Visual Studio Architecture Guidance - Use UML Models for Testing

To promote our ranger work a bit more… I want to high light a specific scenario… create tests from UML models. I already played with this scenario from an automation perspective 2 years ago, when VS2010 was still in CTP. [see the bad quality video, already watched more as 17.000 time Confused smile]

Generate Testcases

Anyway, there are two common test design techniques that are used to specify test cases based on UML. The first is the Process cycle test[1] (PCT) which uses UML activity diagrams. The other one is Use Case Test[2] (UCT) which is based on Use Case diagrams.

Still on my backlog to make a fully working automation for these [waiting for Feature Builder to go RTM]. But, you also can do it manually, as you can see in the hands-on-labs.

Task 1: Open Activity Diagram

  • 1. Open the TailSpinToys solution in Visual Studio 2010

  • 2. Open CoreShoppingExperience.activitydiagram

Task 2: Create logical test cases based on PCT


  • · Path combinations for decision point 1: (1,2) and (1,3);

  • · Path combinations for decision point 2: (2,4) and (3,4);

Based on PCT path combinations for test measure 2 are 1-2-4 and 1-3-4 for these paths test cases should be created.

… and create these TestCases in Microsoft Test Manager


Still a great ALM scenario where the different rolls in the lifecycle use artifacts from each other from that central repository.

[first time use of the wave 4 live writer, still like it…]

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