Unit testing in Silverlight – Starting points.

For all the starters who are venturing into Silverlight testing, I would like to pass on couple of pointers that might help in your testing endeavor.

1. Make sure you create test project using ‘Silverlight Unit testing project’ template to test your Silverlight application. Do not use ‘Test project’ template, it will add incorrect dlls and you will end up spend time trying to find out why in the world, there is version conflicts?

2. Most of all you might have Test Driven.Net installed in your Visual Studio, do not try to test a method by right clicking the method. Rather make the test project as start up project and run the project. When Silverlight test project runs, it gives an option run a specific test using Tags of the tests. Make sure you have a break point set in your test method and run only the test you want to run, it will take you back to your project for debugging.

3. You will run into a situation where you might want to read a data file sooner or later. This can be achieved in two ways.

One is embedding the items in request as resource at the client side.

The second approach is to put the required files in web site which is hosting your Silverlight test application and use ‘HttpWebRequest’ to load the files asynchronously. Loading data asynchronously is little tricky, but there are solution on the web. When you created the test project, if you choose to use dynamic hosting then the second approach is not going to work. If you decide to go with this approach make sure when you create the Silverlight Test Project to enable the check box to create web page to host the application. You can find the solution for loading files in Silverlight Forum. One thing to remember, in this approach your data files lives in web project.

I like the idea embedding the required files as long as they are not very huge. Also when you are using second option, your will end up writing your test methods in delegates. On the other hand, if you would use embedded resources, all you test will be in a single method.

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