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E (Visual Studio ALM Glossary)

E (Visual Studio ALM Glossary)

This glossary defines key terms that are used in the Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) Help.

elapsed exclusive time

Time spent in function, excluding time spent in items it calls. See also: elapsed inclusive time

elapsed inclusive time

Time spent in function and items it calls. See also: elapsed exclusive time

embedding relationship

A domain relationship in which the links form a tree of paths by which each object can be uniquely identified.

end user

The person who actually uses a solution, as opposed to the customer, who pays for it.

entry criteria

States of being that must be present before an effort can begin successfully.

entry point

An interface provided by the system that might be used to gain access to the assets or resources of a system.


A set of roles that are required to run a specific application and the machines to be used for each role.

environment snapshot

A file-based representation of the state, disk data, and configuration of all virtual machines in an environment at a specific point in time.

environment viewer

An application that lets users connect to and interact with the virtual machines in a virtual environment. You can also use the environment viewer to take a snapshot of the environment. See also: environment snapshot.


See: Event Trace for Windows

Event Trace for Windows (ETW)

A lightweight reporting infrastructure that is part of Microsoft Windows and used by several major Microsoft technologies to report information.

exception event

A diagnostic event in IntelliTrace that occurs within the Visual Studio Debugger. Exception events include exceptions thrown, exceptions caught, and unhandled exceptions.

exclusive time

The total time spent inside this function or module, excluding time in functions or modules called from this function.

exclusive transitions

Number of transitions between user (ring 3) and kernel mode (ring 0) in function, excluding transitions in items it calls.

exit criteria

A set of criteria that a product or service must meet before a particular milestone is complete. The presence of exit criteria signal the end of a successful effort.

experimental build

A separate instance of Visual Studio that is stored in a special registry hive so that developers can to easily and consistently debug and deploy solutions in an isolated work environment.

exploratory testing

The testing of a product without a set of tests defined in advanced. Testers performing exploratory testing take on a persona and perform the tasks that persona would perform.

extraction rule

A rule that copies a string from a Web test response and puts it in the test context for use later in the test. For example, you can extract a form field value from a response and use it as a parameter value in a subsequent request. There is a predefined set of rules that comes with the product and additional extraction rules can be created if needed.

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