Santosh speaks…

Santosh, who I have the pleasure of working with everyday, has posted a really interesting entry on what it feels like to be a software tester at Microsoft. Absolutely one of the most interesting and well-written posts I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading on the subject of testing. You can enjoy it for yourself…

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Got bugs?

“Any idea how many bugs may still be in the product?”  A question I’ve been asked and heard others get asked on many occasions.  It drives me nuts.  Not because it’s a dumb question, as we’d all certainly love to have the answer to it.  It’s just that it’s pretty much impossible to answer.  But saying…

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Measuring test effectiveness

Before joining Microsoft, I was a developer at a call center and consulting company in Miami.  I was developing applications used by the phone reps (or TSRs) used to take fullfillment orders for some of the big cruise lines such as Princess, Royal Caribbean, NCL, and Celebrity.  I primarily used three different languages for the…

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C# and unit testing chat next Thursday (3/18)

Scott’s post reminded me of the upcoming chat I got an invite for a few days ago.  It’s happening next Thursday and the topic is C# and unit testing.  You can get more details on this page.  I’m looking forward to it even more now as, according to Scott, it seems James Newkirk will be…

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Migrated some entries from the old blog…

I’ve moved over a few of the recent entries I made on the old blog as I plan on posting follow-ups to them at some point.  Three of them I added as articles: Testing the C# Compiler #1 Testing the C# Compiler #2 Inline Warning Control I also went ahead and reposted the post on…

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Stochastic (aka Random) Testing

Paul Dietz commented on one of my posts about testing the compiler asking whether we do any “random testing” of the compiler. I also really appreciate the links he included to a couple of very interesting papers on the same subject. The first article was Will McKeeman’s “Differential Testing for Software” which discusses their experience…

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Testing the C# Compiler #2

Lots of questions were sent my way after the last post about testing the compiler. A lot of them can be answered by providing some example tests that show some real code and demonstrate how a test works in our world. So that’s what I’ll attempt to do in this post. I’m keeping the tests…

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Testing the C# Compiler #1

One of my intentions when I first started this blog was to focus some on software testing in general but also provide a view of how we test the C# compiler as well. I’ve miserably failed at both of those so far. But I guess it’s never too late to start. Every time Eric and…

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