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General insights and product information by David R. Williamson, Senior Development Manager

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    Book: Professional Application Lifecycle Management with Visual Studio 2010

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    A new book is out for VS2010 by authors Mickey Gousset, Brian Keller, Ajoy Krishnamoorthy, and Martin Woodward. I was the technical editor for most of Brian Keller’s chapters, though he didn’t need me too much since his content was always spot on anyway...
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    VS2010 Launch Tour

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    I’m going on a whirlwind tour of the south central United States in a couple of weeks. My field partner is setting up a bunch of meetings with user groups and companies. I want to know who I’m meeting with so I’m prepared to speak to them. Many of the...
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    Résumé Audience, part 2

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    The next thing I think prospective employees need to know about how résumés are interpreted is how it is customized for the company. Do some research about the company and specific job you want to which you submit your resume. Look specifically at the...
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    Résumé Audience

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    I’ve been reading a blog called Manager Tools recently based on a recommendation from a colleague. It has me thinking about a part of my job I don’t usually discuss much: interviewing. I’ve spent a lot of time looking over various résumés from people...
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    Where Have I Been?

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    After trying to start up blogging, I failed to make it part of my regular routine. I think I found it hard to come up with topics. Working on a v1 product is fun, but it also means no existing customer base or products to blog about. I think I find it...
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    MSDN Chat - April 9th

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    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss what's new for these editions...
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    Talking To Customers

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    At Microsoft, we have developers and testers. Those two disciplines make up the traditional engineering roles that most companies have. Where we seem to differ the most is in the project management and feature design role. Some companies call them business...
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    Web Test Variables

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    A customer emailed me today with a follow up question. The original question was about web tests recording AJAX-style client side scripting which initiates server queries. In VS2005 we didn't record those requests and our work around was to use Fiddler2...
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    Ellen

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    Have you heard about Mort, Elvis, and Einstein? No, no... I mean in context of Visual Studio. :) We use these 3 personas to help guide feature development. I did a search for these names to see what has already been published. MS employees have already...
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    Customers

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    In the three years I've been working in the Developer Division at Microsoft, I've been impressed with the focus our divisional leaders have placed on customer focus. The benefit to customers is obvious. We're responsive to your concerns and it helps us...
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    Our Scrum Cycle

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    I've mentioned in a previous post about how our team has adopted Scrum and agile methodology... at least in spirit. :) I thought I'd share some of the specifics about how we're running it. This is primarily based on direction from our Engineering Manager...
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    Engineering Lead

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    In the last six months, I've transitioned from a QA Lead to an Engineering Lead position. I'm still a persistent and tenacious driver of quality. Now I get to influence the development process as well. It is a great opportunity for me to optimize development...
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    Trying Scrum

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    Over the last several months, our team has decided to try all this "agile" stuff we keep hearing about. In large part, our new manager is responsible for putting us on this course but many of us were curious with what it would offer and fed up with some...
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    TechEd 2007 sessions posted

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    You can find the 2007 TechEd sessions posted at http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/teamsystem/bb676080.aspx , including my talk on Web and Load testing in VS2008 (codenamed Orcas).
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    Visual Studio Team System Chat – August 1st

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    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Visual...
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    Visual Studio Team System Chat – July 3rd

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    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, Team Editions for Architects, Developers, Database Pros, and Testers. In addition, discuss what's new in the upcoming Orcas...
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    Team System chat

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    Want to chat with members of the development team for Team System? We're holding a chat Wednesday the 6th of September at 10am Pacific. We love to hear from you and answer your questions. Below is the official chat invitation. Cheers, drwill ...
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    The Perfect Bug

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    http://blogs.msdn.com/vstsqualitytools/archive/2005/07/15/439454.aspx
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    Running Tests with Code Coverage

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    I posted in our team blog, with help from Dominic Hopton , about running tests with code coverage. You can view it here .
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    Steps of Rome, San Francisco

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    The first night of my trip to MDC, I took 3 friends to Steps of Rome for dinner. If you've been there, you know that there are two restaurants right next to each other owned (supposedly) by the same people both called Steps of Rome. One is the bar and...
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    Security

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    I saw a news story today about Microsoft software security. There, my first sentence is valid regardless of what date I post this. These days, when can I go a day without seeing a news story about Microsoft software security? For me as a Microsoft...
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    Introduction

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    My name is David R. Williamson and I work at Microsoft in the Visual Studio group working on Enterprise Test Tools. Software testing is my gig because I'm really passionate about software that works. As a software user, I get easily annoyed with bugs...
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