OneNote Testing

What it is like to be a tester on the Microsoft OneNote team and day to day life as an SDET in Office. Plus a few tips for using OneNote and an occasional powertoy.

March, 2011

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    OneNote Onesies

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    We had reason to give out two of these today to a couple of people that will have needs for these in the near future: They are not onesies - they are OneNote-sies. Heh. Everyone in the test team is sick of hearing that joke by now. A nice little break...
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    A stylus blew up

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    I've had (more than?) my fair share of hardware problems, but this one is new. One of the testers on the team had a stylus for his tablet blow apart on him: It was actually kind of interesting. The little inductor was connected to the eraser end of the...
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    Some test planning is happening over the next few weeks

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    One of the major tasks our test team faces is creating test tools, automation and processes to ensure we are testing OneNote effectively. Our next steps will be done over the next couple of weeks, and here is a broad summary of what we will do: 1. Define...
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    Taking a break from testing OneNote as we get to spring

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    Yesterday, Ricky and I took a short break from testing. We ran in the Mercer Island Half Marathon. Mercer Island, for non-Seattleites, is an island in Lake Washington. The road around the shore of the island is almost exactly 13.1 miles, the length of...
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    I just got teased for using a pencil and paper instead of OneNote

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    I just got caught using a pencil and paper to write comments all over a document one of our program managers created (one of the roles of test is to comment on the feature specification long before coding commences). Anyhow, I had printed the document...
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    Getting hot in the OneNote hallway

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    One of the offices we had occupied is getting converted into 2 new offices. The construction work started this week and will take about a month or so. In the meantime, this caused us a little bit of pain with assigning offices for testers. Two of our...
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    PCR: Saying goodbye to an old tablet

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    Machines often get replaced around here. Sometimes the old machines get reused - maybe it gets handed to someone who needs a second machine or gets put in a lab and used to run automation. When it is so old that no one wants it any longer, we send it...
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    A treeview control for OneNote 2007

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    While cleaning out my email a short while ago, I found a tree view control for OneNote 2007 I had built as its own standalone project. This is the same control I use in the text importer and other tools. I had forgotten I had it as its own project and...
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    A silly hallway conversation reminds me about boundary cases

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    Dan Escapa , Gary and I were having a hallway conversation about some obscure thing and somehow the phrase " to be or not to be" came up. I don’t know why I thought of this, but I saw it as a hexadecimal boolean logic question (computer geeks, I...
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