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    Stuffing My Brain, Part 03

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    Scott Meyers . A standing room only crowd. Scott Meyers. Eight hours of Scott Meyers. Fun! Scott's all-day tutorial was titled "Better Software -- No Matter What". To summarize in a single sentence: quality is important. No surprise, right? The reason...
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    Stuffing My Brain, Part 03 [Prologue]

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    Today I'm attempting an all-day tutorial: Better Software -- No Matter What. Speaking is Scott Meyers , author of the classic Effective C++ book series . Scott is always entertaining and never pulls his punches, so this should be a fun day. Unfortunately...
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    SD From Not Me

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    By the bye, the official SD blog is at http://sdexpo.blogspot.com/ . I'm cross-posting there, but for every session I go to there are ten-plus more I had to decide weren't quite as interesting, so there is lots more there for your virtual head-stuffing...
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    Stuffing My Brain, Part 02

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    This afternoon was a half-day tutorial on exploratory testing. Elisabeth Hendrickson gave an engaging talk - complete with in-class exploratory testing - that presented four techniques for doing successful exploratory testing: variables (anything whose...
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    Stuffing My Brain, Part 01

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    I'm at Software Development West this week. My brain always hurts by the end of the week (this is my eighth SD) but right now that pain is far off. First up is a half-day tutorial on Domain Driven Design presented by Eric Evans (author of the book by...
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    Hunt The SDE/T

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    Mark asks: So how *do* you find tester-developers? Certainly a job description that says "QA" seems to be an invitation for lots of resumes from script-followers. I want people who think repetetive tasks are what computers are for, not people, and that...
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    Talkie Walkie Trustie

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    Recently I read through the notes from Brett Pettichord's workshop on Homebrew Test Automation . It's a great overview of available test automation techniques, although it is old enough that he doesn't mention UIAutomation (the Longhorn replacement for...
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    Slow And Steady Wins The Race

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    When I was a fresh-faced programmer I was the fastest codeslinger around. I could spew code out like nobody's business. I didn't need to bother with design or spec'ing. You want a program to do what? Bam! Here it is. Something not quite right? Bam! Here...
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    Grading On A Curve

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    A topic I've been pondering of late is grading test cases. If I have two test cases that appear to do exactly the same thing, how do I decide which one to keep and which one to turn off? If I am wading though a large number of failing or unstable test...
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    Good Enough

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    While I personally believe that every bug is worth fixing, the reality of business often causes the minimum-cost-for-maximum-benefit line to be drawn elsewhere. Heck, even customers often prioritize new features over bug fixes! (Not that this is a choice...
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    Test Me

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    Our BVTs have grown rather encumbered and encrusted of late, so we recently embarked on a project to trim them down to a more reasonable size. This turned out to be an interesting process, mostly because it quickly became clear that we didn't have a single...
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    You Can't Fix Every Bug

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    Apoorva writes: Handling bugs when you are relatively close to ship date? Would like to hear some "real time" stories about some difficult decisions you had to make while shipping a product and what made you take those decisions. Say, convincing dev to...
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    Exterminate Those Bugs!

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    When I close my email program if often doesn't really close. The UI disappears, but Task Manager shows the process to still be present. It's either doing some very extensive processing or stuck in an endless loop; I let it run for multiple hours once...
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    Choose Your Own Adventure

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    When you're in college December and May are the big "What do I want to do with my life?" points, but once you're out in the real world January takes over this timeslot. Of course, if you really care about your career and life goals you'll be pondering...
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    You Gotta Work!

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    Apoorva asks: How do work assignments take place for STE's? An example would be, I was testing this product which involved client/server stuff. I was assigned to test the funtionality of the server. In short, anything in the spec which was server related...
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    Grow, Darn You, Grow!

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    Apoorva writes: Being a team lead, one would take it as his duty to bring out the best in his team (STE's who work under you). How do you manage to do that? Do you (or Leads/Managers at Microsoft) manage to identify certain weaknesses/strengths in your...
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    Tis The Season For Overeating, Fa La La La La, La La La La

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    The division holiday party was this weekend. A Beatles cover band that also did just about everything else, a very good comedian, a hypnotist I didn't see (at least I don't *remember* seeing <g/>), roaming Elvis and Madonna and Marilyn Monroe, a...
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    Repro This!

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    Pop quiz: A tester finds and logs a bug. Some days (weeks (months)) later a developer picks up the bug and runs through it. Lo and behold, the bug does not occur. What should the developer do with this bug? Most common answer: Resolve the bug as "No Repro...
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    Bad Error Message! Bad! Bad!

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    I was xcopying some folders this weekend. (xcopy: the poor man's backup system.) Everything was going swimmingly. Or so I thought, until I noticed that some files that should have been copied weren't. What!? xcopy has never failed me before! What's going...
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    Software Statistics Engineer?

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    I recently read an (internal, so I can't give a link, sorry) article by a developer pundit. In the article he opines that while the current practices of unit testing, etc. are having a definite impact on code quality, eventually we will reach a point...
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    Milestone Ho!

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    We're currently in the interregnum between milestones. Rather than rushing in to the next milestone the day after we exit the current one -- which means you must steal time and energy from this milestone to focus on the next one, and/or enter the next...
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    I'm a Tester, Jim, not a QA Engineer!

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    If you ask any random set of testers what their title is, about half of them will answer with some term that includes "Test" and the other half will answer with some term that includes "QA" and "Engineer". If you then ask them what their job entails,...
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    System.Console.WriteLine(My.BlogRoll.ToString())

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    I've received a few requests for my blogroll. I considered posting it here all nice and categorized like, but at 170+ feeds that would be rather lengthy. Anyway, going to all that trouble isn't necessary. Through the magic of NewsGator my current OPML...
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    One More Hallmark

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    Darren writes: Hi, I read through your list of attributes today with interest. One of the attributes that interests me but, that you did not mention was: Ability to provide accurate estimates. I'd be interested to read *your* take on that attribute. Estimation...
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    Just As, Not Less Or More

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    Kate comments on my previous blog post Why I'm An SDE/T : Writing code to break other's code is what I fascinate about. Hope I can get this kind of job in the near future. Now comes the question: When you write a tool to test other's code, what makes...
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