• Madness to my Methods

    Developing in Avalon

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    I'm pretty interested in using the new UI tools available in Windows Presentation Foundation (aka WPF or code name "Avalon"). I haven't done a lot yet, but have dipped the proverbial toe in the water and written some code and Xaml. References Book In...
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    Back to blogging

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    I've always been hesitent to blog, didn't feel like I had much to say. I started this back in September to see how it would go. Well, I started out OK, but then didn't really take to it. But I'm back now and will try again. I'll again mostly stick to...
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    Something on VS

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    Looking at the blog - it appears that I haven't done much posting (like zero!) regarding Visual Studio. So I'll just throw stuff out there and see what sticks. I'm sure a lot of this has been covered elsewhere, oh well. I'm not by nature a complainer...
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    Holidays and work

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    I slipped in my commitments to doing at least one entry a week. I didn't just skip one week, but 2 and I almost was going to miss this week as well. Here come the excuses - holiday and weather. <Side rant> Around here, people freak when it snows...
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    Vista ships

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    Yay - now I get to upgrade my machines to a non-expiring version (another downside to dogfooding...). But I rebuild machines at the longest every 6 months anyway. Testing on Vista (Longhorn) has been tougher than on some other OSs. When XP was about...
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    The Test Plan

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    So here's the 2nd post of the day/week. The test plan - worth the effort? As with anything, it depends if it's useful - used. There are lots of good articles out there and I'll provide links as needed. So what goes into a test plan? I like Janet Gregory...
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    Misc musings

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    Today is double treat day! I'll do TWO postings - one (this one) is just some thoughts I felt like sharing. The other will be on something near and dear to testers' hearts - the test plan. Since I normally try to make my entries relevant, I'm splitting...
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    Dog fooding or Hair of the Dog...

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    Dog fooding or using not finished software to provide testing for the product is a regular occurrence here at MS. Especially for server apps, where else can the company get this sort of real-life testing (especially for scalability)? Some of the benefits...
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    Bug bashes, worth the time or time waster?

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    Ah bug bashes. A fact of life in the world of QA and software engineering. Personally, I have a love/hate relationship with them. My feelings all depend on what else is going on at the time, what the subject of the bug bash is, who's running it, how it...
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    What's on your Bookshelf?

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    I thought it might be interesting to discuss what is on a software engineer's bookshelf. So I look up at my shelf and see several books and thought I'd share what I have and what I actually use. Note: there may be more updated versions of these, I'm doing...
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    Avalon - Book Recommendation

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    Petzold strikes again. I just got my hands on Charles Petzold's new book, Applications = Code + Markup (MSPress). So far, it does a great job of explaining how to use Windows Presentation Foundation (code name Avalon). The book is divided into 2 parts...
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    To Scrum or not to Scrum

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    Up until a couple of years ago, I had never heard the word scrum. Now it is everywhere, even on the news - instead of talking about a group or mob, they talk about a scrum. I find it pretty funny. Scrum for software projects has become quite popular as...
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    Not part II Yet, so let's talk acceptance

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    I thought we would be farther along in our goal of defining test categories for our group, but best laid plans... And I normally like to do an entry on Tuesdays, but I'm taking a class 1/2 days this week, so here we are on Wed. So I'll talk about another...
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    Defining Test Categories Part 1

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    This is rather an uber discussion of some of the various concepts I've listed in the first post to try and cover. Categorizing tests is answering questions like what is an integration test, what is a unit test, what is a <fill in the blank> test...
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    Wow - the first post

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    I feel like there should be trumpets or something. The first post. Wonder where this will all lead. I'll put something in the news section - about me personally, as much as is relevant that is. So on talk about something useful, relevant: Testing , so...
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