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  • Eric Jarvi

    Test Patterns

    Encouraging to see more thought and effort being put into software test patterns. Alan Page recently posted on this topic over at the MS Press Blog .
  • Eric Jarvi

    Iterative XML Tree Traversal

    Here's a C# code snippet for iterative tree traversal of elements in an XML document using XPathNavigator that takes advantage of parent pointers. [ download source ] test.xml 1 <? xml version = " 1.0 " encoding = " UTF-8 " standalone = "...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Risk Management

    My first article on the topic of security testing and risk management is now published in the March 2009 issue of Testing Experience magazine, pages 28-30. http://www.testingexperience.com/subscribe.php (free online subscription takes you to PDF download...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Office Security Team

    The Office security team typically targets memory-corruption bugs in the software like buffer overruns, integer overruns, and format strings... http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=159305
  • Eric Jarvi

    Binary File Formats

    "posting nearly 5,000 pages of new technical documentation for the Microsoft Office binary file formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint" Press release: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/jun08/06-30InteropUpdatePR.mspx Technical specs...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Traction

    Some ideas on how to "get traction" as a software tester (especially at Microsoft): http://blogs.msdn.com/dustin_andrews/archive/2007/12/15/learn-to-get-traction-in-your-team.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Web Access Power Tool

    Now with linkable web pages! http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/11/30/vsts-web-access-power-tool-for-team-system-2008-released.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    Security & Perf Videos

    J.D. Meier has posted a decent index of videos covering performance testing, ASP.NET 2.0, and VSTS: http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2007/11/22/videos-security-performance-testing-and-visual-studio-team-system.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    Silverlight on Linux

    Something I will definitely be keeping my eyes on. Stuff like this tells me we've come a LONG way since the 1990's ... "After a great deal of work between the Moonlight and .NET teams, we’re ready to formally announce that we (Microsoft and Novell...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Team System Web Access Power Tool

    Details on Brian Harry's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/07/30/team-system-web-access-power-tool-available.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    Dynamic [Language Runtime | Type System]

    Port 25 is running video on what they're calling "dynamic language runtime" with some innovative type system implementations at the core. "big trick is deferred compilation ... looks a lot like linq expression trees ... backend can decide on different...
  • Eric Jarvi

    driving data driven unit tests with text files

    A few weeks ago I was looking for a simple way to do data driven unit tests on VS 2005 using a plain text file with one entry per line as the data source. I waded through documentation and forum posts using every search trick I know to find a solution...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Patterns & Practices Security Videos

    "Click Here" http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2007/03/24/patterns-practices-security-videos.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    EWeek: "Microsoft Plays to All Developers"

    Here's an article that catches a glimpse into what makes us tick over here: http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2106952,00.asp "We want to focus on how software development might change over the next 10 years," Kass said. "And as corny as this sounds...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset

    In today's diagnostics news... Just got email announcing the Winternals RTM of version 5.0 of the Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset available to client SA customers via the "Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack" --- http://www.windowsvista.com/optimizeddesktop
  • Eric Jarvi

    Debugging ASP.NET AJAX

    Wouldn't it be nice to be able to debug AJAX from the comfort of the IDE? Gonzo stuff like setting a breakpoint inside of some script that'll get hit client-side? We're getting there, and could use feedback. Noah has a great post on this with screenshots...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Visual Studio 2005 Profiler Documentation

    If you're looking for MSDN documentation on the Visual Studio 2005 Profiler, here's the main starting point: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/z9z62c29(VS.80).aspx I just realized this page doesn't actually have the word "profiler" anywhere...
  • Eric Jarvi

    TFS Power Tools Video

    "Ed Hintz, development lead on the Team Foundation Server team, gave us a demo of the newly released Team Foundation Server Power Tools v1.2 . Ed demonstrates a new tool for monitoring the status and uptime of Team Foundation Server as well as a new...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Fixing "Service Unavailable" After TFS Installation

    Just in case anyone else out there hits this issue. A friend called me yesterday asking for help troubleshooting a TFS installation problem. After installing TFS and "doing everything right" he still got 503 Service Unavailable messages. I logged in and...
  • Eric Jarvi

    SourceSafe on Vista

    If you're a SourceSafe on Vista type of person, here's some current information from Richard Berg to be aware of -- Part 1: http://blogs.msdn.com/richardb/archive/2007/01/23/clarifying-sourcesafe-support-on-vista.aspx Part 2: http://blogs.msdn.com...
  • Eric Jarvi

    Command Arguments Lost and Reset (VC and Perforce)

    I just got this email followup on newsgroup post from years ago related to command arguments getting lost and reset in VC with perforce. May be of use to someone in the future, so posting here... (name removed for privacy) Question (from user): ...
  • Eric Jarvi

    powershell

    Port 25 has some video up to coincide with the powershell (monad) release: http://port25.technet.com/archive/2006/11/14/powershell-released-an-interview-with-architect-jeffrey-snover.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    photosynth

    Cool project of the day: " Photosynth takes a large collection of photos of a place or object, analyzes them for similarities, and displays them in a reconstructed 3-Dimensional space." http://labs.live.com/photosynth/default.html
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTA released

    If you're into app customization --- "Visual Studio Tools for Applications (VSTA) was released as an integrated component of the 2007 Office system earlier this week and is now available to both Office developers and ISVs!" http://msdn.microsoft...
  • Eric Jarvi

    protest: the tester's box

    [ protest ] First off, business reality dictates that as unique and individual as we all are, for someone in every company (let's pick someone in HR), the job of a tester boils down to a black box. Job descriptions often read like a "spec" of what...
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