A peek into the VWD QA World

Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm John Dixon, one of the SDET Leads on VWD. I wanted to share some of the recent work the Venus QA team has done to make our life easier. I'll start with a little bit of history. I hope you find it interesting! ****Old School:********In our last release (VS2005) QA would get a new build and based on build ...

By The Community, For The Community

By the Community, For the Community! I'm really excited to announce a new community program on the ASP.NET website called By the Community, for the Community.  It's a system to help out everyone, and give some great community members a platform from which to show off their work...

Cannot Create A New Website?

Over the last few months, I've seen a number of forum posts from people saying that when they choose "Create New Website", the dialog box that showed them the different types of websites they could create was completely horked.  For example, instead of showing this: it would instead show this: Often when we see bugs like this, it's very...

DHTML Editing Control and IE7+

The webdevtools team has historically owned a control that shipped with IE5.5 and above.  This control is the DHTML Editing Control.  In order to improve security in IE7+, we took a hard look at this control and decided to remove it from Vista and IE7+.  A post I made yesterday on the IE blog talks about this in detail.&...

Suspending and resuming threads for GC

First of all, suspension and resumption of threads is not really part of the GC. GC calls functions to do the suspension and the resumption as a service provided in the CLR. Other components in the CLR also use this service such as the debugger implementation. But it’s true that suspending and resuming because of the GC is the most ...
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When memory is running low…

When I say memory I mean physical memory. Let’s assume that you have enough virtual memory space. When the physical memory gets low you may start getting OOMs or start paging. You can experiment and see how you can avoid getting into the low memory situation but sometimes it’s hard to predict and hard to test all scenarios your app can get...
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The Web 2.0 and Home grown vs Hosted Solutions

I just made a post on my blog about moving from home hosted web applications to hosted web applications.  I'm currently struggling on whether I want to move my photos from my home hosted, and customized verions of nGallery to something larger like Flickr.I'm curious what other people think is the best solution to problems like this. ...

Looking for good SDETs to join our team!

We have a few positions open on our test team at the moment.  The title for these positions is SDET (software design engineer in test) which is somewhat of a unique position at Microsoft.   Essentially we're looking for people who would like to work on enabling ASP.NET/Atlas development via Visual Web Developer.  We are looking for...