Thursday, December 24, 2009

Microsoft E-Learning new for MSDN subscribers

MSDN subscribers are supposed to get free e-learning; one or two collections. I just found out about this today so I tried to sign up. It says I'm eligible for 2 collections, but wouldn't allow me to sign up for them.

The first screen says: "MSDN Premium Subscriber: Please select up to two of the listed Microsoft Learning E-Learning Collections and press the Submit button below. Note: You must select both collections at the same time. If you are not ready to make your selection now please close the browser so that you may return to this Product Selection Page via the MSDN Subscription site on a subsequent visit."

Below that is a list of products with checkboxes next to them. So I checked two items and clicked Submit and then I got this error; it said I selected the incorrect number of products:

so I tried submitting with only one checkbox selected and got the same message; incorrect number of products selected

so I tried selecting three checkboxes and got another error; the maximum allowed is two

Maybe it is going to make me wait until after the first of the year, not sure. I hope I can sign up eventually.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Unvalidated Input

I was looking at old bug reports the other day and thinking about the kinds of bugs I find. Unvalidated input has been a common source of bugs. The program doesn't check if the values entered by the user is within the expected range.

I know there isn't an easy answer for these kinds of errors, but wondered how it will be solved in the future. The only half decent answer I thought of was to stop letting users enter whatever they want. For example if they are entering their phone number only accept digits and ignore anything else. Or some type of keyboard or input system that knows which values are on the good list.

Until then I will continue entering letters in numeric fields and reporting the same type of bugs.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Monday, April 6, 2009

Visual Studio Team System Test - Quick Reference Guide

There is a quick reference guide up on Codeplex for VSTS Test Edition. It was originally developed for internal use at Microsoft and recently published by the VSTS Rangers. It covers known issues and other helpful information about running tests. Thanks Rangers and all those who contributed.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Regsvr32 unregister + register from Windows Explorer

This article by John Howard explains how to add commands to Windows Explorer to unregister and register DLLs and OCX's. This way takes less time than typing all the names at the command line.

Save the text below as Shortcuts.reg or some other name and merge to add registry entries & the right click menus to Windows Explorer. The %1 should be in double quotes in case the path to the DLL contains spaces.

@="regsvr32.exe "%1""
@="regsvr32.exe /u "%1""