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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    Network problems causing grief

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    Last week could have gone so much better but our building is experiencing some network problems. General sluggishness, high latency and so on have really put a crimp on what I have been able to get done. Even doing something simple like saving a text...
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    It Came From PCR!

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    How's that for a nice little homage to 1950s horror movies? "PCR" is an acronym we have that stands for "PC Recycling." When we need to get rid of old hardware - whether it is broken, old, not energy efficient, etc… - we fill out an...
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    Having far too much fun with OneNote for about a minute today

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    Today I had to test a feature we have in OneNote that I don't to use all that much - the ability move outlines around the page with a keyboard. I even made a little movie of the screen capture and am using this as a test to see if I can get video embedded...
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    A little typo bug in a log file

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    I saw this bug much like this get filed last week: Error condition: Open one of our debugging logs and see this: CEntity found as: <null>, replcaed with Expected behavior: Spell "replcaed" as "replaced" The developer who had to fix...
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    An update for OneNote!

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    I guess everyone on the internet already noticed, but we just updated OneNote and you can download the new version from the Windows Store here: http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-US/app/onenote/f022389f-f3a6-417e-ad23-704fbdf57117 I hope you enjoy it...
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    Rock and Roll!

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    4 testers from the OneNote team participated in the Rock and Roll half marathon here in Seattle last week. What a long day - we had to leave Redmond at 4AM and the race started at 7AM! Everyone admitted it was a lot of fun, though, so the early wakeup...
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    And the OneNote twitter display is gone (again)

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    A few weeks ago I had the idea to get a Raspberry Pi set up to display the tweets sent about OneNote. I wrote about it here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/johnguin/archive/2014/04/28/return-of-the-onenote-twitter-feed-thanks-to-raspberry-pi.aspx I am sad...
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    Pretty good article advocating for a software testing degree

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    I noticed a thread over on slashdot about a writer advocating for "Software Testing" as a degree option for college students. Slashdot pointed to Ole Lensmar's article here: http://www.networkworld.com/community/blog/lets-train-our-testers-early-offering...
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    Well, that code won’t work the way I want

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    I was trying to write an automated test recently that would verify our cache optimize functionality. Specifically, the test first needed to copy a .onecache file that was in need of optimization to the machine which would run the test. So I added a quick...
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    Back to working efficiently

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    A quick recap - I had been intentionally performing a lot of testing work manually in order to track where my time was going. Once I had that list , I worked on a tool to alleviate as much of this as possible. So I came up with a tool to do these tasks...
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