Testing in the .NET Maze

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This paper introduces the reader to a high-level view of Microsoft .NET, challenges organization members face (testers & programmers alike) in moving to .NET, and concludes with a look at ways to test ASP.NET deployed applications. Specific attention is paid to Microsoft Application Center Test 1.0, a tool included with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (for load & stress testing), and the tag that can be invoked in a web directory's web.config file.

This paper introduces the reader to a high-level view of Microsoft .NET, challenges organization members face (testers & programmers alike) in moving to .NET, and concludes with a look at ways to test ASP.NET deployed applications. Specific attention is paid to Microsoft Application Center Test 1.0, a tool included with Microsoft Visual Studio .NET (for load & stress testing), and the tag that can be invoked in a web directory's web.config file.

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Tom Arnold's picture Tom Arnold

Tom Arnold has been a part of software development in one form or another for the past twenty years. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Purdue University, Arnold moved from mainframe development to Microsoft Windows development solutions when he relocated to Seattle in 1990. Shrink-wrapped software product development became his passion, and in 1993 he helped found Software Testing Laboratories (later renamed to "ST Labs") with two other cofounders. The three of them--making a lot of mistakes and getting a lot of help along the way--grew it to more than 200 employees and six offices nationwide by late 1997. ST Labs was sold in 1998 to Data Dimensions, which was later purchased by LionBridge/Veritest. As an author of two successful software test automation books, with a programming and testing background, and a passion for running software development projects, Arnold finds his greatest satisfaction in working with development teams. His ability to manage, mentor, and dive into details with test engineers, programmers and writers alike, has kept his love of software development alive and well. Regarding working on software & hardware projects where he sees himself as one of the eventual end-users he says, "It's like helping to make my own toys. It just doesn't get any better than that." His current fascination is with all-things relating to the Microsoft .NET Framework: programming, testing & managing those projects.

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