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.

June, 2008

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    Sudoku Addin for OneNote beta is available

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    Carlos Rivera has been working feverishly over the last few weeks to polish Sudoku for OneNote addin, and I'm proud to announce he has released his beta version today! You can get it here (the link is also below), or over at the codeplex site ( www.codeplex...
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    Fixing the Lenovo tablet. Again.

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    The hard drive on my Lenovo had died. It would not even pass the BIOS level hardware test during the tablet's startup. I had an external case for EIDE drives which I had used in the past when my drive on my laptop at home died and I brought it in to see...
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    Office New Employee Training

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    I was able to attend "New Hire Training" for Office last week. At Microsoft, all newly hired people go through a day or two of training to get used to Microsoft, get your card key/badge and general agenda like that. Mark Russinovich talked about his experiences...
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    Some quick power consumption testing with a "new to me" tablet

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    The Lenovo I had been using has given up the ghost. The hard drive in it has physically died - it won't boot, nor pass the BIOS diagnostics. I now have managed to get assigned a Fujitsu Lifebook - a "hand-me-down" from another tester who no longer needs...
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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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