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My Session Slides from Techorama: “Architecting systems for continuous delivery”

Last week I presented a session at Techorama in Belgium with the title “Architecting systems for continuous delivery”. It was a fully packed room and was great to do.

I got multiple requests to share the slides, so here goes

Enjoy !

Slides are here

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

Testing web apps on Edge using CodedUI

Recently Microsoft added the capability to CodedUI to test on the Edge browser. For this they extended the cross browser playback capability. This uses Selenium under the hood. So the steps to make this work are as follows:

 

  • Install the plugin “Selenium components for Coded UI Cross Browser Testing” from the Visual Studio Gallery (found here)
  • Download the Edge driver that matches your windows 10 version (found here)
  • Install the driver to the following location : %ProgramFiles(x86)%\Microsoft Web Driver

And finally in the code you need to switch the browser you want to launch. You need to provide the following name to start edge:”MicrosoftEdge”

BrowserWindow.CurrentBrowser = “MicrosoftEdge”; 

And that is it!

Happy testing on Edge Smile

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

My VSLive Sessions

If you attended one of my sessions, I hope you enjoyed them. I had a great time.

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For your reference you can find the PDF’s here and the accompanying demo code.

Continuous delivery on azure: A/B testing, Canary releasing and Dark launching

If you are more interested in Continuous delivery, you also might like my just published course at Pluralsight called “Building a Continuous Delivery Pipeline with TFS and Visual Studio 2015” which you can find here: https://www.pluralsight.com/courses/tfs-visual-studio-2015-implementing-continuous-delivery

My second session was on Micro Services and you can find the PDF here:

VSH11 Exploring Microservices in a Microsoft Landscape

And the final session was on building maintainable cross browser UI tests with either selenium or codedUI. The PDF can be found here:

VSH16 Writing Maintainable X-Browser Automated Tests

and you can find the demo’s here: Search google

Also if you want to learn more about CodedUI, you can also watch one of my two courses I build for Pluralsight here:Test Automation with CodedUI Pluralsight which explains in detail all that can be done with CodedUI and Testing Web Applications with CodedUI Pluralsight which is focused on testing web applications.

if you don’t have a subscription yet, you can watch it for free with the free trial

Hope you enjoyed it, if you have comments or feedback let me know!

Cheers,

Marcel

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

How to fix “Error: This access control list is not in canonical form and therefore cannot be modified. Error count: 1”

In my previous post about Deploying ASP.NET 4.5 to Docker on Windows I forgot to mention that you might run into an issue when running webdeploy.

Julian Perrott, commented on my post and asked if this is an issue. I think it is an issue and that the install does not complete correctly. But there is an easy fix for this as well. What you can do is add a small PowerShell script to your Docker image and run that after the first attempt to deploy the website. Then the next step is to run the script to fix the ACL’s and then again run web deploy. I have not yet tried this on the latest Windows server 2016 bits, but on the Technical preview 5 this worked like a charm.

You need the following script to fix the ACL’s:

This script doe nothing more then getting the ACL on the path and then re-apply it. this will make windows fix the ACL and make them in canonical form again.

You can add this to your dockerfile and make it part of your standard install of a website in your release pipeline.

So this does nothing more then adding the little PowerShell script to the container and then using that in the step after deploying your website

Hope this helps!

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

How to Fix Application insights Live Metrics stream on Azure Mobile Apps

In preparation for Tech Days 2016, I was working with my colleagues on the Techdays app and for this we also have a backend system. This system is running for some time now and we want to have better insights into the usage of the website and the mobile app.

One of the latest additions to application insights is the capability of Live Metrics, where you can see the current traffic coming into your website or API.

For this you can simply add a NuGet package, which is currently in pre-release, but works great.

Once you install the package and run the website, you will see the Live Stream tile light up in the Azure portal and when you click it you will see a couple of live graphs showing actual traffic on the site or API

Of course we wanted to host our backend very simply on Azure Web apps and for this specific purpose on Azure Mobile Services, Since that is what we use as the mobile backend of the application. But apparently there are some subtle differences that prevent AppInsights to work properly if it comes to Live Metrics.

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CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

Fixing Windows 10 non-responsive start menu

I was just doing my work on windows 10 and for no apparent reason the windows 10 start menu would not respond anymore to either my Windows hotkey on the keyboard or by clicking on the start menu icon in the left bottom corner. This meant no response to the windows key and me typing the application I wanted to start, not being able to shut down my machine, etc. So this gave me some real headaches because the only way I could solve this is do a reset of my PC or just repaving my machine and install windows 10 again.

