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  • Blog Post: F# Scripting Zen – Bulk Updating Testcases

    As the F# team is busy working to finish up Visual Studio 2010 , one task left to complete is to localize the compiler, so that on a Japanese machine the error messages will be in Japanese. While I’m sure a few Ugly American Programmers might question the value of localized error messages, imagine...
  • Blog Post: Shameless plug - we're hiring!

    As Don and Brian have mentioned, we are working towards an April Update to the F# research release as well CTP this summer and eventually integrating into the next release of Visual Studio. Things are going great on the polishing/finalizing F# front, but truth be told we would like to add more features...
  • Blog Post: Notes on stable automation

    In this post I'd like to touch on the subject of Automation Stability , which is crucial for any quality testbed. What sort of stability are we after? Simply to reduce the number of incomplete test results you get due to testcase crashes, UI timing issues, or other non-failures etc. More generally: when...
  • Blog Post: Improving current approaches of testing

    A while ago I said that a professional tester should split his or her time to testing the product and thinking about how to improve upon the current approaches for testing. Now that Orcas Beta1 is out the emphasis for many testers is on running and re-running all of there automated tests to ensure that...
  • Blog Post: Career development for the professional tester

    Currently at Microsoft we are well into the Mid-Year Career Discussion, which for me at least has been a bit of a daunting challenge. While a career discussion for more established disciplines, namely developers, is pretty simple. It is difficult to articulate how you can advance in your career if there...
  • Blog Post: How do I become a VP in five years and retire in 10?

    Today was day two of the Microsoft Engineering Excellence and Trustworthy Computing Forum , which is a rather verbose way of saying an all-day conference for Microsoft employees to discuss changes in the field. I went to two sessions today, Communicating for Success and Why don't more Vice Presidents...
  • Blog Post: What makes a good tester

    This week was exciting, as this Monday a new person joined the Visual Studio Indigo Designer QA team - Jeff Hua . Other than being a smart and funny guy, what makes him special is that he lives and works in Shanghai , China . While he is ramping up on testing at Microsoft and getting a feel for...
  • Blog Post: Bootstrapper SDK Released!

    Sorry for the lack of updates recently, I am still in the process of handing off my Bootstrapper 'stuff' to the new owner, David Guyer. David's a great guy and you can see him trolling around the MSDN forums for ClickOnce and deployment projects at: http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID...
  • Blog Post: Test Driven Development and VSTS

    I am involved in an 'experiment' of sorts here in the Developer Division at Microsoft, Mike Sampson and I have teamed up to see what the MSF Agile development process would like like on the Deployment Team. This serves as a data gathering mission for how we should structure SDE and SDET work here at...
  • Blog Post: Summary results file for VSTS Generic Tests

    So I am using Visual Studio Team System for prototyping some new Orcas features and am just loving it. What I would to do today is share some code I used to generate a 'Summary results file'. When a VSTS Generic Test has completed, VS looks for an optional XML file to display a test summary. There...
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