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  • 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
  • Eric Jarvi

    "QA Podcast"

    Testers out there may find this interesting. QA Labs , a Canadian QA Services company is starting up a series of discussions on QA topics. http://www.qapodcast.com - it's MP3 - they could have called it QAPocketPCCast or QAWindowsMediaPlayerCast but I...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: watch your language when creating unit tests

    Nutshell: In the dialog to generate your unit tests pay close attention to the default language it is going to create the test project in to make sure it is what you are expecting. Monstrosity of verbosity: When creating unit tests (right click on...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Use Team Test to create test lists

    Ran into this the other day, when creating a team build it allows you to associate a test list with a build. If there are no pre-existing test lists, you find yourself in a bit of pickle on Team Developer. You can however use Team Test to create the test...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: Finding Where Things Are

    Can't find the VSTS window or feature you're looking for under the View menu? There are options sprinkled all over the menu in VSTS. First of course make sure you have the TFC client installed right (and in the right order - VS and then TFC), or you won...
  • Eric Jarvi

    How To Break Web Software

    This is not a Microsoft sponsored talk, and the term "webinar" makes me cringe, but it might be worth it for testers in the crowd: "In this Webinar, the primary author of all three books of the "How to break.." series will take you on a journey through...
  • Eric Jarvi

    ICE your cell phone

    http://www.icecontact.com/
  • Eric Jarvi

    static code analysis in the news

    I remember a few years ago at a software quality conference in Portland telling people in the hallway after talks about these cool static code analysis tools we had, but then having to admit they were just internal. Fast forward to today, the news is...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: threshold violations

    Walking my daily gauntlet for you, I was stymied by some seemingly conflicting icons in the load test results viewer: (experimental image hosting on imageshack.us - we'll see how it goes) I expected warning thresholds to be less severe than critical...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: how to write the perfect bug report

    OK, so this is more performance enhancement for the tester brain than it is about wrangling the VSTS bits. So you can start practicing this advice on whatever work item tracking system you are currently using, until you can upgrade to Team System work...
  • Eric Jarvi

    VSTS Tip: install VSTS and then TFC, but if you dont...

    Internal dogfooder reported this tip today: The recommended install sequence is VSTS and then installing the TF client. However if you accidentally install TF client first, and then VSTS, and you don't see the standard TFS menu choices when you open the...
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