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Mobile DevOps 1 - Cross Platform Mobile Development with Xamarin


Creating cross-platform mobile applications can be challenging. Besides the platform differences in the code, there are extra considerations for implementing DevOps practices like Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Delivery (CD) for mobile solutions.

Using Xamarin developers can build and debug native apps for iOS, Android and Windows from a single, shared C# codebase. Furthermore, developers can leverage Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) for source code, work item management, Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery for mobile applications.

A Note About HealthClinic.Biz

The solution that you will use for this workshop is from HealthClinic.biz, an end-to-end sample from Microsoft. The code has been modified for this workshop, so you may find differences. The mobile apps in the project connect to two services that are hosted in Azure - an Azure Mobile App service and an Azure Web App. The Azure apps have been modified for this workshop so that they are read only. Any add, update or delete method will return a successful response but will not modify any data in the database. If you wish to host these services yourself after the workshop, then please refer to the Deployment to Azure page in the wiki.


In this module, you will see how to:

  • Leverage Visual Studio and Xamarin to develop cross-platform mobile applications
  • Run automated tests for your application to increase agility and overall quality
  • Create a new Team Project in VSTS
  • Push your source code to the VSTS Team Project


The following is required to complete this module:

  • An email address for creating a new Xamarin account and VSTS account
  • A computer with the latest Visual Studio and latest Xamarin tools installed (if following the labs at the Build 2016 conference this will have been installed for you already)


In order to run the exercises in this module, you will need to set up your environment first.

  1. Open Windows Explorer and browse to the module's Source folder at c:\Labs\CodeLabs-MobileDevOps\Module1-Xamarin\Source.
  2. Right-click Setup.ps1 and select Run with PowerShell to launch the setup process. This will configure your environment and copy the Source Code for this module to your working folder at c:\buildworkshop\HealthClinic.biz
  3. If the User Account Control dialog box is shown, confirm the action to proceed.


This module includes the following exercises:

  1. Exploring Xamarin Projects in Visual Studio
  2. Compiling the HealthClinic.Biz Xamarin Solution
  3. Creating a VSTS Team Project
  4. Pushing the Source Code to the VSTS Team Project
  5. Running Unit Tests

Estimated time to complete this module: 60 minutes

Exercise 1: Exploring Xamarin Projects in Visual Studio

In this exercise, you will explore Xamarin projects in Visual Studio.

Task 1 - Exploring Xamarin Project Types

In this task you will learn about different types of Xamarin projects.

  1. In Visual Studio, click File->New->Project to launch the new project dialog. Click the Cross Platform node to see the cross-platform project templates.

    Visual Studio Cross Platform Project Templates

    Visual Studio Cross Platform Project Templates

    Here are some of the project templates.

    • Native Portable - use this to share binaries between native projects.
    • Native Shared - use this to share source code between native projects.
    • Xamarin.Forms Portable - use this to share Xamarin Forms binaries between projects
    • Xamarin.Forms Shared - use this to share Xamarin Forms code between projects
    • Xamarin.Forms class library - use this to create a Xamarin Forms class library
    • Xamarin UI Test App (Cross Platform) - use this to create a cross-platform UI test project

    Under the Android, iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch nodes, you'll see other types of applications that Xamarin allows you to create, like Games, Apple Watch, Android Wear, and UI Test apps.

    Note: The difference between a shared project and a portable project is the unit of sharing. Portable projects share compile code (binaries) while shared projects share source code.

    Note: Portable class libraries allow you to share code - this is typically business logic code, and not UI code. However, Xamarin.Forms allows you to share even UI code. In Xamarin.Forms, you would design a page with controls that have been abstracted. Xamarin.Forms maps the abstracted Forms controls to native controls - so Xamarin.Forms Entry control maps to UITextView on iOS, EditText on Android and TextBox on Windows.

    The Xamarin.Forms site describes which Xamarin approach is best for your app.

