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Monthly Archives: February 2007

Are you a developer-tester or tester-developer? – level 200

Every programmer tests, but does every tester program?  I submit that the good ones do.  Jason Darling sent me these two great articles that dig deeper into this discussion.   http://www.testobsessed.com/2007/01/17/tester-developers-developer-testers/http://chrismcmahonsblog.blogspot.com/2007/01/developer-testers-and-tester-developers.html

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Visual Studio setup projects (installer) experience report – level 200

Recently, my team needed to produce an installer for our software package.  We wanted a neat setup package that installed prerequisites as well (.Net 2.0, and SQL Express 2005).  We decided to try out the Visual Studio 2005 setup project.  … Continue reading 

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Continuous Integration the Microsoft way!!! – level 200

Years of developer experience has produced a lesson the entire industry is paying attention to:  leaving integration to the end of a project is a bad idea!  It’s been proven a bad idea time and time again.  Integrating often keeps … Continue reading 

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Building a dev/test server farm with Virtual Server 2005 R2 – level 300

My team has used Virtual Server 2005 and a single beefy physical server to do some great things this week, and I have to share.  The problem we are faced with is that we need multiple test environments for release … Continue reading 

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New line shortcut keys for Visual Studio 2005 – level 200

I am a big fan of shortcut keys.  I find that if I can keep my hands on the keyboard and not reach for the mouse, my productivity stays high.  First, I want to say thanks to Steve Donie for … Continue reading 

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