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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    If it could have gone wrong…

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    We're getting a new tester next week and one of the things I need to do before she starts is get her computers put into an office for her. That way she won't lose any time trying to figure out how to connect the hardware to our network setup, where to...
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    Language neutral automation

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    This is more fallout from me digging through my mailbox and deleting old emails. I found this from our start of testing for OneNote 2010, sent from the tester who was our international test coordinator. ---- To ensure language neutral automation, use...
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    An oil spill takes out our test server?

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    In one of our labs, we have (had?) a moderately powerful machine. It was a Dell dual core server with 16GB of RAM and 5 total hard drives. We used it to host virtual machines that ran SharePoint and DAV servers, which we in turn use to test OneNote. Coming...
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    A crashing bug in our test tools is finally fixed

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    We have a test tool we run every day that was crashing in certain circumstances. Specifically, it reads from an XML file and it was somewhere in this parsing the crash was happening. A little bit of investigation showed that if an XML node was missing...
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    OneNote wins a Lifehacker poll!

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    Makes me blush: http://lifehacker.com/5892786/most-popular-meeting-minutes-service-microsoft-onenote OneNote wins the Lifehacker poll for most populat meetings minute service. This is great (and it is nice to see our cross platform work getting recognition...
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    Closed bugs still on my plate represent work

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    One of the more powerful aspects of our bug tracking is that bugs can be closed but still assigned to a person. This makes sense when you realize the database tracks these two pieces of data separately. A bug can be either Active or Closed, and Assigned...
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    OneNote on the Today show!

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    We wound up a Today show segment about "Back to School" items. If you missed it, it is now available on the Today site at http://www.today.com/klgandhoda/10-tech-products-help-kids-schoolwork-8C11122114 Really is great to see OneNote getting some attention...
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    A quick tip for using any Win8 apps on a multiple monitor machine

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    I was using OneNote on a multiple monitor machine the other day and noticed that by default, the application would always start on my primary monitor. Since I work back and forth between OneNote and Outlook all the time, I usually have one app on one...
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    Saying no to a sleep statement in our automation

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    Last week I had a code review come across my plate that looked like this:   Section.AddPage(); And this line was being added below the previous line:   System.Threading.Sleep(5000);   //more code here to add content to the page Pretty simple...
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    Not writing a tool helps me save time

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    Today I had a task of modifying an existing text file 16 times and saving the file 16 times . The change was pretty simple - just changing a line that looks like this: file=c:\location\file001.txt to file=c:\location\file002.txt and the same...
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