Disabling the IDE Navigator (Ctrl-Tab Dialog)

I’ve had a few questions come back to me about disabling the IDE Navigator, aka the Ctrl-Tab Dialog. Here’s how to do it: Open Tools – Options – Keyboard Under “Show commands containing:”, type in “Window.NextDocumentWindowNav” Press the Remove button to remove the “Ctrl+Tab” keyboard shortcut binding If you want the Visual Studio .NET 2003…

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Guidelines – a hidden feature for the Visual Studio Editor

Update 12/2/2004:  Uploaded an image from Visual Studio 2005 Beta.  Note the image below shows guidelines at column numbers 5 and 30, but the regkey value is RBG(255,0,0), 4, 29.  The Guideline column numbers are 0-based in the registry. Update 11/29/2004: I’ve corrected the two (embarrassing) typos below.  I must have had thanksgiving dinner on…

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Heading back home to N’awlins

Technically, I’m from the Mississippi Gulf Coast, but I tell people I’m from New Orleans. The Mississippi Gulf Coast is radically different than the rest of Mississippi. It’s the New Orleans spillover and arguably the retirement community for the city. It is just easier for me to say I’m from New Orleans, rather than having…

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What is a Nighlty Test Case?

Why is a nightly called a nightly? A nightly is a test case that must be run every time there is a new build. Since a new build is published every night, these tests are run nightly, hence the name. Other teams call these tests Acceptance or Self-Host, but the concept remains the same. What…

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A look into our wonderful world of testing

ScottGu, the ASP.NET Product Unit Manager, has put together quite a detailed overview of the ASP.NET testing team’s world, which maps closely to my team’s world. http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2004/10/28/249458.aspx Check out the Maddog screen shots… Picture 3 shows what we think of as a “test case”. If someone says, “hey, point me to your test case that…

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Developing a Test Specification

Definitions I’ve seen the terms “Test Plan” and “Test Specification” mean slightly different things over the years. In a formal sense (at this given point in time for me), we can define the terms as follows: Test Specification – a detailed summary of what scenarios will be tested, how they will be tested, how often…

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More Tips on Writing Good Bug Reports

Marie has done an awesome job writing up the most complete “how to file a good bug report” I’ve ever seen on paper: http://blogs.msdn.com/productfeedback/archive/2004/09/27/235003.aspx Two things I really want to emphasize: Good bug titles – we have lots of bugs in the database. Lots. It is important for the bug title to include words that…

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Code Snippets 101

I’ve been testing the new Code Snippets feature heavily the past couple of days. Meghan (Editor Dev Lead) and Sean (Editor PM) have good information about Code Snippets on the VS Editor blog: Code Snippets – a way to be more efficient in writing code Code Snippet – Schema Description Definitely let me know if…

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A Few Editor Tips and Tricks I Learned from the Full Test Pass

I’m getting close to finishing all of our manual test cases for our Full Test Pass, which has helped me tremendously to learn about my new feature area. Here is my list of tips and tricks that I’ve collected over the past couple of weeks: Tip #1 – Code Drag and Drop Make sure the…

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