21 Mar 2010

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Silverlight support in Manual test Record and Playback and Coded UI tests

Ram Cherala, Principal Program Manager at Microsoft Corporation, has recently provided an update on what’s happening as far as support for Silverlight testing goes. If you’re not aware, the Manual test “record and playback” feature and the Coded UI tests do not currently support Silverlight. Here’s what Ram had to say.

Whenever we talk about platform coverage for UI automation one of the frequent requests is support for Silverlight app testing. We have been hard at work trying to cater to this need and I wanted to update you all on where we are with this effort and provide a roadmap.

We are working on adding support for Silverlight controls for “Fast forward for manual testing” and “Coded UI Tests”. The focus is on line-of-business applications built with Silverlight 4 for both in-browser and on the desktop. The initial investigation is in progress and we are working with the Silverlight team to close on the overall design. We are planning to release a CTP version of a plugin by Q2CY2010. This will be delivered out of band to active MSDN subscribers (Test Professional, Premium or Ultimate) only. I plan to send a quarterly update till Q3CY2010 and a monthly update after that to keep you informed on this effort. We are establishing the final release timeline and will let you know of that in one of my future updates.