    • Xamarin.Forms is best for:
      • Apps that require little platform-specific functionality
      • Apps where code sharing is more important than custom UI
      • Developers comfortable with XAML
    • Xamarin.iOS & Xamarin.Android are best for:
      • Apps with interactions that require native behavior
      • Apps that use many platform-specific APIs
      • Apps where custom UI is more important than code sharing

Exercise 2: Compiling the HealthClinic.Biz Xamarin Solution

In this exercise, you will open the cross-platform mobile apps for the HealthClinic.biz project. You will examine the project structure and compile the solution. You will run the application in the Android emulator.

Note: While most of the code is the same for this workshop as the code in the GitHub repo, there are some differences. You will not see exactly the same code if you open the GitHub repo yourself after the workshop.

Task 1 - Opening the HealthClinic.Biz Xamarin Solution

In this task you will open the Xamarin solution for cross-mobile apps for HealthClinic.biz.

  1. In Visual Studio, click File->Open->Project/Solution. Browse to c:\buildworkshop\HealthClinic.biz and open 04_Demos_NativeXamarinApps.sln.

  2. Once the solution is open, you may be prompted to configure a Xamarin Mac agent. Since we don't have one for the workshop, you can check the Don't show this again checkbox and click OK.

    The Xamarin Mac Agent Dialog

    The Xamarin Mac Agent Dialog

    Note: In order to compile Xamarin.iOS projects, you need a Mac agent running on a Mac machine. Every time you open the solution, you will be prompted to connect to your Mac agent - since you won't have one for this workshop, you can just close the dialog.

  3. You should see 6 projects in the solution.

    Xamarin Projects in the Solution

    Xamarin Projects in the Solution

    Note: The original HealthClinic.biz sample includes other projects, like Apple Watch and WPF clients, and the service side code as well.


  1. Right click on the solution 04_Demos_NativeXamarinApps and select Restore NuGet Packages. Once all the nuget packages have been restored, right click the solution again and choose Clean Solution, and then right click the solution again and choose Rebuild Solution. Wait until it has finished building by looking at the progress bar at the bottom right of Visual Studio.

  2. Let's examine the Portable Class Library. The MyHealth.Client.Core project is a Portable Class Library (PCL). It contains components that are shared by the Android and iOS applications in this solution as well as the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) desktop application and the Windows Universal Platform (UWP) app. This is the bulk of the code for the application. The other projects are more platform specific, and largely consist of wiring up the objects (like ViewModels) from the PCL to the native UI pages.

    In the project you will see:

    • Converters - used to convert values when databinding
    • Extensions - extension methods that extend existing classes
    • Helpers - helper functions
    • Messages - classes to encapsulate messages
    • Models - classes for encapsulating data for data binding
    • Pages - contains a Xamarin.Forms settings page that is used by all the platforms
    • ServiceAgents - encapsulates calls to the REST services that the app connects to
    • Services - interfaces for common services used in the apps
    • ViewModels - view models from the MVVM pattern, used for data binding in the UI
    • AppSettings.cs - a static file containing common settings

    The advantage of having a PCL is that there is so much reuse of the code. It also makes unit testing simpler, since .NET unit tests can be used to test the logic in the PCL, thereby ensuring quality of the large common base of the code.

  3. Examine how the AppointmentsViewModel is reused in several projects. Open the following file: MyHealth.Client.Core\ViewModels\AppointmentsViewModel.cs. This class defines the view model for the appointments page in the app. It defines several properties that raise property changed events when they are modified and several list properties that are Observable - that is, they also raise events when they are modified. This object can be used for databinding to controls in any UI that understands data binding. Furthermore, the class defines several Commands that can be triggered from UI elements such as buttons. Finally, it defines how the data is retrieved from the data store via services.

  4. Open the following files and see how this ViewModel is reused in the other projects.

    • MyHealth.Client.Droid\Views\AppointmentsFragment.cs
    • MyHealth.Client.iOS\Views\AppointmentsView.cs
    • MyHealth.Client.W10.UWP\Views\AppointmentsView.xaml.cs

    All of the above files define the AppointmentsViewModel as the data binding source for the UI. The remainder of the code in the platform-specific projects is to configure and bind the object correctly to UI elements.

