I am using Visual Studio Coded UI as a test automation tool. Our project manager asked us to install a DevExpress extension to VS2012. I have been searching online but I didn't figure out how DevExpress will help us in our test automation path.

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    Have you tried asking your project manager?
    – user246
    Aug 2, 2016 at 15:16
  • Does your development team use DevExpress components? If so, you'll need the extension to properly inspect and interact with some of the components, especially in desktop applications
    – Kate Paulk
    Aug 2, 2016 at 17:26

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If you are building a DevExpress desktop application with WinForms then you need the extension to be able to interact with the DevExpress components. CodedUI is very limited without it, it creates extra hooks for MS UI Automation framework.

If you are testing a web-application with DevExpress tooling then I do not think you need to install the extensions.

Also see the documentation: https://documentation.devexpress.com/#CodedUIExtension/CustomDocument11028

  • Thanks for replies , VS2012's coded UI component is enough for our project. It covers all necessary things in our GUI automation checklist.
    – RecepC
    Aug 3, 2016 at 10:51
  • @RecepC don't forget to upvote and accept if you found this answer useful. :-) It shows future visitors with the same issue that it actually solved your problem.
    – corsiKa
    Aug 3, 2016 at 19:10

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