TMap for VS2010 Flyer

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Architecture Analysis Practices with VS2010 Direct Graphs and Layer Diagrams

Been using the direct graph [DGML] and layer diagram capabilities from VS2010 for a while now. Used them on many different projects with a wide spread of architectures, different quality levels and with many questions to answer about it. And I recognized a common way of working when using the tools… It looks something like this: Zoom Out – Recognize - Zoom In – Analyze - Zoom Out or Zoom In – Group – Zoom Out and can been done in a different order… Some examples will explain the analysis process better. Chaos Example. First the question, the question what to analyze is the starting point and actually the key driver of the success factor of your analysis. The funny thing most project ... [More]

TMap for VS2010 Process Template Explained…

Recorded a LiveMeeting yesterday about the TMap for VS2010 Testing Process Template. Click to watch it [ 53:08 ]

patterns & practices Application Architecture Guide Layer Diagrams (Pre Release)

Patterns and practices has put on the Visual Studio Gallery a set of layer diagrams which correspond with the Application Architecture Guidance… Install the VSIX in VS2010 Ultimate and you get diagrams like these, with all the validation capabilities the layer diagram has. And the corresponding guidance… Very Nice work…

VS2010 TMap Testing Template | The Test Infrastructure

Initial Work Items #2 Setting up and maintaining the test infrastructure, beside the Initial Work Items #1 which describe / help create the Master Test Plan, also activities for setting up the environment must take place at the early stage of the project. The test infrastructure consists of the facilities and resources necessary to carry out the testing satisfactorily. A distinction is made between the facilities for test execution (test environments), for supporting the testing (test tools) and for the day-to-day work of the testers (workplaces). While it doesn’t look like rocket science, just setting up an environment, most projects lack a good structure for these activities resulting in... [More]

VS2010 TMap Testing Template | Initial Work Items #1

During the unfolding of the TMap for VS2010 process template, several pre-defined work items are created for the test organization. These work items helps the test organization to start structured test process with a Master Test Plan. When starting a testing effort first several things needs to be in place… we need to understand the assignment, determine what we are going to test what are the risks, etc… the first four steps in the image below. Beside these steps also decisions needs to be taken about what to test where, you don’t want to loose money by testing things twice. As described in the TMap Next book: The type of system and/or development approach and/or test policy determ... [More]

TMap for VS2010 Testing Process Template RC published on Codeplex.

A bit later as planned, due to my broken leg. Just checked in the RC version of the TMap for VS2010 process template… Downloaded it from Still a lot of work to do, specially on the documentation and reporting part [lucky me, my colleagues from Sogeti US, Sweden and other Sogeti countries are helping me]. But still, the documentation section is a very good starting point when you want to discover the TMap processes for VS2010. Later this week I will post some more content.

Speaking at Dutch DevDays and Danish ALM Day

Will be speaking at the Dutch DevDays [about VS2010 general/practical usages] and Danish ALM Day [about TMap for VS2010] in March/April. The Hague, The Netherlands March 30-31, 2010 DevDays 2010[update]Will give the interactive session "ALM Best Practices: Modeling the Showcase Application" with @Edwb ( and the session "ALM Best Practices: Testing the Showcase Application" with Rob is a real tester, who will give an interesting look in the world of the tester.    Copenhagen, Denmark April 9, 2010 ALM Day 2010  Not as much as Brian Keller [4 weeks, 7 countries, 25+ sessions, 1 suitcase…]…... [More]

Test Tool Checklists - TMAP NEXT DOWNLOADS

Some interesting downloads from my test expert colleagues… Beside you can find these documents on our www.TMap.NET site all these templates and checklists also have a place in the TMap Process Template for VS2010 [which can be found at]. Overview "Tools per TMap activity" TMap has a lot of test specific activities in this Excel sheet you can see a link between these activities and the tool categories. Interesting to map Visual Studio with Test Professional 2010 to it,  it almost fulfills every category. Checklist "Intake Test Tools" After your test tool selection this is a nice che... [More]

VS2010 Architecture Explorer Analyzers

DGML, the new VS2010 visualization technology has capabilities to render graphs. Graphs like dependencies between classes, inheritance graphs, custom graph, you actually can visualize any relation you want. Cameron Skinner has posts about DGML and Chris Lovett has some great video’s.   [class dependencies] Now the interesting thing is that you can analyze these graphs. In the image below you see the analyzers; Circular References – Hub – Unreferenced. The purple classes are unreferenced which probably means dead code or entry point of the application. The kind of blue-green nodes are hub, classes which are important and heavy used, and no strongly connected cl... [More]

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