Good Cloud

I’m really excited to hear about this massive donation of cloud and connectivity for nonprofits, universities, and communities: http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2016/01/19/how-were-putting-the-microsoft-cloud-to-work-for-the-public-good/ Even though I feel like lately I’m all cloud all the time, this one totally caught me by surprise, kind of like that double rainbow my son and I weren’t expecting to see last weekend.  I can think…

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Math Night Fun

One of the local elementary schools invited me to volunteer at their “math night” later this month and I am dreaming up  some computer math demos that should be fun. I would really love to show them GNU Octave, Processing, Microsoft Mathematics, Mathematica on the Raspberry Pi, and any other software they can get for free…

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Test Patterns

Encouraging to see more thought and effort being put into software test patterns.  Alan Page recently posted on this topic over at the MS Press Blog.

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Iterative XML Tree Traversal

Here’s a C# code snippet for iterative tree traversal of elements in an XML document using XPathNavigator that takes advantage of parent pointers.  [ download source ] test.xml     1 <?xml version=“1.0“ encoding=“UTF-8“ standalone=“no“ ?>     2 <test>     3  <a/>     4  <b/>     5  <c>     6   <c1/>     7   <c2>     8    <c2i/>     9    <c2ii/>    10   </c2>    11  </c>    12 </test> test.cs     1 using System;     2 using System.Xml.XPath;     3 …

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Risk Management

My first article on the topic of security testing and risk management is now published in the March 2009 issue of Testing Experience magazine, pages 28-30. http://www.testingexperience.com/subscribe.php (free online subscription takes you to PDF download)

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Office Security Team

The Office security team typically targets memory-corruption bugs in the software like buffer overruns, integer overruns, and format strings… http://www.darkreading.com/document.asp?doc_id=159305

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Binary File Formats

“posting nearly 5,000 pages of new technical documentation for the Microsoft Office binary file formats for Word, Excel and PowerPoint” Press release:http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/jun08/06-30InteropUpdatePR.mspx Technical specs:http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=122062

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Traction

Some ideas on how to “get traction” as a software tester (especially at Microsoft): http://blogs.msdn.com/dustin_andrews/archive/2007/12/15/learn-to-get-traction-in-your-team.aspx  

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VSTS Web Access Power Tool

Now with linkable web pages! http://blogs.msdn.com/bharry/archive/2007/11/30/vsts-web-access-power-tool-for-team-system-2008-released.aspx

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Security & Perf Videos

J.D. Meier has posted a decent index of videos covering performance testing, ASP.NET 2.0, and VSTS: http://blogs.msdn.com/jmeier/archive/2007/11/22/videos-security-performance-testing-and-visual-studio-team-system.aspx  

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