Greetings, fellow testers. Last week we took a quick look at using Test Studio's Visual Studio plug-in. Today I want to point out a feature of the plug-in that can help you find your way around the elements on your application's pages - the Element Explorer.

screenshot from and link to video: Using the Element Explorer in Test Studio's Visual Studio Plug-In
video: Using the Element Explorer in Test Studio's Visual Studio Plug-In

The element explorer shows us a subset of our application's DOM, showing just the elements that are in use in our project. Any given element may be used in multiple tests in your project; the explorer shows each element once. In this way you have a single view into the element repository — a single place to view and change the friendly name (by which you can reference it in your tests) and find logic (by which Test Studio will locate the element on each page) for each of the elements you use.

Viewing and understanding the properties that Test Studio uses will help you better understand how tests are being executed, as well as enabling you to be more specific when creating your tests.

Peace,
Steven

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Steven Vore

Steven Vore

Steven Vore is an Evangelist for Telerik's Test Studio. He has worked in software support and testing for the better part of two decades, and enjoys exploring ways to make software easier to use. He is a fan of movies and music, and can often be found on Twitter as @StevenJV.


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