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Visual Studio Test Professional is the #4 ranked solution in our list of top Quality Management Tools. It is most often compared to TFS: Visual Studio Test Professional vs TFS

What is Visual Studio Test Professional?
Visual Studio Professional Edition provides an IDE for all supported development languages. As of Visual Studio 2010, the Standard edition was dropped. MSDN support is available as MSDN Essentials or the full MSDN library depending on licensing. It supports XML and XSLT editing, and can create deployment packages that only use ClickOnce and MSI. It includes tools like Server Explorer and integration with Microsoft SQL Server also. Windows Mobile development support was included in Visual Studio 2005 Standard, however, with Visual Studio 2008, it is only available in Professional and higher editions. Windows Phone 7 development support was added to all editions in Visual Studio 2010. Development for Windows Mobile is no longer supported in Visual Studio 2010; it is superseded by Windows Phone 7.
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  • "I think that the pricing is quite good."

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Puja Lal
Development Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Offers lots of features, including memory analysis and code sharing

Pros and Cons

  • "The stability has always been very good."
  • "In Visual Studio we still don't have anything which can pinpoint memory leaks on a certain code line."

What is our primary use case?

We primarily use the solution as a build environment.

What is most valuable?

The solution offers good memory analysis.

The solution has a lot of features on offer. We have not even utilized 100% features we used to use. From Visual Studio 6.0 onwards, the newer versions have a lot of features- including a built-in code analyzer - and all of that which would be very useful for us.

The solution can integrate with other solutions. In the past, we used to have BoundsChecker integrated with the solution for memory leak detection. 

The initial setup was pretty easy.

The stability has always been very good.

While I haven't used the feature, my understanding is that there are code-sharing capabilities among the developers in order to allow them to effectively review the code.

What needs improvement?

In Visual Studio we still don't have anything which can pinpoint memory leaks on a certain code line. It gives me memory analysis, however, it's not taking me to the code lines. That's what I was searching for in Micro Focus. If I could find a product that works exactly like BoundsChecker or better, then I would switch to that.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for a very long time. I've used it since version 1.5. It's been many years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We've never questioned the stability. It's always been quite good. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've never contacted technical support. There was never any need to do so. Therefore, I can't speak to how knowledgeable or responsive they are. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Many years back not now, very early 2006 or 2007 or around there, we were using a product called BoundsChecker and that time we were using it very extensively and it was a very, very useful tool. We had it integrated with Visual Studio 6.0. Now, we are using Visual Studio 2017 and 2019. However, unfortunately, we haven't found any tool that gives us the same kind of output as BoundsChecker used to. When I searched its history I found that it has been bought by Micro Focus and it has changed names a lot of times. I've been looking for a product giving the same output as BoundsChecker.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex or difficult. It was easy and pretty straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We aren't bothered by the pricing of the solution at all due to the fact that it provides us with a lot of great tools. The pricing is high, however, it's a single tool that allows you to do a lot of development without having to buy multiple other tools to do the same tasks.

What other advice do I have?

We're into software development. We are developing products, enterprise-level products, for clients. Microsoft is a business partner.

I'm into product management. My developers are the ones that are directly working with Visual Studio. I myself I'm not overly technical. Therefore, my insight is slightly limited. 

We are using versions from both 2017 and 2019. It might be Visual Studio version 6.0. 

We are not using a lot of it due to the fact that ours is a legacy code written back in the 1990s. It's a system library. We simply use it to build and compile and that's it.

I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. I haven't completely explored the whole solution, however, I've been very pleased with its overall capabilities. 

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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PE
SQA Engineer at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
A commonly-used and strong product with lots of support, but it needs more modern features and better integration for monitoring

Pros and Cons

  • "It is a very common and strong product. A lot of support is available for this product."
  • "It needs more integration with other tools for monitoring. Microsoft also needs to make it more modern to make it work with microservices and the cloud. It is a bit outdated currently."

What is our primary use case?

I use it just for coding our applications and features. We are using version 4.5, which is an old version. We haven't tried its latest version.  

It probably is deployed in a private cloud. It is a part of our firm architecture or infrastructure. 

What is most valuable?

It is a very common and strong product. A lot of support is available for this product.

What needs improvement?

It needs more integration with other tools for monitoring. Microsoft also needs to make it more modern to make it work with microservices and the cloud. It is a bit outdated currently. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for five years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable. We didn't find any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I don't know much about scalability. It is more related to the infrastructure side. 

We have around 2,015 people in our organization who use this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never really used Microsoft technical support. I just find the information on the internet.

How was the initial setup?

