New url -

I’ve just registred, what i think is a quite good domain name: And the blog is now found under that name.

For non-techie people - here is the explanations behind the name:

  • My name is Marcus -
  • I am a software developer (and mayby a soft dude too, i hope) -
  • I program in .NET -
  • is quite like another computer related company, Microsoft

So here you are - hopefully the site will be something more than the blog - but this is it for now.

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Baby - for real

As I’ve hinted in earlier post we are going to have a baby! In January 2008.

Up to now a lot of things has been questions and guessing about how many, kind and most important health. But on Friday we went to an ultra-sonic scan and got to know a lot:

  • There is one - there are a lot of twins in the family but that is up to another family member to handle as it seems
  • It is a healthy person - and no we haven’t found out sex on it yet
  • It was a quite astonishing experience - i couldn’t imagine that they move around that much. We saw leg movements, hand waves and...
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NDoc is dead - long live Sandcastle?

As i written before Microsoft is plugging a documentation product called Sandcastle as a replacement for NDoc. I was wondering were NDoc had gone but today i found this article which explains a lot. The header of the article is quite scary “… death of NDoc”.

I’ve tried Sandcastle today and i am not impressed:

  • The product is still in CTP (Community Technology Preview) - and it shows. It is not done yet!
  • No good support exists (out-of-the-box) for MSBuild integration. There are some third-party product
  • It is sloo-ow. At least twice the time compared to NDoc.

I can only hope that these things will get better as the final release arrives. Or will it be part of Visual Studio 2008 - that is my guess.

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Couch in the house - finally

We have just bought a new sofa to our apartment. Or rather we bought about two months ago but a long, long story including delay for six weeks and delivery of part of the sofa has delayed the installation until… today!

If you like to wait and don’t wont your orders handled fast i can recommend Folkhemmet. I’ll get back on the quality of their furniture. Enough said!

So here is Elin taking a well deserved rest after putting the whole thing together… I helped a little bit.

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Marcus - the model?

OK - today was one of the strangest days in my working life - at least if you look on what i did…

Avega is doing a makeover of our website - which, if we are honest was needed for a while. On the site the want to show some of our consultant. Also they wanted to show their hobbies and activities from outside of work.

So i have been posing in my “working outfit” - that was quite a bit more formal than i usually have - and in the Salvation Army uniform and euphonium.

I pictures was actually quite nice, surprisingly with me on them… Nothing naked (as IF??) and just nice pictures. I post them and a link to the pictures on the Avega - site as they are released.

Also i found the whole experience quite nice - might strike up a new...

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TeamBuild 2008

Whooa - in the next version of Visual Studio (2008) they have put in a lot of work into the build engine. And if we are honest the version that exists today is not excellent…

But these introductions promise a lot, and a lot of good, good stuff too. I can’t wait to read and see more about this.

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I found a, what i thought was, hilarious sign in one of the major stores in Stockholm.

Above one of the cashiers a big sign hung that stated (roughly translation here) “No candy-exposure in this cashier”

How is it with the self-control of the people asking the store to up that sign:

  • “I’m sorry but i am on a diet and if i see a candy-bar i just must have it. Could you please have a cashier with no candy in it and put a sign above it so i know which one it is?”
  • “(smack) Yeah, i know i should not (chew, chew) eat these - but hey (gromp) it’s not my fault. Did you know that they put candy IN THE CASHIER??!! (smack) I stand helpless to that.”

For your information the rest of the store (as all stores) is cramped with candy and candy-exposure. I...

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Salvation Army banding in Stockholm

As many might know there are not many bands in the Salvation Army left. In the Stockholm area we have four that is functioning every week.

And now there have been considerable moving from one band to another; it is in reality only two families that has moved from the Södertälje Band to the Stockholm Southern Band. But that makes up about 8-10 playing persons so it will make a impact.

Since Södertälje is my home-band i really feel for them loosing so many players at once. But in one way that makes it all much easier - there is now only one way forward: lets start building something from the ground up. Build the band as the christian fellowship it is supposed to be instead of clinging to old merits that the band did 15-20 years back. Build the group not the reputation.

It reminds me of...

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New (better?) refactoring support for VB.NET

As I’ve written before the refactoring support in Visual Studio 2005 is non-existing (or at least very very bad) for Visual Basic.

So we have to settle with third party products. The best I’ve found is Refactor! but it’s not very good either (my studio hangs from time to time after installing Refactor!).

But now there are new hopes; a new version of Refactor! is highlighted when the studio is started. Download the new version here for free and see a movie about its use here.

Refacator! still has the coolest GUI I’ve seen for a long time. Not that usable maybe but cool.

I am keeping my fingers crossed for the product to be better than earlier versions… which is pretty hard when you are programming ;)

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