2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many […]

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Windows Phone stuck booting into “Plug into PC” mode

So last night my HTC Mozart battery was low so it shut itself down. This morning i turned it on and see this. I charged the phone but after rebooting i still see this icon. I connect the device and i get an error saying that it can’t restore the device. At this point i […]

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SpecFlow Tables And Parameters Invalid cast from System.String to TechTalk.SpecFlow.Table

If your trying to use a parameter and a table in the one step and you get this exception System.InvalidCastException: Invalid cast from ‘System.String’ to ‘TechTalk.SpecFlow.Table’. Make sure your table parameter is the last one in the method like this. It can be a bit tricky to find the problem due to the exception being […]

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Caliburn Micro Navigation for Windows Phone

To navigate to a new page using Caliburn Micro first you need to register your ViewModel with the Caliburn Micro PhoneContainer in the AppBootstrapper In your view model add a INavigationService parameter to allow Caliburn Micro to inject the navigation service Then to navigate call Navigate on the UriFor method with your ViewModel type like […]

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Where does Regression Testing fit into Agile?

If you are recent to Agile like us you are probably still figuring out how you previous tasks fit into the process. We have been using scrum for a while now and completed several sprints without releasing a build to customers. When it came time to release we looked over what areas had been changed […]


First thoughts on VS 2011 ALM Preview from Testers Point of View

After a quick lap around the VS2011 ALM Preview its obvious that the focus has not really being on testers, ALM has been the focus and this was defiantly needed. They have mad some much needed improvements to the ALM particularly for agile and this is great. I’m going to start of with the things […]


Making XML Comments a little less intrusive

I find XML Comments useful particularly when it comes to intellisense help however they can clutter up the code and make it hard to focus on the code. One thing i found useful was to change the font colour of Collapsed Text in Visual Studio to a very faded colour allowing you to focus on […]

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