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    Tester Mentality

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    I tech screened a tester this morning for a position on my team. I always ask the candidate to describe the tester mentality. I loved today's interviewee's answer: More than the product working perfectly without any crash assert, if it is not intuitive...
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    Execution And Verification Are Tightly Coupled

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    Test cases are composed of three primary sections: Cache initial state. The primary task for any test case is verifying that an action had the intended effect; if the test case is to know what changed it clearly must save off the starting state...
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    True Stories In Test Automation

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    [The following is a true story. The feature has been changed to protect the unannounced, but the code and test progression is a near verbatim account of a coding session I had recently.] Say you are testing a timeline. Specifically, you are testing...
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    Implementing Automated Software Testing

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    Elfriede Dustin sent me a review copy of Implementing Automated Software Testing (IAST), which she and her colleagues Thom Garrett and Bernie Gauf recently published. I am familiar with some of Elfriede's work on test automation, so I was looking forward...
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    Weird But True

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    Weird Al Yankovic's song “Frank's 2000 Inch TV” is the perfect speed for jumping rope! Play it four times in a row and you've got yourself a great cardio workout!
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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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    My Job Is *Not* To Write Test Cases

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    "But my job is to write test cases!" my friend said, almost plaintively. We were discussing the huge amount of work we have to do and the not-nearly-enough time in which we have to do it. I was relating my strategy: get my developers to do all the testing...
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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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    Stuffing My Brain, Part 06

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    Any session that starts with the comment "All examples in this talk represent things you should NEVER do" has to be good! This morning Dan Appleman explained his views regarding "Why did they do that?", where "they" refers to the designers of Microsoft...
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    Office Space

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    Yes, I saw that movie in the theater when it first came out, before it was cool. That's not really relevant though. Or maybe it is, since I've worked in plenty of Office Spacey places that would have completely freaked if I even thought about making my...
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    Why I'm An SDE/T

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    WH writes: I've got an on-campus interview with MS and I'm (hopefully) looking at an SDET internship. I was wondering: What do you like most about being an SDET? What do you like the least? The bug-finding problem space sounds completely interesting to...
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    Temper Temper Temperament

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    As I've talked about before , one of my current areas of study is personality types. In particular, of late I've been reading up on the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator and Keirsey Temperament Sorter. Isabel Myers herself noticed large similarities between...
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    Hallmarks Of A Great Tester

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    Thanks to everyone who helped make my STAR East presentation "Hallmarks Of A Great Tester" this afternoon go off without a hitch! Speaking to five hundred people was quite experience, let me tell you. <g/> The unlive version is now up .
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    Cook It Up

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    "new-tester" commented on my Hallmarks of a Great Tester post to ask "I was wondering if you know where one can find a complete classification or description of class of bugs as you refered above. I don't mean generic classification but more specific...
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    The Answer Will Hit You Like A Ton Of Bricks

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    Question: Would you rather be hit by a ton of feathers or by a ton of bricks? Most people answer "A ton of feathers". Some people - usually ones who have been accosted by this question before - answer "It doesn't matter, a ton is a ton". I answer...
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    Brain Overload

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    Tell me, please, when exactly it is OK to park here? This is perhaps the most complicated set of parking rules I have seen. I am glad that a) I do not have a car, and b) I do not live anywhere near these street signs!
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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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    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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    Warning: Bad Lyrics Ahead

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    Microsoft requires any vehicle parked on campus to be registered. Visitors register with the receptionist where they're visiting; everyone else registers with Security. I don't know what visitors get when they register, but employees get a numbered tag...
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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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    Tatoo Detective

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    When a Microsoftie moves to a different group we typically take one of our machines with us. I opted to take my four-year-old desktop as that meant I also took my flat panel monitors, to which I have grown rather attached. As I frequently work outside...
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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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    I Am Such A Geek!

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    Every year my family draws names to decide who gives gifts to whom at Christmas. (Trying to figure out what to give one person is *so* much easier than trying to find something for seven!) This year (for reasons known only to her) my mom asked if I wanted...
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    See Braidy Tester Read Code. Read, Braidy Tester, Read!

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    I've been reading through code for one of the tools we are investigating using. This particular tool has been used by lots of other people for years, so any bugs that would prevent us from using it have likely been found by now. I'm not reading this code...
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    Yes Virginia, Developers Really *Can* Test

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    I've been coding for something like twenty years, but I've only really been testing that code for about ten. Oh, sure, I would bang on my apps in ways I thought were similar to what my users would do, and I stepped through my code and stuff like that...
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