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Making the invisible visible since 1987

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    Hoppy Birdie Mi Mi

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    Today is my birthday -- #33. That means I've been programming for some sixty percent of my life -- no big deal I suppose to kids these days who likely were programming before they entered day care, but I was on the bleeding edge growing up. That tech...
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    OOPs I did it again

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    I wrote my first programs in various forms of Basic (including SuperSyntax on Prime minis, which while it didn't explicitly claim to be a member of the family had very Basic-ish structure and syntax), but my formative years programming-wise were spent...
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    What makes me tick

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    Curt Rosengren is asking why people do what they do . Here are my answers: What kind of work would you do if you got paid in the juice you get from your job, rather than money? (i.e., what jobs would light your fire in a big way?) I honestly would...
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    The test cases go marching two by two, hurrah, hurrah

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    One of the banes of my existence is test matrices. Everywhere I look, it seems, another matrix is lurking, impatiently waiting to lob another set of mind-numbinginly boring test cases at me that are guaranteed to suck up two more weeks' worth of the extra...
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    Battlefields

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    Test and Dev have historically been at odds. In the worst teams the only reason Dev and Test acknowledge each other's existence is to work out some signal so that Test knows when to array themselves along the wall to catch the app when Dev throws it over...
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    Hypocrites That We Are

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    In Ring One, here, we have The Cowboys. They don't need specs or a test plan, let alone daily builds or release criteria. They don't even bother finding out what the user needs to do, really, but instead prefer to make things up as they go along. Since...
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    Screen Door

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    Gretchen and Zoe and Heather have been blogging about the process Microsoft uses for recruiting and hiring. Once you've made it past the recruiter gauntlet, but before you go through the formal interview loop, my team puts the candidate through a technical...
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    Sacrifice me!

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    I'm on BVT [Build Verification Test] duty this week -- lucky me (not!). Each week we Sacrifice One Person (capitalized because that's a Management Pattern, don't you know; see http://Alistair.Cockburn.us for more info) to BVT duty. On a good week, said...
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    My brain hurts!

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    I spent last week in Santa Clara, California at the Software Development West conference ( http://www.sdexpo.com ). This is the seventh SD I've attended, and I've already put in my request to go again next year. It's the only conference I attend, in fact...
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    This book exists because of me

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    Illinois Institute of Technology (which made the mistake of giving me an architorture degree I've been abusing and ignoring ever since) is a Technology School. It has some liberal arts classes, but nowhere near the range a state university or more-normal...
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    Scottie, spec me up!

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    Those of us lucky enough to have a program manager know that while PMs are a big help they certainly aren't a magic bullet. Some PMs, in fact, are more hindrance than help. When a spec never gets past draft status (or, even worse, is in a perpetual state...
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    When specs go bad

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    If your team writes specs before starting to code (as opposed to after, when it's easy to do so, and the spec is more commonly called documentation) you certainly have cause to be happy, but you aren't home free. Another bone of contention awaits: whether...
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    When you don't have a spec, everything is a bug

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    How many of you regularly get a detailed and complete specification document before Dev starts coding and before Test starts testing? Raise your hands, please. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Heh. That's what I thought. My team takes a full month before each...
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    Adventures in Tabletting

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    I've had a Motion Computing M1300 for seven months or so now, and I love it to pieces. I love the slate format, and the new Input Panel is 90%+ accurate recognizing my cursive "font" (one of three, and not my preferred one, but oh well). Six of these...
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    New kid on the blogk

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    So I'm the newest Microsoftee alternately enlightening you, scaring you, and boring you to tears with the gory details of my daily life at Microsoft. I am a Test Technical Lead, which means I set the technical direction of my team: how do we automate...
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    The Tester Song

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    If I had a theme song, this is what it would be: With apologies to Monty Python... [Fade in to a dev banging away on his keyboard muttering about linked lists and hash tables and third-order dependencies. A management type pokes his head in and tells...
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