Data Driven Testing in Visual Studio 2008 - Part 2

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This is the second post in my series on Data Driven Testing in Visual Studio 2008. The first post focusses on Data Driven Testing in regular Unit Tests. This part will focus on the same in web testing.

Web Testing

I assume you have read my previous post and saw the cool user interface I created. Let's first add some code to that, focussing on the TextBox_TextChanged event handler that is linked to TextBox1 and TextBox2.


public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
    // ... other code ...

    protected void TextBox_TextChanged(object sender, EventArgs e)
        if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(TextBox1.Text.Trim()) && !string.IsNullOrEmpty(TextBox2.Text.Trim()))
            int a;
            int b;
            int.TryParse(TextBox1.Text.Trim(), out a);
            int.TryParse(TextBox2.Text.Trim(), out b);

            Calculator calc = new Calculator();
            TextBox3.Text = calc.Add(a, b).ToString();
            TextBox3.Text = "";


It is now easy to run this in a browser and play with it. You'll notice 1 + 1 equals 2, otherwise you copy-pasted the wrong code. You can now create a web test for this. Right-click the test project, "Add", "Web Test...". If everything works well your browser is now started with a giant toolbar named "Web Test Recorder" on the left. This toolbar will record a macro of what you are doing, so let's simply navigate to the web application we created, enter some numbers and whatch the calculation engine do the rest:

Web Test Recorder

You'll notice an entry on the left for each request that is being fired. When the result is shown, click "Stop" and let Visual Studio determine what happened behind the curtains of your browser. An overview of this test recording session should now be available in Visual Studio.

Data Driven Web testing

There's our web test! But it's not data driven yet... First thing to do is linking the database we created in part 1 by clicking the "Add datasource  Add Datasource" button. Finish the wizard by selecting the database and the correct table. Afterwards, you can pick one of the Form Post Parameters and assign the value from our newly added datasource. Do this for each step in our test: the first step should fill TextBox1, the second should fill TextBox1 and TextBox2.

Bind Form Post Parameters

In the last recorded step of our web test, add a validation rule. We want to check whether our sum is calculated correct and is shown in TextBox3. Pick the following options in the "Add Validation Rule" screen. For the "Expected Value" property, enter the variable name which comes from our data source:


If you now run the test, you should see success all over the place! But there's one last step to do though... Visual Studio 2008 will only run this test for the first data row, not for all other rows! To overcome this poblem, select "Run Test (Pause Before Starting" instead of just "Run Test". You'll notice the following hyperlink in the IDE interface:

Edit Run Settings

Click "Edit run Settings" and pick "One run per data source row". There you go! Multiple test runs are now validated ans should result in an almost green-bulleted screen:


kick it on

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3 responses

  1. Avatar for Raby Whyte
    Raby Whyte April 7th, 2008

    Thank you for the informational blog post, I am writing some test scripts for an internal web application for CSC and this helped.



  2. Avatar for Abhijeet
    Abhijeet July 21st, 2010

    In a data driven web test how do I run specific tests depnding on data and how can i run specific test irrespective of data ? e.g I have a recorded webtest which contains many actions including Login and Logout. So I want rest of the actions i.e. actions other than Login and Logout to be run depending on data iteratively and Login Logout should be done only once. Is it possible. Please do let me know.

  3. Avatar for Abhijeet
    Abhijeet July 21st, 2010

    I have a recorded webtest which contains many recorded actions under it. I need to iterate few actions depending on data and few actions such as Login and Logout should not iterate specific to data. Is there any solution for this ?