Below is a sample test case which I wrote on my test suite.

In my project i need to be more focus on test reporting, so I thought in storing the test Pass / Failed status on SQL data table.

Then I can use some 3rd party tool to generate the report by referring to the SQL data table.

Any suggestions?

        public void Validate_Availability_Of_Identity_Selector_Buttons()
            string TestCaseName = "Validate Availability Of Identity Selector Buttons";
            AvailabilityElm elm = new AvailabilityElm();
                Assert.IsTrue(elm.IdentitySelectors.Displayed == true);

            catch (Exception e)



I have used Extended report in the past but I feel I need to add more lines of codes to the test steps if I'm moving with extender reports.

This is how my SQL table looks like :

command.CommandText = "  INSERT INTO [dbo].[AUStagAdminPanelTestData]([TestcaseName],[Status],[Info])VALUES(@TestcaseName,@Status,@Info)";
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    Could you clarify exactly what type of advice you are looking for? Is it a technical one (on how to use the SQL data ) or a processual one (how should you design the report)? In both cases, you should specify the target public of these reports: - The testers that write the automated suite? - "Non-techinical" QA? - Devs? - Business representatives? - A bug report tool (that will log the failures automatically)? This information interferes directly on the type of report you want. Jan 29, 2017 at 20:24

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I have done something similar in the past, but not in the test itself. Most xUnit test-frameworks have SetUp() and CleanUp() functions. This seems a better place to handle this. Primary as you do not repeat yourself in each test-case. It will be easier to add more fields for your report when needed.

For C# and MS-test this would like something like this:


Instead of your example I added the test to the database in the [TestInitialize] step. [TestInitialize] is run for before each test is run. Also I included a start Timestamp field in the database.

You can use the Test.Name for the name of the test instead of hard-coded "strings"

string testMethodName = TestContext.CurrentContext.Test.Name;


In the [TestCleanup] I would update the record with pass/fail data, fail-count and an end-timestamp.

if (TestContext.CurrentTestOutcome.ToString() == "Failed") {
  //Do Something

With the timestamps you can also see how long the test takes and when they started.


We used this data in a script to select test-cases to re-run slow UI tests after a fail. We would re-run each test up-to three times, this because some of the tests would be flaky, but we did not want to research them everyday.

More reads:

  • \wow..I was pretty much aware about test attributes and i was wondering why i didnt use [TestCleanup] to set pass / fail data.Thanks a lot for mention it.
    – ChathuD
    Jan 30, 2017 at 3:41

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