notes and rants

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    Curly brace positioning redux.

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    I can't say I didn't enjoy the conversations around this question - it's just that I only got two comments on my actual question. People that want history can read the previous post - for all others (including any who want to "re-comment"), the question...
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    Quick survey on curly brace positioning

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    I absolutely don't want to get into a debate over whether it is better to put curly braces on their own line or not, but I do have a question on indentation I'd like to throw at the masses (ok - all 7 of you). Generally, the curly brace debate boils down...
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    The Test Test

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    I am always frustrated and somewhat sad when I hear testers whine or complain that they are not treated fairly; or that they are not respected; or that their development peers look down on them. I've been sitting on this post for many months wondering...
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    GUI schmooey

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    I answered a few questions this week about automating GUI tests. One question was about recommendations for GUI automation tools for non-coders, and the other was about how much time to spend on the GUI in an MVC (model-view-controller) application. The...
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    Spaces after sentences

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    I "learned" to type about 25 years ago in high school. The truth is that I went to typing class, but I didn't pay attention much, and I was in a stage where...certain..."chemicals" altered my outlook on school, and in particular that little round ball...
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    My Box is Round

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    Metaphors are cars – I think. There are many metaphors in software, a lot of them are useful, but most break down eventually. In hwtsam (chapter 3 to be exact), I compare creating software with cooking. I’ve mentioned on numerous occasions that ...
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    Odds and Ends

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    It’s been busier than normal for me at Microville recently. My friend (and frequent soccer match viewing partner) James Whittaker ended his 3-year run at Microsoft last week. James still lives locally, and I expect that we’ll continue to collaborate in...
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    “Big names” in software testing (ummm… I mean consulting)?

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    Recently, I was talking to one of Microsoft’s Technical Fellows about senior engineering roles. He talked about the fact that senior engineers should know of the “big names” of the industry in their field, and that he knew of (or directly knew) the most...
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    Too much email

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    I think that we (“we”==my team, Microsoft, and the Industry) waste way too much time “doing” email, and I am amazed how much we tolerate this waste. I interact with a lot of people of various levels of influence, and in my experience, the “typical employee...
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    EDC Follow up

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    Thanks to everyone who attended my talks at edc. I thought the tux hands on labs went very well - I got a lot of great comments and questions. I was especially impressed that at least one attendee came to both sessions! The CE Testing Strategy talk...
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    Jamming on Testing

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    Over the last 15 years, on far too many occasions to count, I've explained to various people how software testing, and software engineering relate to music. I know other testers have made somewhat similar analogies, but I think I have a different take...
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    The value of Manual testing (or…The value of Automated testing)

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    I’m skipping #8 for a minute so I can get to #9. I hope we all agree that it’s silly to take a perfectly find manual test and automate it. It’s also silly to take something that’s highly repetitive and easily automatable and NOT automate it. So, as is...
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    What is Quality?

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    How can such a simple question have so many answers. ISO has an answer, Crosby has an answer, Juran has an answer, Weinberg has an answer, and thousands of others have their own answers or variations on the answer. The problem with most answers is that...
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    Connecting with the community

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    Every once in a while, a strange idea pops into my head. Occasionally, I actually remember the idea for longer than a few moments. Sometimes I am even sitting at a computer - with my blog editor open when this phenomenon occurs. Of course, this isn't...
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    I love my (dying) Audiotron

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    My favorite, hands down, geeky device is my turtle beach audiotron . I have instant access to every single one of my CD's, I can make custom play lists, and the sound quality is fantastic with the optical connection (there's one other huge deal-breaker...
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    DRE

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    I know I'm overdue for a post when Bj starts lapping me on posts. This week, I've been finishing up my presentations for STAR and PSQT (for those who haven't presented at a conference before, presenters are expected to have their presentation complete...
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    Pass, Fail...and other

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    In a perfect world, tests either pass or fail (ok - in a really perfect world, they would all pass). The problem is, that there's a gray area in between pass and fail that has a lot of potential confusion. If a test fails during setup (e.g. configuration...
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    What do senior testers need to know?

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    I tried three or four variations of the word "senior" in the title (and leaving it out) before settling on what you now see (pending any edits). This is something I've been spending a lot of time thinking about lately. The long version of the question...
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    Metrics common sense

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    I still owe you some posts covering my recent metrics presentation, but wanted to pass this along in the meantime. I don’t post links to other blogs often, but I thought this was appropriate – especially to the crowd who thinks that because metrics can...
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    Earn it or Demand it?

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    I was recently talking with a colleague about someone he knows who is currently in a “senior” position at a software company. He mentioned that the person – let’s call him “Tim” was having some problems with his employees. The problem Tim had was that...
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    My top 10 rants of 2007

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    I haven't "ranted" in a while (note blog title), so I thought I'd catch up in one post with the top 10 things that got under my skin in 2007. I have ranted about some of these things before. Others will likely find their way into posts for 2008. There...
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    Niche Professions

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    I have been thinking about “niche” professions – those that only appeal to a relatively small number of people in the world. Often, these professions are looked down upon by those in similar professions – or by those who don’t know much about the profession...
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    Where are we going?

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    I’m depressed this morning. That doesn’t happen often with me – especially when it comes to thoughts about software engineering and software testing. But today, I’m down in the dumps. I’m frustrated, annoyed, tired, and completely lacking luster. Why...
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    Future Test notes

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    Futuretest wrapped up today. I thought my talk went well - it was a bit of a challenge for me to take a huge topic and whittle it down to a 45 minute presentation, but I did it and managed to make all of the points I had planned. Joel Spolsky spoke...
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    Test Estimation

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    I just read a post from Shrini on test estimation , and it triggered a thought that was tangential enough that I thought it made sense to try to capture it here rather than as a reply to Shrini. Numerous writings exist on estimation for programmers...
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