  5. Now, let's examine the ServiceAgents. The Client applications all call a service to get and update data. The service is an ASP.NET 5 REST API application hosted in an Azure Mobile App service. The Service Agents are encapsulations of different "areas" within the API: for example, the DoctorsService contains calls to the methods that get Doctor data, while the PatientsService gets Patient data.

    The source code for the service is in the original HealthClinic.biz sample. For this workshop, the service has already been deployed to Azure at this address: https://healthclinicmobile-build.azurewebsites.net. Deploying this service is beyond the scope of this workshop.

    Note: Azure Mobile Apps can be used for:

    • Broadcasting push with customer segmentation
    • Enterprise single sign-on with Active Directory
    • Autoscaling to support millions of devices
    • Allowing apps to work offline and sync
    • Social integration with Facebook, Twitter, Google

    In later tasks, you will mock the services so that unit tests do not have any dependency on the services. However, when you run the applications in the emulators, they will connect to the service in Azure.

Task 2 - Running the Android Emulator

In this task, you will run the Android application in the Visual Studio Emulator for Android. You will set a breakpoint and confirm that Visual Studio breaks at the code even when it is running in the emulators.

Note: It is also possible to debug iOS and UWP applications in exactly the same manner as debugging Android applications. For iOS you require Mac OX to be connected via the Mac agent.

  1. Open MyHealth.Client.Core\ServiceAgents\PatientsService.cs and set a breakpoint at the return statement in the GetAsync(int id) method. You can do this by clicking the breakpoint gutter on the left or by placing the cursor on the line and pressing F9.

    Setting a breakpoint in the PatientsService

    Setting a breakpoint in the PatientsService

  2. Now, let's run the Android App in the Android Emulator. Right-click the MyHealth.Client.Droid project and click Set as Startup Project. In the toolbar, click Run in Simulator, which should have a name like 5" KitKat (4.4) XXHDPI Phone (Android 4.4 - API 19).

    Click Run Android Emulator

    Click Run Android Emulator

  3. The first time you do so, the emulator is created and configured, so it may take a few moments to start up. Make sure your unlock the Android emulator once it starts by dragging with your mouse to the side. You may also be asked if you want it to be configured for internet access, and if you do, click Yes.
    Once it starts up, you should see the emulator run the Patients app.

    App in the Android Emulator

    App in the Android Emulator

  4. Confirm that the debugger breaks in the PatientsService.cs file. This is the same code shared by the iOS and UWP apps! Press F5 to continue running the app. When you are done, click Stop to stop debugging.

Exercise 4: Creating a VSTS Team Project

In this exercise, you sign up for a VSTS account and create a new Team Project for your Xamarin projects. In this module you will push toe source code to the team project's Git repository. In later modules you will use it to create an automated build that runs unit tests and produces binaries, and create a release definition to manage releases of your builds and track work items like bugs.

Task 1 - Signing up for a VSTS Account

In this task, you will sign up for a free VSTS account.

Note: You can skip this step if you already have a VSTS account. However, you need to ensure that it is an account in which you are the account owner. In other words, if you created a previous VSTS account yourself, you can skip this step and just sign into your account. Once you have signed into your existing account, then create a new Team Project as specified in Task 2.

  1. Sign into visualstudio.com. Enter your Microsoft Account credentials.

    Signing in to visualstudio.com

    Signing into visualstudio.com

    Note: If you do not have a Microsoft Account, then you will need to create one by clicking "Sign up now". Once you have created an account, you can sign in using that account.

  2. Create a new VSTS account by entering the following information:

    • Your name
    • Your region
    • The name of your new account
    • Click Create Account

    Creating a New VSTS Account

    Creating a New VSTS Account

    Note: The instructions might be different and only ask you for your chosen account URL.

  3. Once the account is created, you will see the VSTS landing page, which will prompt you to create a new Team Project. Continue to the next task.

Task 2 - Creating a New Team Project

In this task, you will create a new Team Project.

  1. On the New Team Project page, enter the following information:

    • In project name enter HealthClinic
    • Select the Agile process template
    • Select Git version control
    • Click Create project button

    Note: VSTS might not prompt you to create a new Project but create one for you automatically. If so, click on New under Recent projects & teams to create the new project.

