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  • 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: Industrial Strength Exploratory Testing - part 4

    Continuing from the previous post , here is our last myth: Myth 3: Bugs found through exploratory testing are hard to reproduce Testers have to remember exactly what steps they did and note it down in detail when they find a defect. The stated problem is that with no pre-scripted steps in exploratory...
  • Blog Post: UI automation for Silverlight apps now available in feature pack 2 for VS 2010

    Visual Studio 2010 Feature Pack 2 is now available to MSDN subscribers. The feature pack contains some much awaited bits with which you can: Use Microsoft Test Manager to capture and playback action recordings for Silverlight 4 applications. Create coded UI tests for Silverlight 4 applications with Visual...
  • Blog Post: Hey – who’s the tester anyway?

    When I talk to customers about using test tools, often enough, there are widely varying expectations on what the tool needs to do. Predictably, the generalist testers want a simple, easy to use tool that lets them write and run test cases manually, the automation engineers want all that plus a tool that...
  • Blog Post: Latest trends in software testing

    Check out this article in ITMagz.com that covers the latest trends in software testing. This is written by our very own industry expert, Tanuj Vohra that runs the Program Management team for VSTT. Virtualization testing is something that has taken off pretty well lately - and we have been using it...
  • 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: Rosario is here!

    If you still(!!!) haven't heard , Rosario CTP is out in the form of a VPC here :) Doug's whitepaper should give you enough info to take it out for a spin. Manual Test Runner(MTR) is a key part of the CTP. It is a tool designed to help manual testers to load up their test plans and execute those with...
  • Blog Post: But will the dog eat the dog food?

    Since I am a tester on the Test edition of VSTS - I get this q a lot of times: "Do you use VSTST for testing VSTST?" And the answer is "You bet, I do!" :) As you might know already, this is called " Dogfooding ". Many Microsoft products are dogfooded extensively before release - Vista, MSN Search, Visual...
  • 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: Team System how-to videos up on asp.net

    There are some really sweet videos over on the asp.net site to help kick start users of VSTS. The videos are typically 8-10 minutes long and to-the-point. Very useful for those that are looking for quick starters or help with a specific scenario. Personally, I love these kind of videos as compared to...
  • Blog Post: Could I video-record your bug, please?

    Have you ever video recorded your desktop while executing a test case and attached the video as a repro in your bug to the dev? I haven't. I agree it sounds cool to be able to do it, but in 4 years of testing, I have never seen anyone do it either. Most people I talk to think it's cool and proffer possible...
  • 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: Manual testing - where art thou?

    Back after a long time. I've been reading an assorted mix of testing related blogs and articles on the web lately and I've had a chance to go through some very interesting ones. One common observation that I have made though is that there are very few articles that pertain to manual testing in specific;...
  • Blog Post: How do I write a test spec?

    Jeke Green asks me via the Email link "Hi Anutthara, I enjoyed reading your Spec Reviews for world class testers post and esp liked the world class testers part :-) I am new to testing and want to understand how to write a "world class" test plan firstly. Is there any resource that you would recommend...
  • 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: Spec reviews for world class testers

    Hi - I have created a new category called Testing in my blog to track all my testing related posts, of which I am going to post in plenty, you bet! We are sooooo close to shipping, that I can almost see it around the corner. That motivated me to get my butt going on putting together a presentation on...
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