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NUnit or MSTest ? The answer might be xUnit…

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Now that Visual Studio 2008 includes MSTest in the Professional Edition and above, I thought it’d be worth investigating whether to switch from NUnit to MSTest. There’s not much to choose between the two in terms of functionality and my preference for NUnit comes down to these reasons:

  • There’s currently more third party support for NUnit
  • NUnit is arguably a more mature and stable tool currently
  • NUnit is freely available but MSTest is only available with Professional and above editions
  • NUnit provides better compatibility across Visual Studio versions

That said, MSTest is likely to gain traction (as Microsoft would phrase it) as time goes on and the balance may tilt in its favour.

Just when I thought I’d made my mind up, I discovered xUnit on CodePlex. Definitely worth keeping an eye on and it’s interesting to read why xUnit was written and how it compares with NUnit and MSTest.

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Written by Sea Monkey

November 17, 2008 at 8:00 pm

Posted in Development

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