    Creating a New Team Project

    Creating a New Team Project

    Note: This workshop will use the Agile template, but could just as easily use the Scrum template. Similarly, you could use Team Foundation Version Control as well, but this workshop will use Git. These choices do not affect the ability to do cross-platform mobile app development or DevOps.

  2. Once the Team Project is created, you will be redirected to the Team Project dashboard. You can close the Congratulations dialog once you have read it.

    The Team Project Dashboard

    The Team Project Dashboard

Exercise 5: Pushing the Source Code to the VSTS Team Project

In this exercise, you will push the source code to your VSTS Team Project. Once the code is in the team project, you will branch it.

Task 1 - Initializing the Local Repo

In this task, you will initialize a local Git repo for your source code. Since there is more code in the repository than just the solution you have open, you will use the command line to initialize the repo.

Note: The local repository contains the complete history of the source code. If other developers obtain your repo (in Git language, if they clone your repo) they will see all the history of the source in their local copy. Typically, the Git workflow is: you commit your changes to your local repo and then push the changes to a remote repo. Other developers would then pull your changes into their local repo before committing and pushing their changes.

  1. Press the Start button in the Taskbar (or press the Windows key on your keyboard) and type in dev. Find the Developer Command Prompt for VS2015 and click it to launch the developer command prompt.

    Open the Developer Command Prompt

    Open the Developer Command Prompt

  2. The Developer Command Prompt should open.

    The Developer Command Prompt

    The Developer Command Prompt

  3. Enter the following command. This will change the directory to the root folder containing the source code.

    cd c:\buildworkshop\HealthClinic.biz
  4. Now enter the following command. This will initialize the Git repo. The response should be Initialized empty Git repository in C:/buildworkshop/HealthClinic.biz/.git/

    Note: This initializes the repository and places the current version onto the master branch. The name master is simply a convention, but it is a well-used one.

    git init
  5. You'll connect to the newly initialized repo in Visual Studio. Click View->Team Explorer and then, Connect (it looks like a little plug).

    Note: This task could be accomplished from the command line too. Feel free to run git add . and git commit -m "Initial commit" from the command line if you are familiar with using Git from the command line. Then skip to the next task.

    The Connect button in Team Explorer

    The Connect button in Team Explorer

  6. At the bottom of the Pane, find the section with the heading Local Git Repositories. Click the Add link, enter (or browse to) c:\buildworkshop\HealthClinic.biz and click Add.

    Adding a Git repo in Team Explorer

    Adding a Git repo in Team Explorer

  7. Double-click on the newly added HealthClinic.biz repo to connect to the repo. Team Explorer should now list all the solutions in the repo in the Home pane.

    The Home Pane in Team Explorer

    The Home Pane in Team Explorer

  8. Click on the Changes tile to navigate to the Changes pane. Expand the Untracked Files section to see the files that Git has detected are not yet tracked. In order to track these files, you must first add them to the repo.

  9. Right-click the top node and click Add.

    Add untracked files in Team Explorer

    Add untracked files in Team Explorer

  10. You will need to configure your Git Global Settings. Click on the Configure link.

  11. Enter your name and email address. Leave the other settings as their defaults. Then click Update.

    Global Git Settings in Team Explorer

    Global Git Settings in Team Explorer

    Note: This is not an authentication setting. The username and email address are text fields that are associated with commits. In order to push your code to a remote, you typically have to authenticate against the remote server. You will see this later.

  12. Click the back button at the top of the Team Explorer panel to return to the commit action. The files have now been placed in the Included Changes section, and now you are now ready to commit the files to the repo. Enter Initial commit into the message box and click the Commit button.

    The initial commit

    The initial commit

  13. This may take a few moments. Once completed, the Changes pane will show no changes pending. This means you have commited your changes to your local Git repo, but not yet pushed these changes to VSTS.

    No changes in Team Explorer

    No changes in Team Explorer

Task 2 - Pushing the Code to the VSTS Repo

In this task, you will add the remote - that is, a repo that other developers (and processes like builds) can pull code from. While the entire source history lives in your local Git repo, you will have to share your code somehow for others to read and change it. The unit of sharing (if you will) is the remote repo.

