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.
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How you can give feedback or report a bug with OneNote
Update - as of October 2012, the web site below is offline. You can email me feedback, criticisms or suggestions while we get a different system up and running. Just use the link in the upper right corner to get in touch with me. --- Every so often, I get an email or report on my blog about a suggestion...
15 Jun 2009
Saying “goodbye to our intern” leads to a reason why a bug did not get fixed in Office 97
Anirudh Saraf is winding up his internship this week. He's been pretty busy while here - diving into the subtleties of Hyper-V , learning how to get machines working on our network domain, moving into Windows Server 2008, learning our automation system and some of the tools we have, getting some of our...
21 Aug 2008
Triaging our "tools" bug list
Last week we took a look at bugs we have opened in the "Tools" branch of our bug database. For OneNote, "tools" is a catchall for a wide range of differing areas: automation bugs, performance work needed, bugs with out test tools (which is probably the most straightforward use of this bucket), automation...
7 Apr 2008
OneNote Powertoys from the PM team, and a one question survey about them
A few astute readers pointed out I (intentionally) missed a few addins the OneNote team finished last year. Here they are: Search and Replace http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/06/23/onenote-search-and-replace.aspx Send to OneNote http://blogs.msdn.com/descapa/archive/2007/02...
18 Jan 2008
Tracking a bug with video and seeing it change into a tip for OneNote users
Gary Neitzke and I both discovered the same "bug" with OneNote last week. We both entered a bug with repro steps (the step by step directions on how to get a bug to occur) like this: Create a new page in any notebook Open the page setup taskbar (via File | Page Setup) Change the Page Body...
7 Jan 2008
Money times money = ?
Over on the OneNote Discussion Group, there is a comment about Napkin Math and its order of operations. In short, some users are noticing that simple formulas like: 1/2*4= shows as "0.125" in OneNote and not "2". Fair enough - it's a bug in OneNote, we are tracking it and hope to have it fixed...
31 Dec 2007
A bug with the powertoy in development
We're polishing the tools I wrote about last time and getting ready to release them next week. The "bug bash" went well. We found some good corner cases to cause some different crashes, got new sets of eyes to provide feedback and generally had a good time. We've been fixing bugs and verifying the fixes...
6 Dec 2007
Sharepoint notebook problems and another hint
One bug report we've been trying to track down has to do with sections from Notebooks on Sharepoint servers getting marked read only. One cause has been isolated, and David Rasmussen has the details here . It involves how your computer is set up to use a proxy server to make an internet connection, and...
29 Nov 2007
I had to relearn the lesson of paying attention to details recently. I was writing some code to work with OneNote's table XML via extensibility, and could not get my code to work correctly. After a couple of days of working on this in my spare time, I was just about ready to give up. I wound up in the...
19 Nov 2007
Brouhaha with verifying my math script during automation week
I tried to get my automation script for payment verification as part of the napkin math area checked in. One of the testers on my team rejected it. Here's why. First, remember the equation I was using: pmt(0.05;36;30000)=1813.033713614259 Ultimately, this is a hard coded string that the...
6 Nov 2007
Logs, Lns and Log10: OneNote gets it right
As I mentioned before, one of the areas of OneNote I took when I came to the team was what we call "Napkin Math." This the ability to type equations like 8-4= And getting a "4" when you press Enter or the spacebar. It also works for basic trigonometric functions like Sin(45)=0.707106781186547...
11 Oct 2007
Make Subpage addin updated, and a Lenovo update
Thanks to a couple of testers (pebuaa and Joe), Jeff Cardon patched his make subpage addin to work in section groups. Update as of 3/12/2009 - the download link is at the end of this blog entry after my signature. I'm marking the next paragraph NA - winisp is no more... A few people have been having...
7 Sep 2007
A good bug report with the Replace the Outlook Sticky Notes folder with OneNote
One of the bugs discovered with the powertoy to start OneNote instead of opening the Outlook sticky notes folder came onto my plate looking like this: Install the addin Start Outlook Open the sticky notes folder Click the folder again Result: 2 instances of OneNote get started...
4 Sep 2007
The story of the bug with merge pages
Theo Buis found a bug in the merge pages powertoy. He lives in the Netherlands and the addin was crashing when he tried to merge pages. Since "owning" these tools is just as important as creating them - we want to respond to bug reports, questions and even feature requests - we started trying to get...
27 Aug 2007
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