Telerik Updates Automated Test Studio, Adds Desktop UI Support
The company has offered WebUI Test Studio since 2008. This latest release adds support for Windows Presentation Foundation.
Telerik announced today that it is broadening its WebUI Test Studio to cover desktop UI test automation. This latest release adds support for Windows Presentation Foundation and RadControls for WPF.
With the addition of the desktop UI support, the company has also revised the name of the automated test suite, which integrates with Visual Studio, to Test Studio.
The company had offered WebUI Test Studio, which supports AJAX, Silverlight, HTML and ASP.NET MVC testing, in partnership with ArtOfTest, since 2008. ArtOfTest in Austin, Texas merged with Telerik in December 2009.
A standalone Quality Assurance edition of the automated test framework, designed to support functional and UI testing by non-technical users without requiring Visual Studio, was released in April 2010.
Test Studio offers new tools and enhancements for QA testers. It adds built-in reporting tools such as charts and graphs that enable QA testers to generate drill-down reports against test execution data and historical performance. Telerik has also tweaked the dialog boxes and windows in Test Studio to ease navigation for non-technical users, according to Todd Anglin, Telerik chief evangelist.
Like WebUI Test Studio, Test Studio integrates with Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2010/2008 , which makes it easier for QA testers and developers to collaborate during the testing and development process. New in this release is integration with Telerik's Agile project management planning suite TeamPulse. If developers create user stories in TeamPulse and define acceptance tests, that information will display automatically in Test Studio and QA testers can build out functional tests. Integration between the products is aimed at improving communication between developers and QA testers, said Anglin.
The standalone QA product differentiates Telerik's automated testing framework from what Microsoft currently offers with Visual Studio 2010, according to Anglin.
"The Microsoft tools allow you to record a test visually but after the recording is done it becomes an output of code," he said, "and then from that process forward it becomes a process of maintaining the code manually, figuring out where you need to update things as your app evolves.
"With Test Studio you can not only record the tests visually, you can also update and maintain the tests visually," he said. "It’s a much easier process as your software continues to evolve to spot where your test is broken…your maintenance costs become a lot lower when you have a tool that allows you to easily maintain, in addition to create and record, and that is what we see as the limitation to the Visual Studio tools that we eliminated with Test Studio."
The licensing for Telerik Test Studio has also been simplified from multiple products to a single SKU. The Test Studio retail cost is $2499, which includes the Web and WPF tools, TeamPulse integration and the Visual Studio plug-in. Download a free trial of the software here.
With this latest release, Telerik is continuing its efforts to enhance its portfolio and become an end-to-end solutions provider of software planning, construction and testing tools. In April 2010, the company restructured around four tools divisions: Developer Productivity, Team Productivity, Automated Testing and Web Content Management.
Kathleen Richards is the editor of RedDevNews.com and executive editor of Visual Studio Magazine.