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bio website angryweasel.com/blog
location Bellevue, WA
age 49
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seen Dec 19 at 1:01

I'm a long time tester and developer working for Microsoft where I'm currently a Principal SDET on the XBox team.

I've also worked on Microsoft Lync, Windows CE, Windows, and spent some time as Microsoft's Director of Test Excellence.

I am the lead author on the Microsoft Press book "How We Test Software at Microsoft", contributed chapters to a few other books (including "Beautful Testing") and frequently speak to, consult with, or teach classes to software developers and testers.


Oct
12
comment What traits do the best testers you've worked with have in common?
+1 - this is a good summary (from a 20-year tester!)
Oct
11
answered How do you get better working conditions?
Oct
10
answered Do speakers get paid for tech talks?
Oct
8
answered What's the career path for a developer who doesn't like management?
Oct
5
comment Did anyone else get a deeper understanding about pointers when learning linked lists?
When I was learning C, my mentor told me I should always remember the 3 most important things a programmer needs to know to write C code. Pointers, Pointers, and...Pointers.
Oct
2
comment When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
Are you serious? I'm paid to get things done - not to be in the office during specified hours. Fortunately, I have an employer (and team, manager, etc.) that gets that. It's possible for me to be in the office from 8am to 8pm every day and do nothing (and hopefully get fired for it); if I don't show up at all - or choose my own flexible hours, but get my work done, that's all that matters.
Sep
29
awarded  Good Answer
Sep
28
awarded  Mortarboard
Sep
28
answered How to reduce the number of bugs when coding?
Sep
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
28
awarded  Nice Answer
Sep
28
answered When deciding on whether or not to work for a new company, what are your dealbreakers?
Sep
28
answered Any advice from self-taught programmers on competing with more conventional types?
Sep
27
comment Are you able to close your eyes and focus/think just on your code?
I realize now that I didn't answer the question - instead I answered what I do /instead/ of closing my eyes and thinking. Hope it's helpful anyway.
Sep
27
answered Are you able to close your eyes and focus/think just on your code?
Sep
24
revised How do you deal with people who ask you to fix their computer?
added 61 characters in body; deleted 59 characters in body
Sep
24
comment What to do when all solutions are equally bad?
very well put +1
Sep
24
answered How do you decide what to work on in your own time?
Sep
24
awarded  Commentator
Sep
23
awarded  Critic