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Calling all cobalt programmers

Posted by John Browne on Apr, 06, 2020 @ 15:04

You know you're in trouble when your critical legacy system is so old no one remembers the name of the language...

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Topics: Digital Transformation

The top 5 reasons not to move your desktop apps to Citrix

Posted by John Browne on Apr, 01, 2020 @ 05:04

The author diligently working from home.

Citrix was recently in the news for both good reasons and bad ones. Their stock price is soaring as people suddenly have to work from home to avoid spreading the coronavirus. And a United States Senator is coming under scrutiny for buying a lot of Citrix right after a committee briefing on the pandemic. 

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Topics: application modernization, desktop apps, Citrix, virtualization

ASP Classic Journeys: no-store

Posted by Mauricio Rojas on Mar, 24, 2020 @ 11:03

While doing a migration from ASP Classic to ASP.NET we encountered some usages of the "no-store" CacheControl.

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Topics: Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, ASP.NET/MVC, ASP, migration, upgrade

Migrating WebForms to Blazor (including sample code & survey!)

Posted by Mauricio Rojas on Mar, 24, 2020 @ 11:03

Blazor (the technology, not the piece of clothing) is a client-side framework that enables rich web UI using C# (and HTML and CSS) vs JavaScript. As you can imagine, every developer is ecstatic to dropkick JavaScript. There hasn’t been this much excitement around a UI framework since, well, JavaScript. What makes Blazor so powerful and appealing is that it offers a single UI programming model that is learned once and can be applied anywhere (web, mobile, etc.)

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Topics: .NET, .NET Core, mobile, migration, Blazor, WebAssembly, browser, webforms

Our statement on the COVID-19 pandemic

Posted by John Browne on Mar, 18, 2020 @ 05:03

These are extraordinary times.

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Topics: COVID-19

The Life Cycle of a Migration Project

Posted by Will Vasquez on Feb, 19, 2020 @ 15:02


A migration project, as most things related to Software, is not a trivial undertaking. 

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Topics: Modernization, migration services

Windows Update Kills VB6 Apps

Posted by John Browne on Feb, 13, 2020 @ 17:02

Not going to bury this lead1: Microsoft's latest update has stopped some VB6 apps from working. 

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Topics: Visual Basic, Microsoft, Windows security, VBUC, application security

The real reason the Iowa Caucus app didn't work

Posted by John Browne on Feb, 08, 2020 @ 12:02

February 6, 2020:

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Topics: software development, Mobile Application Development, Digital Transformation

Why pay for the VBUC when I can use the VS2008 Upgrade Wizard?

Posted by Will Vasquez on Feb, 03, 2020 @ 11:02

Some Context

A client contacted us to understand why is the VBUC a paid tool when there's a free conversion tool (Visual Basic Upgrade Wizard or VBUW) available in old versions of Visual Studio. Moreover, the client wants to convert their application to C#, and the free tool generates only VB.Net.

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Topics: VBUC

Apartment Threading: Those little details that make a world of difference between VB6 and .NET

Posted by Mauricio Rojas on Jan, 31, 2020 @ 06:01

Ok. Let go back a few years into early 90s, those great years just after the Rick Astley hits (“Never gonna give you up…”).

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Topics: application migration, Visual Basic Upgrade Companion, VB6, ASP, COM, IIS