It is easy to set up. The deployment duration depends on the projects. We are working with different projects and persons. For one of our projects, we need one week to deploy. We usually test when all the teams have integrated changes in an environment. It takes some time to test. After that, the changes are deployed to another pre-production environment, where we again test. After that, when we are sure, we deploy to the production environment.

What other advice do I have?

It is an old technology, and I would like to try using a new technology. However, it is necessary for us to stay with this technology because we have a legacy product, but we are thinking of updating to newer versions or migrating to another technology. We didn't do that in the past because of the fear of losing some of the features and having any kind of breakage because of incompatibility. We are looking for microservices for the database. I would advise not to keep a lot of gap between upgrades. The risks are more when you upgrade after a long gap, such as four years. It also takes more time to test all the functionalities.

I would rate Visual Studio Test Professional a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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RS
Senior Developer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
It makes it easy to handle a lot of things and has good community support, but it needs better performance and error handling

Pros and Cons

  • "It is very easy to use. You can handle a lot of things together at once in one package, which is a good point for us."
  • "It is not good in terms of performance. When you open Visual Studio, you have to wait for a while to process your code. It uses a lot of resources and has a lot of features. If we could disable some of the features, it would be lighter and faster to use. Nowadays, for some of the projects, we use VS Code for JavaScript or Python. VS Code is very light and easy to use, whereas, in Visual Studio, we have to wait because it takes time to compile or run a project. It has a lot of competitors in terms of performance, such as Intelligent ID. Intelligent ID is very easy to use. It has many features, and it is lighter to use than Visual Studio. In terms of error handling, sometimes, it shows an error before you finish your code, which can be improved. It would be good if it has a version for Linux. I use VS Code on Linux, but I am not sure if Visual Studio has a version for Linux."

What is our primary use case?

I use it for coding, debugging, and other usual things.

What is most valuable?

It is very easy to use. You can handle a lot of things together at once in one package, which is a good point for us.

What needs improvement?

It is not good in terms of performance. When you open Visual Studio, you have to wait for a while to process your code. It uses a lot of resources and has a lot of features. If we could disable some of the features, it would be lighter and faster to use. Nowadays, for some of the projects, we use VS Code for JavaScript or Python. VS Code is very light and easy to use, whereas, in Visual Studio, we have to wait because it takes time to compile or run a project. It has a lot of competitors in terms of performance, such as Intelligent ID. Intelligent ID is very easy to use. It has many features, and it is lighter to use than Visual Studio.

In terms of error handling, sometimes, it shows an error before you finish your code, which can be improved. It would be good if it has a version for Linux. I use VS Code on Linux, but I am not sure if Visual Studio has a version for Linux.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for four or five years. 

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't contacted their technical support. We always search on the web. You can easily find most of the information on the web or Microsoft site. They have a big community, and you can find the information very easily.

How was the initial setup?

The initial installation is very good and easy. In 2015, they added a visual installer, which made it easier than before. Nowadays, we use Visual Studio to change or modify some of the packages, and it is much easier than before.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. I would rate Visual Studio Test Professional a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Vaishali-Aggarwal
Counselor at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 10
Good reporting and integrates well with other Microsoft tools

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the SSIS reports, the deployment models, and the ability to interact with other Microsoft tools."
  • "The documents on the Microsoft website are not very useful, and they ought to make it easier to find answers."

What is our primary use case?

I use this solution to load data from Excel into a database and perform transformations on the data in between.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the SSIS reports, the deployment models, and the ability to interact with other Microsoft tools.

What needs improvement?

The stability of this solution needs to be improved because sometimes it hangs and crashes.

The speed at which deployment can be done has room for improvement.

The support documentation that is available on the Microsoft website should be improved.

I would like to see more visuals, such as graphs and diagrams, added.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Visual Studio Test Professional for two years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

If it were not for the hangs and crashes that I sometimes experience, I would say that this solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution and I have enrolled a lot of users. We have perhaps 1,000 users.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate Microsoft technical support for this solution a seven out of ten.

I have not spoken with them directly, but I have had problems when I go online and search for solutions. The documents on the Microsoft website are not very useful, and they ought to make it easier to find answers. The documents, overall, are a bit hard to understand and are not user-friendly. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used previous versions of Microsoft Visual Test Studio including the 2010 and 2008 editions. I switched to the 2015 version because of the new features.

How was the initial setup?

I would say that the initial setup is fine, although I would rate it a medium level of complexity. Deploying this solution is not very quick, which is something that can be improved.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was also considering Alteryx but I chose this solution because of the cost.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
IZ
Assistance Engineer at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Stable and user friendly with a straightforward setup

Pros and Cons

  • "The solution is very stable; there's nothing in relation to stability to complain about."
  • "The database administration could be better; you should be able to choose new tools with the development environment in Visual Studio. It could be easier to use."

