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I'm an automated and manual tester, specializing in the use of Automated QA's TestComplete testing tool for load testing and regression testing

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Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
Location I know is not the problem. The locations in the code above are not the same locations as on the machine with Word 2010 so directory name isn't the problem or drive location. Also, I've replaced the spaces in the filenames with underscores and that hasn't had any effect. I can try shortening both but, again, other docs with equally long names (or longer) are working fine. For whatever reason, these two docs are giving me grief and I can't figure out why.
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
@BrMcMullin - The compare routine is called from an existing document to compare to a different document. Much like if, in Word, you have a document open and go to "Compare and Merge" and operate a compare there. Both documents don't have to be open to do the comparison.
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
A little additional info... the Word documents are Word 2007 formatted docs. We've used the Word.Application object on both a machine with Word 2010 and Word 2003 installed without any change in behavior
Jun
7
comment What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
The Compare line is what fails. The docs have form fields in them but the other docs we've compared also have form fields and we've not run into any problem. As for using the Compare feature, that's working just fine with either a Merge, Merge to New, Merge to same, or straight compare. That's why this is such a mystery, everything LOOKS like it should work... but it's not. And I have asked for help from the tool vendor and they have not been able to find anything (since, technically, it's not their tool causing the error).
Jun
7
asked What could cause a “command failed” error when using the Word.Application object to compare two documents?
Jun
2
comment What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?
Not that opinions are not welcome, just looking for more objective answers... :-)
Jun
2
revised What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?
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Jun
2
answered What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?
Jun
2
comment What are good metrics for a test team to use to start measuring their workload and ability to meet external deadlines?
The only suggestion I'd give would be to get rid of the word "good" in the question as that kinda prompts for opinion... otherwise, a good epic question and one that I think is a challenge for most shops...
Jun
2
comment Capture screen during exploratory testing
Have you tried Jing?
Jun
1
comment How to 'Mock' SVN
I'm sorry... when I read this question, all I can think of is "Look at me! i'm a stupid SVN! See how dumb I am!" kind of mocking... oy, it's been a long day...
May
31
comment Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?
+1 "If you get blamed for being responsible, your goal will be to not be responsible for anything. A vacuum of responsibility doesn't produce quality." Love this!
May
31
comment Are state transition diagrams a good software testing technique
There are two questions wrapped up into one here. First is a request for information of other state transition diagrams. Second is a question about the relationship between wizards and the states of a state engine. I think this question should be reworded for the first one to be more on the lines of "What other state transition diagrams are in use for designing software test cases?" The second question should be broken out into it's own question.
May
31
answered What are guidelines to use for exit criteria when releasing?
May
31
comment Who is ultimately responsible for issues that are found after software is released?
+1 for the excellent article
May
31
comment Should automated tests be efficient?
Agreed. The tool does have open COM architecture where we could add plug-ins to add our own support for components... but then we need to grab development support to do so which may be even less "efficient" for the company than simply using an "inefficient" means of performing a task. It's becoming a rather cliche response to questions like this but, "It depends.
May
31
accepted How do you determine critical areas to test when verifying multiple browser support?
May
31
comment Should automated tests be efficient?
Let me add that sometimes the technique you described, depending upon the tool and the component, may be the only way to perform that task. The tool I use, while wonderful, does not always have hooks into the components to do a "clever" search so sometimes the automation needs to be written "inefficiently" in order simply to perform the test.
May
31
comment Should automated tests be efficient?
What @Bruce said. This kind of question could spawn all sorts of varigated answers without really helping you.
May
31
accepted What proficiency should a software tester have in SQL?