Fundamentals of Unit Testing: Test Your Application by Visual Studio Unit Test

This is the "Fundamentals of Unit Testing" article series. In our previous article, we had an introduction to unit testing. We have learned why unit testing is very important and defined steps of Test Driven Development. You can read it here.

Fundamentals of Unit Testing: Getting Started With Unit Testing

Ok, as promised, in this article we will implement a simple unit testing application and will see how unit testing should be performed in the Visual Studio environment. So, let's go step-by-step.

Step 1. Create a class library application

Here we will create a class library application, the class library application is purposefully chosen because as per our discussion in the previous article, a unit test is a best fit for applications where there is no user interface. So here is the class library.

Test project library

Step 2. Define simple class and function

Here we will define a simple class and function to be tested by a unit test method. For the sake of simplicity, we have implemented a very simple string-handling function. Have a look at the following code.

using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
namespace TestProjectLibrary
    public class StringHandling
        public string concat(string name, string surname)
            return name + surname;

So, the purpose of the concat() function is to return a string after adding two string parameters that it will take as input.

Step 3. Add unit test project to the solution

Here we will add a unit test project to the solution. As we have discussed, we will use a unit test template of Visual Studio. So, add a Unit Test Project to the solution.

Unit test project

After adding the project to the solution, the solution will look something similar to this.

Unit test

Step 4. Add a reference to the unit test application

In this step, we will provide a reference of the Class Library project in the Unit Test project. Here is the reference screen.

Test project library

Step 5. Write test case to perform testing

Now, go to the UnitTest project open the UnitTest1.cs file, and modify it with the following code

using System;
using Microsoft.VisualStudio.TestTools.UnitTesting;
using TestProjectLibrary;
namespace UnitTest
    public class UnitTest1
        public void TestMethod1()
            StringHandling ObjString = new StringHandling();
            String rvalue = ObjString.concat("sourav", "kayal");
            Assert.AreEqual("sourav", rvalue);

So the code is very simple and self-explanatory, the class is defined as a unit test class and the method is decorated as a TestMethod. Then within the method, we are creating an object of the class, to which we will test and call the function.

The function will return one string, we are expecting it will return the concatenation value of both arguments. Then we are using the AreEqual() function of the Assert class that will match the return value with the expected value.

The first argument is the expected value and the second parameter is the returned value. Now we need to run the test case.

The point to make is that we cannot run the unit test application like a normal application. To run it, go to

All tests

Test/All Tests and click on that. We will see the following output window.

Test method

We will see that the test did not pass because the argument we are passing is “Sourav” and “Kayal” and the return value will be “souravkayal” but we are expecting “Sourav” from the function. So it fails.

Now if we change the expected value in the AreEqual() function as in the following.

Passed tests

We will see that the test has passed.

Cheers! We have learned to implement a simple unit testing application. In a future article, we will explore more of unit testing.

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