UnitDriven for Windows Phone 7

I have extended UnitDriven to provide support for (the current beta release of) Windows Phone 7. This means you can write a unit test that runs on .NET, Silverlight and Windows Phone. This is an Alpha release for now, hopefully if we get a few people to use it I can make a more stable release when the final version of the  WindowsPhone7 SDK is released.

Download: http://unitdriven.codeplex.com/releases/view/50214

Here is a screenshot of UnitDriven running tests on the WindowsPhone7 emulator.


One interesting thing is that all I had to do to support this was link files from the Silverlight version of UnitDriven into a new Phone project. It all compiled and ran on the first try.

However, even though it ran it wasn’t actually usable. I had to create new versions of the Views to accomodate the smaller screen size and default layout differences (buttons are relatively bigger for example). Also the scroll bars are only visible while scrolling and you have to click and drag on a Circle or the text to actually do the scrolling.

Please feel free to comment on the UnitDriven forums if you have any comments or questions!

UnitDriven v0.0.5 Available


I applied some updates to UnitDriven and released a new version recently. The updates provide some nicer nesting of namespaces in the test runner UI as well as improved disabling of ‘Run’ buttons and correctly functioning Timeouts.

Also the update is paired with updates to StatLight so you can run your Silverlight unit tests in a purely automated fashion.

Also, if you find yourself trying to remember why you would want to use UnitDriven instead of one of the other unit test frameworks for Silverlight, here are the main features.

  • First class support for asynchronous tests.
  • Supports the ability to author identical tests for Silverlight and .NET (file linking).
  • Parallels either MSTest or NUnit seamlessly.

DSLs in Boo – Tech Review

The book DSLs in Boo: Domain-Specific Languages in .NET written by Oren Eini writing as Ayende Rahien has finally shipped. The final version is available online at Manning Press and I highly recommend it.

I was one of the technical reviewers so I have already read this book and I can tell you first hand it’s definitely one for your book shelf. The first few chapters describe the generalities of DSLs and Boo then the subsequent chapters describe all of the details you might need to know to implement an internal DSL in your application.

If you’ve been wondering about the whole DSL thing, this book would be a good gateway to the world. It’ll stretch your brain and certainly expose you to some new ideas. In addition the author makes a good case for some practical business applications and introduces a new addition to the open source scene: Rhino DSL.

I also got an honorable mention in the acknowledgments section of the book and a special quote on the Manning Press web site that’s pretty cool! Check out it out!

NUnit for .NET 4.0

I recently upgraded one of my projects to .NET 4.0 only to find that NUnit would no longer run my tests. Rather than waiting for the next version of NUnit to come with a .NET 4 build I decided to download the source code and build it myself. I’m including a zipfile with the required solution and project files to build NUnit yourself.

This should tide you over until the official build is released.


Build Steps

  1. Download the latest source code of NUnit
  2. Place the unzipped contents of this folder at $(NUnit)\solutions\
  3. Open nunit.sln and build
    1. You will get some build errors on one of the assemblies but most of the core assemblies will work fine.
  4. Copy the newly built assemblies into your applications lib folder.