This has happen to me several times and most of the time after I had been doing some Mobile App development where I build mobile apps that are cross platform. Lately I had to do this for my talk at VS Live in Las Vegas and for that I had to turn on developer mode on my windows 10 machine.

Now I am not sure if his issue is caused by the mobile development I have done or if it is just my SSD drive acting up on me and corrupting certain files on my system. I do know that running the following powers shell command (started in administrator mode of course) solved the problem form me:

The option DisableDevelopmentMode does the following:

Registers an existing app package (.appx) installation that has been disabled, didn’t register, or has become corrupted. Use DisableDevelopmentMode to specify that the manifest is from an existing installation and not from a collection of files in development mode.

At least this was a way to solve it for me and hopefully it will work for you as well.

CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

Selenium syntax for CodedUI

I have been playing around with this idea for quite some time and I already build this for a customer in the past, but after questions I got from people using CodedUI who tried to come up with a simplified syntax I thought it would be time to publish what I have at the moment.

If you hand code your test automation with CodedUI, then you know that searching for a control is always a couple of lines of code to set up a search. You first create an instance of the control you need, provide it the search scope in the constructor and next you need to set the search properties. Once that is done you can then use the control and the moment you use one of it’s properties it will search for your control.

With Selenium this is a bit different. You have the Driver class that provides more or less to primary methods. FindElement and FindElements and you provide it an instance of the By class that contains the search criteria.

Let me illustrate what I mean with two examples. Bot do the same. We goto the google home page and type a search query.

CodedUI:

Selenium:

In general I hear that people like the Selenium syntax more then the multistep aproach in codedUI. The thing I dislike is that I lose the type safety of the type of control. So the question is, would it be possible to get the same syntax for codedUI and still use codedUI and get a type safe way of interacting with the search controls?

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CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

Maintainable Test automation for Winforms using CodedUI

This week I got a request on twitter how to work with CodedUI for windows forms and if I had any example. A couple of weeks ago, during a deep dive session we did in Sweden, I got more or less the same question on how can I access my controls when using windows forms, because we are having trouble getting CodedUI to work for us. So therefore I thought it would be a good idea to create a simple sample and describe in a bit more detail how to approach this.

If you have looked at my PluralSight courses or attended one of the training events where I teach CodedUI, you might know that I am trying to convince everyone to never use the CodedUI test recorder, since the way it tries to locate controls and the way it saves the information in the recording file is a nightmare to maintain.

So when investigating how we can locate controls in windows forms in a maintainable way I also avoid the recorder and just use the CodedUI object model to find the controls I need. So let’s first dive into how to find controls and then look at how to write maintainable UI Automation code.

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CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

Running XUnit test with ASP.NET DNX and TFS 2015 build

Recently I joined a project where they are working on a new application that is based on the new ASP.NET cross platform tooling. While this is still in beta at the moment I write this, we strongly believe in the future of ASP.NET and the ability to run it on multiple platforms. Of course we want this project to start with everything done right from the start, so we are not only writing clean code, we also embrace the continuous delivery concepts and with that we have a strong need of continuous integration and continuous tests. This means we are writing Unit tests from day one and want those integrated in our build system. For the build we use Team Foundation Server 2015 and the new cross platform build system. The challenge I want to discuss today is that the tooling at the moment is still a lot in flux so the unit test tooling for testing cross platform solutions is not fully up to par as you are used to in the “classic” ASP.NET world on just windows.

So when we want to write unit tests, we need to ensure we use a test framework that also supports running on multiple platforms. At the moment XUnit is the test tooling that is already available for DNX. So let me describe the steps involved for making a set of unit tests and run those tests on the new build platform in TFS 2015.

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CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant

Microsoft TechDays 2015 slides & additional info

Microsoft TechDays this year was a rIMG-20150529-WA0007eal blast for me.  This was the fist year for me as CTO of Xpirit and I am extremely proud on my team that delivered so many great sessions. It is always a pleasure to be at this conference but it was real special this time where I had so many of my colleagues there as well.

You can check out their blogs here and find more info on their sessions as well: Roy, Rene, Patriek and Marcel.

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CTO at Xpirit, Microsoft Regional Director, Visual studio ALM MVP, Speaker, Pluralsight Author and IT Architect Consultant
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