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.

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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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    Life in testing: more about meetings

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    Last week I mentioned that about 40% of my time was taken by meetings. That's probably normal for a manager here at Microsoft and I don't see anything unusual about that number. But for a meeting to occur, at least two other items need to be present:...
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    The Most Hilarious Outlook Configuration Utility Ever

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    I had to log into a computer this last weekend for the reserves. I'm used to getting frequent updates for all the software installed on the machine (and believe me, the navy equips their machines with a staggering amount of software) but I was totally...
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    OneNote and Education information available

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    Good news: Mike Tholfsen has started a "OneNote in the Education World" blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/onenote_and_education/ . This is good news on several levels. First, it gives a different view on how to use OneNote to help schools, teachers and...
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    The typical work week in OneNote Test

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    One of my friends was asking me about Microsoft over the weekend and wanted to know what it was "really like" working here. I suggested he read my blog since that is ostensibly the purpose behind it: to show what life is like as a tester here...
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    A test plan for recognizing text in images luckily goes awry

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    I had a plan many months ago to build a photo database of images with text to use to test our OCR (optical character recognition) routines. At the time, I was new to the team and had not seen the testing which was in place, but wanted to add to the repository...
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    TWIONT is a lousy acronym no matter how you look at it

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    As I've mentioned before, we have been in the process of moving all of our automated tests away from being UI based and converting them to white box tests . The results have been very positive thus far, but it has not been a free conversion - there is...
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    Problems with syncing notebooks to SharePoint because of embedded files

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    The test team received this report from a person having problems with OneNote syncing notebooks on SharePoint and I want to share the fix for it. He has a notebook on a SharePoint server and was seeing this problem: Couple with: There's a lot going on...
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    Showing the full name of an attachment in OneNote

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    A week or so ago in a previous entry I uploaded an image here . You can see where I used my pen to annotate the photo, and if you look at it again, you may see the odd comment about "the truncated file name."  Let me explain that comment...
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