The Braidy Tester interviews me about software testing on Dr. Dobb’s blog

Michael Hunter, our very own Braidy Tester, interviews me about software testing.  Yep, it has been a while, well over a year, since i’ve done pure software testing.  But fortunately, he let me pick the 5 questions i wanted to answer =) http://www.ddj.com/blog/debugblog/archives/2007/05/five_questions_17.html In the intro, he talks about my custom-built motorcycle.  I wish i…

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What we’ve learned about testing open source projects

John, our only SDET (tester) on the team, has written a couple of blog entries on what we’ve learned (sometimes the hard way) about testing open source projects: What’s different about testing open source projects?  (Part 1) Recommendations for corporate teams developing Community Based Open Source projects (Part 2) We hope you find this information…

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5 Tips for surviving as a Tester

These tips apply for all testers, not just Microsofties.  What other tips would you include in this list? Bend over backwards to help your dev You’re going to be breaking his/her code for the rest of your careers together, so you want to have a great working relationship between each other.  First off, establish trust…

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If you use Regular Expressions, you need to check out this Regex Builder tool

One of my coworkers in Visual Studio has created this really cool tool for creating and testing Regular Expressions.  I’ve just recently started using .NET Regular Expressions in my Editor testing, so take my word for it that this tool greatly helps with writing regular expressions. Overview for the tool, as written on GotDotNet: A…

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What are Test Hooks?

Finally, the promised post. Types of Controls There are three types of controls you’ll discover when automating UI Standard Windows controls Owner-drawn controls – controls that have the functionality of Standard Windows controls, but have custom drawing. These controls will have to implement IAccessible to describe the custom paint job Painted controls – I’ve asked…

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Automation Testing versus Manual Testing Guidelines

I met with my team’s automation experts a few weeks back to get their input on when to automate and when to manually test. The general rule of thumb has always been to use common sense. If you’re only going to run the test one or two times or the test is really expensive to…

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What software testing topics do you want to hear more about?

Do you have any software testing topics you want to hear more about? Here are a few suggestions that I’ve already received from readers: How do you go about automating? How much is automated and how much is manual? How does QA fit into the product lifecycle at MS? Let me know what other topics…

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Visual Studio File Tab Channel Nightly Test Case

Description If you are unfamiliar with the File Tab Channel, check out my post about it at New Window Management Features for Visual Studio 2005. Nightly Scenarios Verify opening 11 files displays the correct number of visible tabs in the File Tab Channel Verify a tool window can appear in the File Tab Channel (after…

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