Note: Repositories can have any number of remotes. Once you have committed to your local repo, you will push the changes to a remote (or many remotes).

  1. Let's find the Git remote address from the repo in VSTS. Navigate to your VSTS HealthClinic Team Project. Click on the CODE hub.

    Click on the Code Hub

    Click on the Code Hub

  2. Find the Clone URL and copy it to the clipboard.

    Getting the Clone URL in VSTS

    Getting the Clone URL in VSTS

  3. Now let's add a Remote. Again click on the Pane heading to pull down the navigation menu and click Settings. Then click Repository Settings. Under Remotes, click the Add link.

    Click Add Remote in the Repo Settings Pane

    Click Add Remote in the Repo Settings Pane

  4. Enter origin as the name of the remote (MAKE SURE TO TYPE origin ALL LOWER CASE) and then paste the clone URL you copied from VSTS into the Fetch text box. Make sure that Push matches fetch is selected. Click Save.

    Configure the origin remote

    Configure the origin remote

    Note: The name origin is again a convention that is very commonly used. The remotes can be named whatever you want, but typically if you only have one remote the name of that remote is origin.

  5. Now push the code to VSTS. In Team Explorer, click on the Pane heading to pull down the navigation menu and click Sync to open the Sync pane.

  6. Under Outgoing Commits, click the Publish link.

    Publish to the remote

    Publish to the remote

  7. You will be prompted to enter credentials. Enter the username and password of the MSA account that you used to create your VSTS account.

    Entering credentials when pushing to the remote

    Entering credentials when pushing to the remote

    Note: Typically, you will use the Sync Pane to fetch, pull and push. You only need to publish the first time since this is the first time you are pushing to the remote. Fetch allows you to preview incoming changes. If you want to pull down the changes (merging into your current workspace) you will have to perform a pull. If there are conflicts (which will happen if someone changed a file in the remote repo that you have also changed in your local repo) you will have to resolve the conflicts. Once you've made changes via commits in your local repo, you can push those commits to the remote server. Sync is a convenience operation that performs a pull followed immediately by a push (assuming there are no conflicts in the pull operation).

  8. Wait until the following message appears. This may take a few moments to complete.

    Successful push to the remote

    Successful push to the remote

  9. If you switch to Solution Explorer, you will see blue padlock icons to the left of all the files. The Solution Explorer understands source control, and at present all the files are unchanged in the repo.

    Source Control icons in Solution Explorer

    Source Control icons in Solution Explorer

  10. On the browser, refresh the CODE Hub in VSTS. Navigate to your VSTS Team Project that you created, and click on the CODE hub (or refresh the page if you are already there). You should see the code on the master branch.

    The code pushed to VSTS

    The code pushed to VSTS

Exercise 5: Running Unit Tests

In this exercise, you will run unit tests against the Client.Core library. You will explore the architecture of the unit tests and how to write tests against hard-to-test code. You will also learn how to mock service references for unit testing. You will also see how to calculate code coverage for a solution.

Task 1 - Running Unit Tests

In this task, you will run the unit tests.

  1. In Visual Studio, open the Test Explorer window by clicking Test->Windows->Test Explorer. When the Test Explorer Window is open, build your solution by pressing ctrl-shift-b or pressing F6. As the solution builds, the Test Explorer window will discover tests in the solution.

    Tests discovered in the Test Explorer

    Tests discovered in the Test Explorer

  2. Click the Group by pulldown menu and select Project to group the tests by project.

    Group Tests by Project

    Group Tests by Project

  3. You will see that there are two test projects: a unit test project which contains unit tests and a UITests project that contains UI tests.

    Tests grouped by project

    Tests grouped by project

  4. Right-click the MyHealth.Client.Core.UnitTests project and select Run Selected Tests. This will just run the unit tests, but you will examine the unit tests in more detail later.

    Run the unit tests

    Run the unit tests

    You should see most tests pass, with one test failure - you will fix this later.

    Note With Visual Studio Enterprise you also have access to Microsoft Fakes (Unit Test Isolation), IntelliTest, Code Coverage and a host of other testing tools.

