many-core systems can only be achieved by writing efficient parallel programs. However, testing parallel applications is not straightforward. In the June 2008 issue of MSDN Magazine, Rahul V. Patil and Boby George look at testing techniques and six helpful tools you can use to locate problems in parallel programs. See our MSDN…

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