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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  • OneNote Testing

    Two new items to track for OneNote enthusiasts

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    It's been very busy around here. The upside to November and December at Microsoft is that plenty of people start taking vacation time, so there are fewer meetings and distractions at work. That gives plenty of time to get caught up on all the low and...
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    An easier way to troubleshoot addins for OneNote

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    I got fed up with attaching a debugger to addins in OneNote. The typical process (as suggested by Dan Escapa) is to have your addin open a dialog when it starts, then attach to the running process while the dialog is onscreen. That got annoying rather...
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    Table trouble

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    I had to relearn the lesson of paying attention to details recently. I was writing some code to work with OneNote's table XML via extensibility, and could not get my code to work correctly. After a couple of days of working on this in my spare time, I...
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    Brouhaha with verifying my math script during automation week

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    I tried to get my automation script for payment verification as part of the napkin math area checked in. One of the testers on my team rejected it. Here's why. First, remember the equation I was using: pmt(0.05;36;30000)=1813.033713614259 ...
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    It's automation focus week in OneNote Test

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    We started another automation push yesterday and are turning out new scripts, fixing old, clearing automation system bugs off our plate and generally trying to get some breadth of coverage in place using our new white box testing system. The surprising...
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    My first thoughts on OneNote when I came to the team

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    When I first came to the OneNote team, I got sent links to no less than 15 notebooks, had my monitor "upgraded" from a CRT to an LCD, was issued a Tablet PC, had the COM API dropped on me and had to make the transition from enthusiastic user to tester...
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    Troubleshooting as a core testing ability: a true story

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    An ability all testers need is troubleshooting. When presented with a problem, testers need to be able to find the cause to the narrowest possible instance. Finding steps to reproduce a bug is critical - it does no one any good to say "Application foo...
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    Everyone should have to work in technical support first

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    I was on a recruiting trip to Texas last week with some other Microsoft employees. We got to work out of the Microsoft Texas buildings in Las Colinas (in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for those of you not familiar with Texas). Microsoft has a bunch of PSS...
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    Logs, Lns and Log10: OneNote gets it right

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    As I mentioned before, one of the areas of OneNote I took when I came to the team was what we call "Napkin Math." This the ability to type equations like 8-4= And getting a "4" when you press Enter or the spacebar. It also works for basic trigonometric...
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    Shared Source Object Model Update 1

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    I wanted to share the status of our shared object model over on http://www.codeplex.com/onom So far, we have 7 people willing to contribute in different roles. This is a great start, and I look forward to more contributors as word gets out about this...
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