    Test Results with a failure

    Test Results with a failure

Task 2 - Running UI Tests

In this task, you will run UI tests.

  1. In the Test Explorer window, expand the MyHealth.Client.Core.UITests project, right-click the Test_SwitchBetweenMeds test and click Run Selected Tests. This test should launch the emulator and run tests against the emulated device. The test should succeed.

    Note: Like before, the emulator might take a moment to start if you had closed it earlier. If the emulator starts and shows a padlock (the phone is locked) just click and drag the lock off to the right to unlock the emulator, then wait for the app to start and the two tests to run.

  2. In the Test Explorer window, expand the MyHealth.Client.Core.UITests project and double-click the Test_SwitchBetweenMeds test to open it.

    This code uses the IApp interface from the Xamarin.UITest framework. This interface abstracts away the actual hardware (or emulator) so it can be used to run iOS UI tests as well. The TestFixture attribute at the top of the class specifies which platform(s) to run tests against. Since we don't have any Mac hardware, the iOS test platform has been commented out.

    public class Tests

    The Setup attribute above the BeforeEachTest method tells the test framework to run this method prior to each test. The method initializes the IApp interface.

    public void BeforeEachTest()
        app = AppInitializer.StartApp(platform);
  3. Examine the Test_SwitchBetweenMeds method.

    public void Test_SwitchBetweenMeds()
        app.WaitForElement(q => q.Marked("toolbar_title").Text("Home"), "Home screen too slow", TimeSpan.FromMinutes(2));
        app.Flash(q => q.Marked("countdown_title").Text("Tylenol 100ml"));
        app.Tap(q => q.Button("medicine2Button"));
        app.Flash(q => q.Marked("countdown_title").Text("Tamiflu 100ml"));
        app.Tap(q => q.Button("medicine1Button"));
        app.Flash(q => q.Marked("countdown_title").Text("Tylenol 100ml"));

    The test uses the following methods:

    • Screenshot marks discreet steps in the test
    • WaitForElement waits for a condition to be fulfilled, with an optional timeout setting
    • The condition for WaitForElement is an AppQuery lambda. The expression q => q.Marked("toolbar_title").Text("Home") can be read "find the control with the name toolbar_title that has the text property Home"
    • Flash uses an AppQuery lambda to find a control and make it blink (or flash) in the UI. If you watch the test running, you will see the medicine names flash as this method finds the controls
    • Tap is used to tap a control or point - specified by another AppQuery lambda

Task 3 - Mocks

In this task, you will examine how mocks are used to isolate the unit tests from dependencies - like services.

  1. In the Test Explorer window, find the Test_RetrieveMedicines_WhenTwoMeds_InitsCorrectly test under the MyHealth.Client.Core.UnitTests project and double click it to open it.

  2. Have a look at the act section of this test.

    // act
    var homeviewModel = new HomeViewModel(mockHealthClient.Object, mockMessenger.Object);
    await homeviewModel.RetrieveMedecinesAsync();
  3. This code is testing that the RetrieveMedecinesAsync method in the HomeViewModel class is correct. Place your cursor on the RetrieveMedecinesAsync method call and press F12 to go to its definition.

  4. Examine the HomeviewModel.RetrieveMedecinesAsync method. This method calls a REST method on the MedicinesService.

    var medicines = await _myHealthClient.MedicinesService.GetMedicinesWithDosesAsync (AppSettings.DefaultPatientId, AmountOfMedicines);
  5. Set a breakpoint on this line of code, which you'll later hit when debugging the test.

    Note: The call to the service is asynchronous, so the await keyword is used. If you look back at the unit test, you'll see that the unit test is an async method so that it can properly test asynchronous code.

  6. Calling the actual service during a test is not ideal - the returned data could change, and the test would break. It is best proactive to isolate your unit tests from external dependencies - like services or databases. There are several ways to do this, but one good way is to use mocks.

  7. Open the Test_RetrieveMedicines_WhenTwoMeds_InitsCorrectly method again by clicking the Navigate Back button once in the toolbar, or double-clicking the test in the Test Explorer window.

