Matthew van Eerde's web log
I am a Software Development Engineer in Test working for the Windows Sound team. You can contact me via email: mateer at microsoft dot com
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There is a general pattern in professional people. We start out idealistic and adventurous, and as disasters inevitably accumulate we become more circumspect and pessimistic.
(Pre-emptive snarky response: "you say that like it's a bad thing.")
While pessimism is invaluable to a tester, it should be tempered with a just sense of hubris. Larry Wall's saw about the three virtues of any great programmer has a historical antecedent from one of the canonical American authors:
We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -- and stop there; lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again -- and that is well; but also she will never sit down on a cold one any more. -- Mark Twain, Following the Equator
Keep your childlike optimism.