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VS2010 Command Prompt Here on the Windows Explorer Right Click Menu — the .reg File

VS2010 Command Line Here for Explorer Right Click Menu

To add a Visual Studio 2010 Command Prompt Here to your Explorer Right-Click menu, save this as a .reg file to your desktop, and then run it:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command Line VS2010]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command Line VS2010\command]
@="cmd.exe /k echo on & pushd \"%1\" & \"C:\\Program Files\\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\\VC\\vcvarsall.bat\" x86"

If you have 64-bit Windows, you’ll need this:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command Line VS2010]
[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Classes\Folder\shell\Command Line VS2010\command]
@="cmd.exe /k echo on & pushd \"%1\" & \"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Microsoft Visual Studio 10.0\\VC\\vcvarsall.bat\" x86"

How to create an NUnit test project that is also a self-running console app .exe

  1. Create your NUnit Test project as a Windows Console Application, not as a Class Library.
  2. Then make your main Program look like this:
    [TestFixture]
    public class Program
    {
        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            NUnit.ConsoleRunner.Runner.Main(
                new[]{Assembly.GetExecutingAssembly().Location }
                );
        }
    
        [TestCase("Aa - Bb")]
        public void WhenValidatingForename_should_accept_valid_characters(string validInput)
        {
            var result= new ClassUnderTest().Validate(validInput);
            Assert.IsTrue(result);
        }
    
        [TestCase("X<")]
        public void WhenValidatingForename_should_reject_invalid_characters(string invalidInput)
        {
            var result= new ClassUnderTest().Validate(invalidInput);
            Assert.IsFalse(result);
        }
    }
  3. Then, add a reference not only to nunit.framework.dll but also to nunit-console-runner.dll

You now have a self-running executable that runs all your tests, but still behaves in the usual way in a build script, or when running tests inside Visual Studio with TestRunner or Resharper or similar.
NB You may need to check if your build scripts are hard-coded to expect a Test project to be a .dll.

Web Forms – Mocking HttpSession

With thanks to http://stackoverflow.com/users/603670/ben-barreth
at http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1981426/how-do-i-mock-fake-the-session-object-in-asp-net-web-forms

[SetUp]
public void SetUpHttpSessionMock()
{
HttpWorkerRequest _wr = new SimpleWorkerRequest("/dummyWorkerRequest", @"c:\inetpub\wwwroot\dummy", "default.aspx", null, new StringWriter());
HttpContext.Current = new HttpContext(_wr);
HttpSessionStateContainer sessionContainer = new HttpSessionStateContainer("id", new SessionStateItemCollection(), new HttpStaticObjectsCollection(), 10, true, HttpCookieMode.AutoDetect, SessionStateMode.InProc, false);
SessionStateUtility.AddHttpSessionStateToContext(HttpContext.Current, sessionContainer);
}

Refactoring a static class with hard-coded dependencies for testability

is not that hard. You can add a factory method to the static class to create the dependency, and change the factory method at test-time.
Here’s an example:

public static class WithDependencies
{
	public static string MethodWithDependencies()
	{
		using (var thing = new HardCodedThing())
		{
			return DoSomething();
		}
	}
}

which can be turned into:

public static class WithDependencies
{
    public static Func<HardCodedThing> CreateHardCodedThing = () => new HardCodedThing();

	public static void MethodWithDependencies()
	{
		using (var thing = CreateHardCodedThing())
		{
			DoSomething();
		}
	}
}

With this code in your test:

[TestFixture]
public class WhenDoingSomething
{
	private Mock<HardCodedThing> mockThing;

	[SetUp]
	public void SetUpMockThing()
	{
		// mockThing.Setup( ...  ) ... etc ...
	}

	public void Given_hardcodedthing_does_X_should_get_Y()
	{
		//Arrange
		WithDependencies.CreateHardCodedThing = () => mockThing.Object;
		//Act
		var result= WithDependencies.MethodWithDependencies();
		//Assert
		Assert.AreEqual("Y", result);
	}
}

NUnit Constraints Example – a Simple Custom Constraint

Are you short of an NUnit Assertion? You have some code for a test, but you really want it in NUnit constraint form so you can use it like any other test. They are easy to write. Here’s an example which wraps a function you already wrote as a Constraint:

public class EqualsByValueConstraint : Constraint
{
	private readonly object expected;
	private CompareResult compareResult;

	public EqualsByValueConstraint(object expected)
	{
		this.expected = expected;
	}

	public override bool Matches(object actual)
	{
		this.actual = actual;
		compareResult = EqualsByValueOrFailureReason(actual, expected);
		return compareResult;
	}

	public override void WriteDescriptionTo(MessageWriter writer)
	{
		writer.WriteExpectedValue(this.expected);
	}
	public override void WriteActualValueTo(MessageWriter writer)
	{
		base.WriteActualValueTo(writer);
		writer.WriteLine();
		writer.WriteMessageLine("Compare Result " + compareResult);
	}
}
public class CompareResult
{
	public bool IsPass {get;set;}
	public string FailureDescription {get; set;}
}

If your function is just a boolean, then you could remove the CompareResult class. The drawback being that your failure message will only say ‘failed’ rather than give an explanation of the failure. In that case, you might just as well not use the constraint and use the Assert.That(bool, message) overload.