My username in OneNote is usually not simply the text John Guin

We were performing some shared notebook testing recently and someone noticed that an outline in one of our notebooks had changed. She first thought that some garbage text had been inserted instead of a typical user name for the text of who last modified the outline.  You can see who changed an outline by right…

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Using HyperV to help testing in OneNote – an immediate benefit to me

  So the other day I had the chance to head out and work from home. I was able to do this because I had all my testing ready to go in HyperV. I had a Vista Machine with 64 bit version installed ready to go for some setup testing, and had another image ready…

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Robinson Crusoe and OneNote: short term vs. long term gains when testing

I have a theory about the value of automation (and many other test tools) and the time it takes to develop, maintain and use them. I call this my "Robinson Crusoe Theory" of testing and it goes like this: Imagine you are cast away on a deserted island. You managed to save a fishing pole,…

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OneNote Merge Testing – an example of "not a bug, it’s a feature"

Last week Mike and I were performing some merge testing. "Merge" is the word we use to describe the behavior of taking my changes and Mike’s changes on a page in a notebook and merging them together. For instance, if there was a table on the page, and I added data to cell 1 and…

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How my old Microsoft 8-bit BASIC coding skills caused me to fail a code review

I submitted some changes to an automation script a few days ago and failed my code review. Code reviews are the mechanism we use to ensure we all adhere to coding guidelines – Pascal Casing vs. camel Casing, for instance. A peer will look over my code to ensure I’m following our agreed upon best…

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