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Test Guide for Source Control Plug-ins

This section provides guidance for testing your source control plug-in with Visual Studio. An extensive overview of the most common testing areas, as well as some of the more intricate areas that may be problematic is provided. This overview is not meant to be an exhaustive list of test cases.

Note Note

Some bug fixes and improvements to the latest Visual Studio IDE may uncover problems with existing source control plug-ins that were previously not encountered while using previous versions of Visual Studio. It is strongly recommended that you test your existing source control plug-in for the areas enumerated in this section, even if no changes have been made to the plug-in since the previous version of Visual Studio.

A machine with Visual Studio and the target source control plug-in installed, is required. A second machine similarly configured can be used for some of the Open from Source Control tests.

For the purpose of this test guide, use the following term definitions:

Client project

Any project type available in Visual Studio that supports source control integration (for example, Visual Basic, Visual C#, or Visual C++).

Web project

There are four types of Web projects: File System, Local IIS, Remote Sites, and FTP.

  • File System projects are created on a local path, but they do not require the Internet Information Services (IIS) to be installed as they are accessed internally via a UNC path, and can be placed under source control from inside the IDE, much like client projects.

  • Local IIS projects work with IIS that is installed on the same machine and are accessed with a URL pointing to the local machine.

  • Remote Sites projects are also created under an IIS Services, but they are placed under source control on the IIS server machine and not from inside the Visual Studio IDE.

  • FTP projects are accessed through a remote FTP server but they cannot be placed under source control.


Another term for the solution or project under source control.

Version Store

The source control database that is being accessed through the Source Control Plug-in API.