Utilizing your .NET Project's Automated Acceptance Tests on Crystal Reports - Part 2
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by Eric Landes
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Why test Values?

Since values change constantly in reports, your first question may be "why write tests against values".  This article presents the idea that in cases where you are calculating fields, or doing data dictionary lookups for fields, testing the values can validate the reports internal "code".

The downside of testing for values is that this has to be done against a data source.  When we test the format, as we did in the first article, there is not a lot performance issues.  But when we need to go against a data source, then our automated tests don't perform quickly.  For this reason, this article doesn't recommend that the test referenced in Part 2 be included with your continuous integration builds.  But any builds that go to your testing environments are good candidates to put this in.

Also keep in mind that we need to make sure the data that the report uses is consistent.  We'll talk about techniques to do that.


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