Back from the road

Returned to Stockholm from a small tour… exhausted of course. Funny how playing and spending so much time together bonds you and makes new friends. I really had a great time with the band. The playing from the band also took of, and became better and better. For me too, even though a major split spoiled the very last note of the encore. Really embarrassing, but hey - that’s life. Gave (swedish expression) blood on my tooth though. More. More practice!
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I like

Found a “splitter” (the technical term i presume) that i liked, with the very descriptive name Slice Audio File Splitter. Seems to be free also, which means that i like it more ;-)
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Applause

Played a concert last night…. The sound of applause is so nice. The term rewarding has never been more appropriate. And yet the act in itself is very basic, almost childish. I wonder when that was invented. Or if it’s still different from different parts of the world. I’ve heard that deaf people don’t clap their hands but wiggle them instead, that might be used in other parts of the world also. I recorded the concert on my IRiver (love it) and today I will try to get hold of a program that splits Mp3’s.
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No phoneeating today

The test were not done by the end of yesterday, which leads to that my trusted mobile still is safe. From now on i will be more careful on what to bet on. Maybe smaller, easier to swallow things.
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myCssProp is not a known CSS property name

My good friend Fredrik “Fran” Anfelter found the solution of a very irritating problem. If Visual Studio 2005 is set to Treat all warnings as error, with warning level 4 (which both are good practices) you will get a LOT of error for any CSS-properties that is defined by you. This has to do with that no XML-schema exists to validate those properties for the .css-file. However there is a setting in Visual Studio 2005 that will help you to get rid of those errors. Under Tools->Options->Text Editor->CSS->CSS Specific the dialog to the right can be found. Simply uncheck the “Detect unknown properties” and the errors a but a memory from the past. The “formally correct” solution would have been to include a XML-schema that validates the properties used in the css-file. Two problems though: How do you point the xml-schema to the css-stylesheet? Who has the time to keep...
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NUnit testing asynchronous events

In my current project we are using a some asynchronous webservice method calls. The actual call are in turn encapsulated in a layer that is used by the GUI, the “ClientCommand”-layer. However when writing tests for these method we ran into trouble…. First the NUnit-framework is not very good at handling events at all, but by using this excellent article by Peter Provost i got a nice, compact way of doing the tests. Then it was the whole asynchronous thing, which really was hard to get by. The solution given above worked out fine as long as not any assertions went threw exceptions - but what is the use of that? So the simple solution to the problem was to simply wait for the event to fire and be handled. This was solved by setting a bool variable (bEventHandled) and not continue with the assertions until that bool was true....
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Eating my mobile... and a Nanbread

Today i might have to eat my mobile (QTek 8100) and an indian Nan-bread…. I have bet the IT-department at my customer that I would do that if the test-team has finnished their testing in one day (which is the set time). Although they never has done that before i am still a bit nervous. It looks really big and hard to … “handle”. I’ll try to find a loophole to get me out of it… maybe if i made a replica of marispan and ate it really fast they wouldn’t know the difference. To the right is a picture of my phonemodel… Gulp
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Bicycle comeback

Today when i bicycled to work it was, as always in Sweden this season, dark. So in order to see anything i switched on my headlight on the bike. My bike is not very good so for the third time in a short while (broken wheel, flat tire and not the headlight) something broke on the bike. About 200 meters after the light had faded for the morning i met a guy. He had just climed a steep hill and was not in a good mood. He probably also was a person very concerned with following laws and regulations. So, in a not very friendly mood, he shouted: “Maybe a lightbulb, don’t you think?” Of course we had passed each other before i could think of any good comeback. I laughed for while but then it has nagged me the whole day. This is the basis for a whole Seinfeld...
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New Besson Euphonium

Phew! After some turbulent times for Besson they are now back…. with some new euphonium models too. That would be something to dream of http://www.euphonium.net/articles/besson/besson.html Pretty cool that a new Sovereign models is released. I always thought that Besson had abandonded them for Prestige. The Prestige is just to expensive for hobby-players like myself… maybe when I am a millionaire..
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Get more use from NCover

This is just to good to be missed… In my current project I have implemented an automated build process, which includes some component testing done with NUnit. Yesterday I also added the use of NCover (http://www.ncover.org) which gives you some idea on how much that was tested. The reports from NCover is not very easily understood, don’t give you any overviews and is not easy to trace back to the code. So, with this background my eyes was running with tears when i found NCoverExplorer. A truly great and useful utility. And good-looking to :-) Be sure to get hold of the tool today: http://www.kiwidude.com/blog/2006/01/ncoverexplorer-debut.html And a big thank you to the “kiwi dude”. Great stuff!
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