What is our primary use case?

I primarily write small applications for windows with it; we also use it for database administration.

What is most valuable?

The main interface is very user-friendly. The system overall is very useable. If you have to start a new project or new area, the system and the tutorial are great.

What needs improvement?

The database administration could be better; it would be nice if we could do every design related task also in Visual Studio what is possible in SQL Server Management Studio.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for 20 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable; there's nothing in relation to stability to complain about.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I've never reached out to technical support. Typically, if I run into problems, I look for answers in the forums.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

If you are buying the solution, it's quite pricey. They also offer a community version, which is a good approach.

What other advice do I have?

At the start, many years ago, it was not the best solution, but now it is the best in a technical development environment. The solution is installed directly onto PCs. We're using the 2017 version; the last few years the solution hasn't changed too much.

I'd rate the solution ten out of ten. 

It's my favorite tool, I haven't used anything else which is better than Visual Studio. I feel that I'm not using all of the capabilities so I'm content with the level of features on offer. In the latest versions, you can also develop and rate applications with it so it's really quite a complete product.

In terms of advice I would give to others, I'd recommend that they go through the tutorials to get used to the solution and its offerings.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
RV
Programmer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Consultant
Top 10
Built-in support for testing C# and .NET is helpful in our continuous integration development process

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the in-built support for C# and .NET projects."
  • "We would like to be able to easily integrate this solution with our continuous integration tools, such as Jenkins."

What is our primary use case?

I use Visual Studio Test Professional for C# and Java. Within our continuous integration environment, our testing using this solution includes running a script that takes about ten minutes.

At work, I use the paid version but at home, I use the Community Edition.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the in-built support for C# and .NET projects. Most of our clients are using C# and .NET and they prefer to use Visual Studio for automating.

What needs improvement?

We would like to be able to easily integrate this solution with our continuous integration tools, such as Jenkins.

We are having trouble that necessitates entering the identification properties of objects manually.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not met with any issues regarding stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The scalability of this solution is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have been in contact with technical support lots of times. I used to get answers from the portals and the blogs, which was useful for me. When I can't get the answers from those then I contact support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

In addition to Visual Studio Test Processional, I used Selenium Java and Selenium C#. I also use products by SmartBear.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

We are only using test scripts, which involves a minimal number of the features that are provided. We have also recommended this solution to some of our clients.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
DM
Senior Business Intelligence Consultant at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Vendor
Top 10
Easy to install and the userface is very user-friendly

Pros and Cons

  • "The setup is easy and straightforward."
  • "The data flow can be improved."

What is our primary use case?

This program is client-based and it allows you to build codes. So it's not like a product that you deploy for your customers either on Cloud or on-premise. This product is for developers, not for businesses.

What is most valuable?

The interface is user-friendly.

What needs improvement?

I particularly use some templates around BI that are called SQL servers, data, and tools, and they are an extension to Visual Studio. Some of them are like integration services that would benefit from some improvements, but I think Microsoft has other things that they might want to improve first. I would, however, like to see an improvement in the data flow.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Visual Studio Test Professional for 18 years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The program is pretty stable. Sometimes it crashes but it depends on your hardware. The last few versions have been pretty stable.

How was the initial setup?

Microsoft programs are usually very easy and straightforward to install. It's constantly being updated by Microsoft but there is usually no need to get help from a consultant. Any developer should be able to do the installation themselves.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I know that for Java or for other programs like Python, you can use multiple development tools or client tools. But in Microsoft's case, I've never heard of someone using anything else than Visual Studio Test Professional

What other advice do I have?

It is a very good solution and on a scale from one to ten, I will rate it a nine. In the next release I would like to see better data flow.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
TB
Systems Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Vendor
Top 5
Helpful code development tools and supports background unit testing

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are tools like IntelliSense and ReSharper."
  • "The integration with Git needs improving because it is a bit disjointed and unpredictable."

What is our primary use case?

We use Visual Studio for product development. It includes the development of modules from the requirements through to the testing and deployment.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are tools like IntelliSense and ReSharper.

The running of unit tests in the background is helpful.

What needs improvement?

The integration with Git needs improving because it is a bit disjointed and unpredictable.

The diagrammatic representation of the database in the entity framework is helpful but it seems to have been removed.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for about six years, since 2014.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I think that this product is quite stable and good to use.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This is a scalable solution that seems to cope well with large systems.

We have fewer than 200 users and we are unlikely to change our usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never been in contact with technical support.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think that the pricing is quite good.

What other advice do I have?

Visual Studio is a good solution that I would recommend. My only complaints are about the Git integration and the removal of the diagrammatic representation of the database from the entity framework.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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