August, 2005

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  • Eric Jarvi

    VS Powertoys Blog

    This is worth checking out if you haven't seen it yet: http://blogs.msdn.com/powertoys/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Osellus integration with VSTS

    Came across this today and it seemed interesting. Video from Osellus on "Enacting IBM Rational Unified Process (RUP®) in Visual Studio Team System" http://www.osellus.com/solutions/microsoft/rup-vsts/
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Profiling Like a Pro

    I had the chance to watch a first time profiler user go through a profiling scenario this morning. We got everything humming but there was a learning curve and some less than helpful error messages along the way. Here are the takeaways: Permissions...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: "save your receipts" from the team project creation wizard

    There is some key information that needs to be passed to team members who want to start using a team project. Namely the TFS server machine name and also the team project name. You can get all of this information and more in the text field summary pane...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: generating unit tests against ASP.NET 2.0 App_Code

    Disclaimer applies, if you have better suggestions please leave comments. One of the unit test features is the capability to automatically generate unit tests for ASP.NET 2.0 code inside the App_Code folder. In my experience this is one of those areas...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VoiceComments //make your code speak out

    One of my ISV buddies is looking for beta testers for a new voice commenting system they are developing. The idea being you can attach a microphone and then leave a voice comment describing your code with a special comment tag totally integrated inside...
  • Eric Jarvi

    [adv] Fix That Darn Computer Services

    This is probably spam for most of you but it's more of a public service announcement for anyone like me living near Microsoft. If you want someone to refer your friends, neighbors, family, to when they have computer problems so you don't have to fix them...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Soma's "Visual Studio 2005 update"

    Soma officially announced the logistics of Visual Studio 2005 + Team Foundation Server scheduling this morning: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar/archive/2005/08/22/451026.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    adding and removing icons from the "Send To" menu

    One of my ISV buddies needed to help a customer declutter the "Send To" menu, here's how: http://www.annoyances.org/exec/show/article05-404
  • Eric Jarvi

    show and tell at PDC

    Show Off is an evening event held at the PDC where you can show off your application, tip, tool, technique, animation, or anything cool that can help or inspire other developers. http://channel9.msdn.com/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=102337
  • Eric Jarvi

    screen video captures with windows media encoder

    More testing advice. Sometimes you hit a bug you know is going to be hard for the dev to repro, and more to the point, you know ahead of time that when you do find a bug it is going to be terribly difficult to repro it. If you value your relationship...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: on database design and custom work items

    On our internal dogfood work item system I have had an interesting experience these last few days. A custom work item type we have has grown into a situation where we are sticking aggregated information into the comment string field of the links tab instead...
  • Eric Jarvi

    escaping from low bug counts

    Daisy presents a persuasive argument for focusing on test coverage discussions when bug counts are low: http://quality-assurance-software-testing.blogspot.com/2005/08/bug-count-vs-test-coverage.html
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: watch for breaking namespace changes in the July CTP

    Ch-ch-ch-changes... I thought this was old news but the parallax effect of July CTP users trickling in makes me think this may be something you are wondering about. This is just a note to the VSTS power users on CTP bits, if that's not you, you can disregard...
  • Eric Jarvi

    blow your puny little multimon mind

    Multimonitor machine, hosting two virtual PC's with one virtual PC multi-monitored into the other virtual PC. Don't say I'm not looking out for you. These are stories the mainstream media absolutely refuse to carry! http://blogs.msdn.com/virtual_pc_guy...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: chat directly with the team

    there's a chance to chat directly with the VSTS test team going on right now if you're online http://blogs.msdn.com/robcaron/archive/2005/08/17/452716.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    job title humor

    I got a chuckle out of this quote today: "In the world of software, Web designers are called programmers. Programmers are called engineers. Engineers are called architects. And architects never get called!" - Alan Cooper
  • Eric Jarvi

    the amazing live honey monkeys

    Security researchers have all the fun. This paper describes how the Strider HoneyMonkey Exploit Detection system uses active client honeypots (AKA "honey monkeys") to find web sites that exploit browser vulnerabilities. ftp://ftp.research.microsoft...
  • Eric Jarvi

    testingreflections.com

    An old friend sent me a new testing link by email today, looks like a community site for software testers. For anyone looking to start a software testing blog on the cheap their "free registration, free blog" offer might be worth looking into: http...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: the vocabulary of CTP, Beta, RC, RTM

    There is probably some official page somewhere that defines these terms better. But since I toss them around around all the time, I probably owe it to some readers to explain what they mean. Here goes, from least to greatest: CTP - community technology...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: creating new test projects on the July CTP

    If you want to create new test projects on the July CTP you will need to apply this fix: http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=69609
  • Eric Jarvi

    ++number_of_profiler_bloggers;

    Give a welcome to John Lyon-Smith who just joined our team by subscribing to his blog! First post - counting bits: http://blogs.msdn.com/johnls/archive/2005/08/09/449655.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    beta testing migration to ASP.NET 2.0

    ScottGu is looking for help smoothing out any bugs in the ASP.NET 2.0 migration wizard: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2005/08/07/421827.aspx
  • Eric Jarvi

    "Best Practices" considered harmful?

    James Bach asks us to give up the idea of "Best Practice" ( http://blackbox.cs.fit.edu/blog/james/archives/000187.html ), claims it is something that cheapens our craft, and I find myself agreeing. Maybe software testers can replace the idea of "best...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: profiling windows services

    If you want to run the performance profiler on your managed windows services, this is a must read: http://blogs.msdn.com/angryrichard/articles/Profiling_Windows_Services.aspx
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