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.

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    Tying up one loose end and starting another

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    In February 2008 I mentioned some extra functionality built into our "napkin math" system. I sent the details to our technical writers and waited to see how long it would take to get the online help article at http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/onenote...
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    Problems with meetings (not OneNote or even software related!)

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    Even testers need to have meetings now and then, and during my 40% of the week last week, we had two of "those meetings" back to back. In the first meeting, we could not get the overhead projector working with the first tablet we tried. The...
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    The other bug in our test code for spelling

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    Last Thursday I posted some snippets of the code we had been using to automate and verify spell checking had been implemented in OneNote correctly. Before I could check in the code, there was one other bug I needed to verify did not exist, and the code...
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    Fixing a bug in our test code for OneNote

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    As hard as we have been trying to convert our test automation scripts to UI-less automation, every so often we get backed into a corner and need to deal with a dialog which pops open at some point. An example of that is the "Spell Check Complete" dialog...
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    Testers have a different perspective on movies

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    Gary came by the other day and we talked a little about the mentality of testers. He had watched a movie over the weekend and asked his wife about some of the details about what was going on in the background during some of the scenes. Apparently, he...
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    Life in testing: more about meetings

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    Last week I mentioned that about 40% of my time was taken by meetings. That's probably normal for a manager here at Microsoft and I don't see anything unusual about that number. But for a meeting to occur, at least two other items need to be present:...
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    The Most Hilarious Outlook Configuration Utility Ever

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    I had to log into a computer this last weekend for the reserves. I'm used to getting frequent updates for all the software installed on the machine (and believe me, the navy equips their machines with a staggering amount of software) but I was totally...
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    OneNote and Education information available

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    Good news: Mike Tholfsen has started a "OneNote in the Education World" blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/onenote_and_education/ . This is good news on several levels. First, it gives a different view on how to use OneNote to help schools, teachers and...
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    The typical work week in OneNote Test

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    One of my friends was asking me about Microsoft over the weekend and wanted to know what it was "really like" working here. I suggested he read my blog since that is ostensibly the purpose behind it: to show what life is like as a tester here...
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    A test plan for recognizing text in images luckily goes awry

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    I had a plan many months ago to build a photo database of images with text to use to test our OCR (optical character recognition) routines. At the time, I was new to the team and had not seen the testing which was in place, but wanted to add to the repository...
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