30 Nov
2010

AutoTest.NET

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I just want to quickly point out a tool that I?ve been playing with for a couple of days now, named AutoTest.NET. Its an open-source tool that originates from a popular tool in the Ruby community called ZenTest, which basically runs all your valuable unit tests when you save your source files or when you build your code. It enables you to get feedback about your changes as soon as possible.

The project started out a couple of years ago on Google code and was first initiated by James Avery. Contribution stopped at some point until recently where Svein Arne Ackenhausen forked the source code and put it on GitHub. Now it runs both for .NET as well as Mono, with NUnit, MSTest and xUnit as the currently supported unit test frameworks.

Here?s a screenshot from the feedback window when all tests pass:

Success

And here you can see the same window after I broke one of my unit tests:

Failure

Here you can see which particular unit test has been broken and by clicking the specified link you end up at the right source file in Visual Studio.

I encourage you to pick up this small tool and learn how it can facilitate your TDD flow. Take a look at this page in order to get up-and-running in no time. Also don?t forget to provide the owner(s) of this project with some feedback that you might have. Svein has been very helpful over the last week answering all my stupid questions and remarks (and the Nobel price for this year?s most patient person goes to ? 😉 ).

I would definitely like to see this tool becoming more popular, so go check it out.  

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