Service Pack 1 R2 2012.2.1204, December 04, 2012
The last major update of Test Studio for 2012 is now live and waiting patiently for you to download! It's a Service Pack, but we stuffed it with so many goodies that if could easily compete with a full-blown release. The centerpiece of this product update is your feedback. We tried to address the most common feature requests from both new and experienced users to make sure Test Studio is second to none. Here’s a brief outline of the release highlights:
- Check for Updates – New Product Version Notification Service
- Search in Tests and Steps
- Scheduling Feature Enhancements
- Codeless Scrolling in Virtualized Panels
- jQuery Support Updates
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Now you can receive notifications in Test Studio when a new product update is published. There are several options to get the notifications set up – from the help ribbon bar and from the project settings dialog. You can set up automatic check for the latest version on startup and you can choose to get notifications either for official or internal builds (or both). Full documentation.
Scheduling Feature Updates
This feature helps you integrate your projects in TFS with the scheduling feature. Instead of relying on a shared folder you can simply tell the Scheduling
to get the latest version of the tests prior to starting each new run.
In this release we included the top voted PITS request related to the test scheduling. It gives you the ability to customize the email subject and content
as well as attach Word and Excel high-level reports.
Codeless Scrolling in Virtualized Panels
This has been a pain for many of you automating Silverlight/WPF applications since you had to plug in some complex code to tell the automation scroll to some item in controls like ListBox, GridView, TreeView and similar. The new solution exposes a scrolling action you can automatically add to the test. It just scrolls the virtualized panel according to the vertical height upon recording.
Read full release notes
jQuery Support Updates
The other codeless goodie we're adding is related to a common scenario about jQuery change event attached to a drop down. From now on you will get this scenario automatically recorded and ready for playback. In addition the jQuery API (ArtOfTest.WebAii.jQuery) has been extended so that you can trigger the jQuery events much easier.
R2 2012.2.920, September 20, 2012
Here’s a brief outline of the release highlights:
- Full recording and execution support on Windows 8
- Support for Internet Explorer 10
- Visual Studio 2012 integration
- Visual data-binding for Find Expressions
- Goal setting for load tests
- Reporting dashboard
Support for Windows 8, IE 10 and Visual Studio 2012
With R2 2012 Test Studio adds full support for recording and executing tests on Windows 8, along with support for the newest browser offering from Microsoft, Internet Explorer 10. Better yet, Test Studio’s Visual Studio plugin now seamlessly integrates with the Visual Studio 2012 development environment.
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R2 2012 also introduces the option to set goals for your load tests - maximum HTTP errors/ second, responses received/second, average response time, and more. We wanted to make it easy for users to set parameters and quickly see if their web servers can handle their application load. It’s up to you to decide on what the acceptable metric levels are!
You can select from the suggested goals or add any custom goal based on any of the metrics you’d like to monitor. Your test can be set to stop automatically if a certain goal is met.
Machine performance monitoring during load test
This release also adds the option to monitor the performance of each of your servers, controllers and agents that constitute your load test environment. Select the performance counters you’d like to monitor for your machines such as total processor time, system processes, server sessions, and more. You can also save your selection as a template for future use. The ‘per machine’ results can be found right next to your test run results in the Analysis tab.
With R2 Test Studio also adds support for load test scenarios that employ Windows authentication. You can add identities form the Manage Windows Authentication button in the Design Screen of your Load test, and then simply assign the new user identity to the user scenario.
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Test Studio’s Load testing reporting and analysis functionality gets various valuable enhancements with this release. We introduced a Reporting Dashboard that offers you a live stream of your results trend while your load test is still running.
Better yet, now Test Studio allows you to view and compare results from multiple test runs with a mouse click.
Browser configuration assistance to help you get your machine ready for automation
No need to waste time on calibrating your browsers for test automation anymore! Test Studio does this for you automatically instead. We’ll go in and make all the configuration changes to make sure we work with the all the browsers installed on your machine.
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With this release we also add the ability to data drive the find logic for your element locators thus helping you save time and efforts on tedious, repetitive tasks. Instead of crafting a verification for each element, now you can focus on creating robust verifications that can be applied to a range of elements on your page—all from a single step!
Export manual tests to Excel
If you enjoy using our Manual Test functionality to import from Excel, create from scratch, and manage your manual test cases, you’ll be happy to find out that R2 2012 also ships an Export to Excel feature for your Test Studio manual tests.