  8. Examine the arrange section of this test (if it is folder, click the + icon on the left to open the folded section).

    #region arrange
    Mock<MedicinesService> mockMedicineService = GetMockMedicineService(2);
    var mockHealthClient = new Mock<IMyHealthClient>();
    mockHealthClient.Setup(h => h.MedicinesService).Returns(mockMedicineService.Object);
    var mockMessenger = new Mock<IMvxMessenger>();

    Note: This test project uses Moq to create mocks. There are other mocking frameworks such as Rhino Mocks.

  9. The test first creates a Mock of type MedicinesService by calling the helper method GetMockMedicineService. Put your cursor onto the GetMockMedicineService call and press F12 to navigate to its definition.

    private static Mock<MedicinesService> GetMockMedicineService(int numMeds)
        var list = new List<MedicineWithDoses>();
        for (int i = 0; i < numMeds;)
            list.Add(new MedicineWithDoses()
                    Medicine = new Medicine() { MedicineId = ++i },
                    Times = new Dictionary<TimeOfDay, int>() { { TimeOfDay.Breakfast, 1 } }
        var mockAppointmentService = new Mock<MedicinesService>("url", 1);
        mockAppointmentService.Setup(m => m.GetMedicinesWithDosesAsync(It.IsAny<int>(), It.IsAny<int>()))
        return mockAppointmentService;

    This method first creates a List of MedicineWithDoses. Then, it creates a Mock<MedicinesService>, invoking the constructor with 2 arguments.

    Next, the code uses the Setup method to set up an asynchronous value of list whenever the GetMedicinesWithDosesAsync method is called on the Mock. The return value will be the same irrespective of the arguments passed to the method (which is expecting 2 integer arguments).

    Note: The It.IsAny<int>() method calls mean "for any integer in this argument". You could call Setup several times and return different return values if the arguments are different. For example, you could return null when the arguments are 0 and 5 respectively by using this snippet.

    mockAppointmentService.Setup(m => m.GetMedicinesWithDosesAsync(It.Is(0), It.Is(5))).ReturnsAsync(null);

  10. Go back to the Test_RetrieveMedicines_WhenTwoMeds_InitsCorrectly method. Once the test has a Mock<MedicinesService>, it needs to mock the IMyHealthClient. This interface is injected into HomeViewModel and has a getter method that returns an instance of MedicinesService. The code now creates a Mock<IMyHealthClient> to ensure that when the test is run, the MedicinesService returned in this call is the Mock<MedicinesService>.

    var mockHealthClient = new Mock<IMyHealthClient>();
    mockHealthClient.Setup(h => h.MedicinesService).Returns(mockMedicineService.Object);
  11. Note how the Setup method is used to make sure that any call to the IMyHealthClient.MedicinesService property returns the Mock<MedicinesService>.

    The final piece to arrange is to create a Mock<IMvxMessenger> class. The constructor of the HomeViewModel requires an instance of the IMvxMessenger interface. There is no setup for this mock since there is no need to mock calls on that interface during this particular test. After the call to RetrieveMedecinesAsync, various assertions are made to test the validity of the method.

    Note: It is possible to test if a method on a mock that has been Setup has been called (or how many times it was called, or with what arguments it was called) using the Moq Validate<T> method. It is not necessary for this test.

  12. Right-click the Test_RetrieveMedicines_WhenTwoMeds_InitsCorrectly test in the Test Explorer window and click Debug Selected Test. When the breakpoint is hit in HomeViewModel, press F10 to step over the call to _myHealthClient.MedicinesService.GetMedicinesWithDosesAsync. Then hover over the medicines object to see its value.

    The results of the call to the Mock method

    The results of the call to the Mock method

  13. If you expand the objects, you'll see that they are the objects that were created in the GetMockMedicineService helper method in the test.


By completing this module, you should have:

  • Explored Xamarin Projects in Visual Studio
  • Opened the HealthClinic.Biz Xamarin Solution
  • Created a VSTS Team Project
  • Pushed the Source Code to the VSTS Team Project
  • Run and understood Unit Tests