What is an SDET?

I’ve received a few e-mails today asking what the SDET position is all about.  SDET stands for “Software Development Engineer in Test”.  Note the “development” bit.  The position is highly technical, which is a common misconception since testing at many other (not all) software companies is frequently done by non-technical people.  At Microsoft, we think…

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A quiet week?

It’s a little quiet around the office this week, but don’t let the lack of noise fool you.  We’re still hard at work on Team Foundation Source Control.  I really enjoy these little breaks from time to time.  It’s easy to forget how just a few days of “down time” with no meetings, no deadlines, and (relatively)…

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Webcast: Visual Studio Team System

If you’ve heard about Visual Studio Team System but can’t answer the top 10 reasons how it could help your software development team (“team” – as in “more than just your developers”) be more productive, this video is a great place to start: Link:  MSDN Webcast: Best of Launch: Visual Studio Team System (level 200)…

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Upgraded your Axim x50v to Windows Mobile? A few tips…

I upgraded my Dell Axim x50v to Windows Mobile 5 this week, and I thought I’d share a few tips & things I’ve learned since doing so. Navigation – After you upgrade, you’ll notice 2 “softkeys” at the bottom of the screen that take the place of most on-screen toolbars.  This is a major change…

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VSNC Office on Virtual Earth

By now, you’ve probably heard about the MSN Virtual Earth rollout.  I thought it’d be fun to show everyone where the Visual Studio North Carolina office is in the Research Triangle Park:  VSNC on Virtual Earth If you zoom out, you’ll see we’re conveniently located close to the RDU airport.  Technically, we’re in Durham, but…

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Good luck NASA, or "The Dreaded No Repro"

Poor NASA.  Yesterday’s shuttle launch was scrubbed at the last minute due to a malfunctioning fuel sensor.  This particular sensor is responsible for shutting down the engines if the shuttle runs out of fuel.  Apparently, their engine can run without fuel, but it’s a very bad thing.  They have 2 other redundant sensors in the…

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NewsBreak v1.1 released

Ilium Software has released an upgrade to my favorite Pocket PC RSS reader – NewsBreak.  The new version 1.1 is a free upgrade for registered owners of version 1.0, and includes (among many usability enhancements), a Today Screen plug in! Make sure you back up your feed list before you install the upgrade though, or…

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Verizon launches the Samsung i730 Pocket PC phone

Watch out SMT5600, there’s a new drool-worthy smartphone on the block.  If I didn’t already have and love my Dell Axim x50v (and I hadn’t just gotten a new Verizon contract), I’d be all over this phone.  It’s a very capable Pocket PC with 64MB RAM/128MB ROM, 527 Mhz, 240×320 screen, slide-out keyboard, EVDO support,…

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How to unlock an item locked by another user

It’s inevitable… You’re under a tight deadline to make a critical bug fix and someone else has the file you need to change locked.  You rush around and find someone with administrative rights to help out.  Here’s what they do:    h lock /lock:none $/OurTeamProject/WidgetProject/filewidgets.cs /workspace:joesdevbox And voila!  You’re back in business!  The /workspace parameter specifies…

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Checking in with the Source Control QA team

This week and next, we’re going to be focusing heavily on testing our features through the IDE (as opposed to the command line client).  We’ll be using code coverage measurements to see what lines of code our testing hits and what gets missed.  As we go through the test pass, we’ll use this code coverage…

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