OneNote vs Highlighters & Paper

What is This?

There was a time when I used to prefer to print documents so I could make notes on them and kind of map things out.  Needless to I have not needed to do that in a long time.  Until yesterday.

I had written a test, bigger than a unit test but nothing huge.  I needed to test my methods that would take a string from a database with special mark-up and make it into JSON.  The special mark-up would allow information from another database to be injected and some XMLish in it would map fields from our object to the JSON.

I had three text things I needed to view; the source string, the data object, and the JSON generated.

I had two tests like this and did the first one the old-fashioned way.  I printed each text on its own paper and went to work making sure things were correct.

Is There a Better Way?

I thought to myself there has to be a better way.  Or at least a way to not use all this paper.

Naturally I thought of OneNote.  At first I hoped to place each text item into its own note, pop them out across my monitors and go.  I could not pop my notes out.

Finally I made a note with a three column table.  I had to stretch it some but it worked!  Maybe not as easy but I had more color choices, less paper, and I technically could keep this note as proof.  Although once I knew things were correct I knew my expected string was correct.

I do not know if I will need to do something like this again, but if I do you can bet I will go to OneNote first.

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About SheldonS

Web developer for over 15 years mainly with Microsoft technologies from classic ASP to .NET 4. Husband, father, and aspiring amateur photographer.

Posted on June 7, 2017, in OneNote. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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