scooblog by josh ledgard

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March, 2004

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    Help Shape the VS PowerToys 2.0 Site

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    I've formed a virtual team inside Microsoft whose mission is to shape the future of the Visual Studio PowerToys site. Since this site was created for customers we figured we might as well involve customers in the design of the PowerToys 2.0 site. Consider...
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    PowerToys 2.0 Site Priorities Draft

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    Today I took a stab at creating a prioritized feature list for the 2.0 version of the site. If I missed something or you think I have the ranking wrong let me know. Note: It is not a goal of ours to provide a tool upload mechanism. Tool downloads...
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    The Chicken or the Egg?

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    Alex left a good comment in my post that responded to his original assertion that .Net coders code for money more so than they code for “the love”. His points have made me a bit curious. So I did some digging. First I looked at Sourceforge...
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    Rebuilding Customer Connections One Person at a Time

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    Having recently joined a team focused on Developer Division community participation and product integration I thought it would be a good exercise for me to look at recent history and in-roads made in this space over the last four years since I joined...
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    Newsgroups, Web Forums, and ???

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    I recently attended a recent Microsoft Research talk on the subject of the Microsoft public newsgroups. This was put on by the people behind Netscan . I must admit I’ve never liked NNTP newsgroups. I don’t like the anonymity , posting rich...
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    NUNIT and Code Coverage Usage

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    Two topics I’d been asked to cover were tackled today. Gunnar explains “How to Shoot Yourself in the Foot With Code Coverage ”. Some choice quotes that I have also found to be truisms: To efficiently use any of this a time...
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    Truth in Advertising (The Good and the Bad)

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    I believe most people have a love/hate relationship with the ads that they are barraged with. Having an Ultimate TV device means I’m not always up on the latest in advertising. For the most part I now live my life in blissful ad free ignorance....
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    What should be on your Start Page?

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    In the grand Microsoft tradition of “if you complain about or suggest something you own it” I’ve been asked to organize actual updates to the VS 2002 and 2003 start page. We have the ability to prop new content to the “What’s...
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    More Information on VS 2005 Community Tech Previews

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    Dan seems to have started the information flow and now I’ve received IMs from at least four people asking me some questions on the subject. So, in the interest of heading some questions off I decided it would be better for me to ask for forgiveness...
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    Software that Fixes my Contact List Problem?

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    At last count I have at least 12 separate contact lists. There is one list each for Outlook, AIM, MSN Messenger, private Exchange IM, Orkut, Hotmail, MSN Groups, GotDotNet Workspaces, my blogroll, Outlook Express, my banks billpay services, and even my...
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    Software Testing: The GUI Part 1

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    I've been asked to talk a bit about UI testing. Keep in mind that none of my testing posts are meant to be a complete comprehensive guide on the subject at hand. My goal is simply that everyone reading walks away with a useful idea. You want...
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    Describing the SDE Role

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    Over at jobsblog they took their first stab at describing the different job roles at Microsoft. They started with the SDE . Here is my .03 on their post. They missed the career choice that involved simply continuing to focus on code over time...
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    Feedback Request: Whidbey Help Toolbar and Screen Resolution

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    After helping Scott fix his images I can now point you to his requests for feedback on the Whidbey Help Toolbar and Screen Resolution . It's funny that the toolbar doesn't even have Dynamic Help listed but the user hatred lingers. If my vote counts, and...
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    Meet me @ the MVP Summit

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    I'm planning on spending as much time at the MVP summit next week as time will allow. I won't presume to have a fan base rushing to meet me as if I were Don Box or even my wife , who will also be attending several of the events. But I will be there chatting...
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    Exciting Times

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    The KDE Quality Team was covered on Slashdot today. Maybe working in a test org makes me biased, but this is a great concept for the open source world, and one of the missing links for OSS IMO. Some of the tasks, like writing documentation, may fall out...
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    Translating the Microsoft TLAs

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    Sven pointed out in my last post that while he enjoyed my postings he had problems with all of the TLAs that I have been taking for granted. Thankfully, .TEXT has the perfect solution for this. I created “keywords” that will automatically...
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    Joining the Dark Side of Program Management

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    I’ve “joined the Dark Side”, as my more technical friends would say, and decided to become a Program Manager . After spending four years as an SDET and then SDET Lead working on Visual Studio IDE features, I’ve decided it was time...
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    Talent Scouts Blogging!

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    Scoble is so fast I can’t even beat him to a post when I have advance warning from a family member. My wife Gretchen , who works as a recruiter, has recently been working on several cool projects designed to “increase the talent pool”...
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    Will Longhorn People and Groups solve my Problems?

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    Dan has a great post that points to information explaining how people and contact lists will be 1st class objects in Longhorn. These API's could be used by ISVs who want to party on your one list. Of course, the number of people that actually take advantage...
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    The Egg Hasn’t Hatched Yet???

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    From AT , in my comments , came another interesting look at the project language numbers on sourceforge… Using filters on SF.NET (it allow to select projects based on multiple criteria) I've what: Stage...... Java C# Java/C# Ratio Planning...
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    Happy Birthday "Shout out" to Sara at CSUN

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    Sara has been missing out on our full test pass to participate in the CSUN conference down in LA and hang out with famous people. She has allready posted some good content on the conference and should be posting some more soon. Stop by her blogspace and...
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    Mandatory Reading for People Reporting Bugs (Even in Newsgroups!)

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    Having spent the last two years in my previous role of Test Lead in a LOT of triage meetings I found this post to be both hilarious and educational for people opening bugs. If everyone would do the opposite of the recommendations listed there when opening...
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    Some Great VS 2003 Tips

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    If you haven’t already been reading them you should subscribe to Shaykatc’s series of useful tips for VS 2003 . I would suggest everyone with a large project in VS leverage this option.
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    Scott and the "Help Experience"

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    Scott Swanson just started a blog. He is the PM who is orchestrating the “Help Experience” for Whidbey. Having been partially involved as the SDET lead on the project I can confirm that Scott does not have an easy job. I'm sure he'd be happy...
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    100th Post and a Tablet PC Update

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    It you have a Table PC I strongly encourage you to download sp2 RC1 for windows XP. It actually installs the Tablet 2004 version of XP and I was actually able to write this post with it. I may actually use my Toshiba in Tablet mode again! The floating...
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