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Anutthara Bharadwaj's notes on software development, Visual Studio and other random stuff

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  • Blog Post: So long!

    When I had just joined Microsoft, as a video game obsessed college kid, I was trying to figure out the “point of the game” here at work. At first, I decided the point of the game was to write code. Didn’t matter how useful it was, it was cool to write lots of code. Then, when my testers...
  • Blog Post: Cheat sheet : Submitting an entry to a software testing conference

    Recently, I have been spending time reviewing papers submitted to two of the biggest software testing conferences in India – QAI’s Software Testing Conference and the Step In Summit 2012 . It is very refreshing to talk to young talent across the industry and hear their new ideas and perspectives...
  • Blog Post: Getting Results the Agile Way

    Cliched, but true : the thing I love the most about Microsoft is the chance to work with some of the smartest people around! One such guy is J.D. Meier , GPM at P&P in Microsoft by day, and amazing life-coach by night (well, in non-working-hours J )running Sources of Insight , a treasure trove of...
  • Blog Post: My top 3 favorite features of Outlook in Office 2010

    Well – the tech preview for Office 2010 is now public – and I am bursting to tell you guys my favorite features of Outlook in Office 14. Being a Microsoftie, I practically live in Outlook…and Outlook 14 has some pretty nifty improvements that I absolutely loved! Here are my personal favorites: ...
  • Blog Post: My favorite engineering practice at Microsoft

    Here at MSFT, specifically at DevDiv, we have specific testing categories called "Exit Criteria" - basically gates that you need to pass through in order to ship a release at any milestone. These criteria represent different flavors of testing that your product has to go through in order to be pronounced...
  • Blog Post: Odds and ends

    So, we've been heads down building the latest Rosario CTP of VSTT for you guys. Some good new stuff heading your way... more details when we release it ;-) Meanwhile, like you must be knowing already, Orcas is on it's way to RTM . VSTT has some great stuff lined up on the load testing side - do check...
  • Blog Post: Uh oh, manual testing is no longer manual?

    Well known test consultant James Bach has now coined a new term for manual testing - it's called sapient testing . Well, the part of manual testing that is not drudgery is called sapient testing at least. James makes a great point about how manual testing is actually a composite set of actions that can...
  • Blog Post: I love Windows Live Writer!

    OMG! This has got to be the best blog writer tool I have ever seen! Forgive my drooling...but Live writer has just enchanted me with it's great features. The setup is a ZERO hassle process akin to the marvelous setup experiences I've had with Outlook 2007. The rich editing and inline spell check features...
  • Blog Post: Who said taking screenshots was easy?

    Continuing the manual test thread that I started last week, here is a pain point that I experienced first hand while doing a bout of manual testing during a bug bash yesterday. When I file a bug, I need to attach an image to the bug to elucidate the erring scenario. Each time I had to take a screenshot...
  • Blog Post: Estimate, guesstimate, pest-i-mate

    You are sitting in your office peacefully looking at the newly written specs for v1.1 of your product. You poke around at some code for that tool you always wanted to write - but the ship pressures didn't let you. As you glance at your inbox, there is an innocuous looking mail from your test manager...
  • Blog Post: Starbucks coffee shop finder? Make me a chaat compass please...

    Raman Sarin has built a device that points to the nearest Starbucks coffee shop from any given location that was showcased in the latest Microsoft TechFest. It is a small wooden box with a compass at the centre that points in the direction of the closest Starbucks coffee centre guided by a database that...
  • Blog Post: A new outlook on Outlook 12

    Outlook 12 has fulfilled a few wishes off my Office features wish list! First, the To-Do bar is so obviously simple yet so handy. For the first time in my life, I seem to have started using the tasks pane as it was meant to be used! Of course the more advanced or regular users of tasks in Outlook seem...
  • Blog Post: How to do all the wrong jobs and still be a VP

    Lisa Brummel did a key note at the women's conference 2006 here at Redmond. She listed 3 points characterizing her long career at Microsoft - 2 interesting ones being taking the non traditional roles and being broadly networked. She also added that by non traditional roles she meant that was always taking...
  • Blog Post: When Bill Gates wrote the release floppies...

    Yesterday, I happened to attend a talk by Lori Brownell on "Leading at Microsoft". Lori has been at Microsoft for over 18 years and shared some of her experiences working in the company. Clearly, the most fascinating story was of an event that happened several years ago when she was new to the company...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Deep dive training session

    Dinesh asked me to support training at a deep dive VSTS last week and I readily agreed. I really can't pass an oppurtunity to see how people use our product and hear their feedback. The training was in Bangalore and I have lived in Bangalore for 21 years and visiting home always feels so good :) Chris...
  • Blog Post: My first web chat session

    I just finished my web chat session. We had nearly 50 qs asked in an hour or so. I must say it brought back memories of exams... As I went to the conf room with a borrowed laptop, I was nervous. Ok - I was a little more than nervous - bordering on jittery you can say. At least I was before time -...
  • Blog Post: I have an internationalization web chat tomorrow

    at http://www.microsoft.com/india/msdn/chat/default.aspx Join the chat if you want to know about what internationalization is all about and how you can develop your apps for everyone around the world. :)
  • Blog Post: Hanuman - the original superhero

    Last week, I was out at the movies to watch Hanuman , the new animation movie by Sahara One. Having seen Goblet of Fire FDFS(1st day 1st show), I wanted to watch it again. When I landed at the theatre, I was in a dilemma since tickets to GoF were available! Those who know what booking at Prasad's is...
  • Blog Post: Our team is on Channel 9!

    Check out http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=143589 to see the team building Team Build! There's a short demo of Team Build that I gave along with Abhinaba We also got most of our team members on tape. Do take a look at the video - I even cleaned up my cube to give an illusion of neatness...
  • Blog Post: I am back!

    Hi! After a looooong break, I am back again. So what kept me so long.....first, we had to ship beta 3 of VSTS in September. That meant the entire test team was heads down in a 4 week full test pass to ensure we run our entire colossal set of tests against the product. Second, as many of you might be...
  • Blog Post: Hi!

    Hi! I am Anu, a developer in the Team Build team, that is a part of the growingly popular Visual Studio Team System. This is my opening blog entry and I intend to share my thoughts about my product, my team and about other general software development and testing practices in my coming blogs. So,...
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