Interview with a Wiki Ninja and 7-time WPF Guru Gold Medal Winner: Magnus (MM8)

Magnus MM8 is a 7-time Gold Medal winner of the WPF category of the TechNet Guru competition (see TechNet Guru Contributions).

Some information about Magnus:

  • 26,922 Recognition Points
  • Microsoft Partner
  • 9 TechNet Wiki Articles
  • 40 Article Edits

Some of his award-winning articles:

Let's get to the interview!

Who are you, where are you, and what do you do? What are your specialty technologies?
My name is Magnus Montin and I am 28 years old. I live in the Swedish capital of Stockholm and work as a senior consultant for a Microsoft Gold Partner IT consultancy company where I am developing software on the Microsoft stack at client sites on a daily basis. My favorite technologies are primarily C# and WPF but I am also strong in ASP.NET MVC, Windows Forms, WCF, T-SQL and Entity Framework.

What are your big projects right now?
I am currently architecting and developing an N-layered .NET solution for exchanging information about financial instruments between a few different investment banks. Besides this I am also participating a lot in the MSDN forums, especially in the WPF forum.

What is TechNet Wiki for? Who is it for?
It's a great place for both developers and other it professionals to find and share solutions for all kind of issues regarding Microsoft technologies, regardless of whether you are a student or an industry leading expert.

What is it about TechNet Wiki that interests you?
All my contributions to the TechNet Wiki have so far revolved around the monthly TechNet Guru competition. I was more or less introduced to the TechNet Wiki by an announcement of this competition in the MSDN forums, which is where I spend most of my community time.
The competition is especially interesting in the sense that you get your articles reviewed and commented by the judges. Apart from the competition, the ever growing knowledge base of the TechNet Wiki and the possibility it brings to share your knowledge to a large audience is what interest me the most.

What are your favorite Wiki articles you’ve contributed?
The following articles are three of my favorites:


WPF/MVVM: Binding the IsChecked Property of a CheckBox to Several Other CheckBoxes:
WPF: Programmatically Selecting and Focusing a Row or Cell in a DataGrid:  
WPF: Exporting Data from a DataGrid Control:

What could we do differently on TechNet Wiki?
I've had some issues with formatting the articles I have contributed. The editor isn't very user friendly and it seems like it adds a lot of line breaks and other unnecessary space when you click the save button sometimes. This is obviously something that could be improved.

Do you have any tips for new Wiki authors?
Make sure you spend some time on actual writing an article and don't just include some code sample with no explanations about the solution. You should also spend some time on the formatting and the segmentation of the content as this will make the article so much more readable and valuable to the community. Besides explaining your solution the best you can, you could also provide some links to related subjects for further reading.


Please join me in thanking Magnus for all his contributions!

   - Ninja Ed

Comments (10)

  1. Magnus, regarding the formatting issues, I believe these are all bugs that only appear in IE browsers.

    We’re meeting with the social tools team to discuss these issues.


  2. Durval Ramos says:

    Thanks Magnus 8mm,

    His articles serve as an example to all members that contribute on TechNet Wiki.

  3. Magnus,, thanks for your valuable contributions!

  4. Naomi N says:


  5. The IE compatibility issues are our #1 priority. Thanks!

  6. Magnus,

    Thanks for your contributions.
    And yes, the browser compatibility issues (like the extra line breaks) are a high priority.

  7. Congrats for the award and the for WPF Guru 7th gold medal.Interview with a Wiki Ninja and 7-time WPF Guru Gold Medal Winner: Magnus (MM8)

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