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Guess the M&Ms: a data analysis

Posted by John Browne on Nov, 25, 2019 @ 10:11

Microsoft Ignite is the largest (in attendance) Microsoft event; we were there with a big jar of Peanut M&Ms (r).

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Topics: #msignite

These are the sessions you need to attend at Ignite 2019

Posted by John Browne on Oct, 14, 2019 @ 07:10

I know, I know. You still haven't waded through all the archived sessions from last month's .NET Conf and here I am talking about Ignite, which is only about a little over three weeks away.

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Topics: #msignite

Let's talk .NET Core

Posted by John Browne on Sep, 23, 2019 @ 06:09

If you develop for Windows you have to know about .NET Core (and if you don't develop for Windows why the heck are you reading this blog?). Well, in case you've been under heavy sedation, let me fill you in: .NET Core is the open source version of the .NET Framework, giving it reach from Windows to Linux and MacOS. Up to now, .NET Core has been interesting only to people who wanted to develop for UWP or ASP.NET but that's all changed with Version 3, which is available as a release candidate now. Among other goodies are support for C# 8.0, ReadyToRun (R2R) executables, and support for Winforms and WPF apps.

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Topics: dotnet

All VBUC release notes

Posted by John Browne on Aug, 26, 2019 @ 11:08

Turns out it might be helpful to some folks to see a list of all the improvements that have been made to the VBUC over the years. It also turns out I can only go back to VBUC 6.5 (from October 2015) with my records. I'll keep this updated as we release future versions.

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Topics: VBUC

Security or app continuity? An open letter to CIOs

Posted by John Browne on Aug, 21, 2019 @ 13:08

Dear CIO,

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Topics: application modernization, VBUC

Windows Update Kills VB6 Apps

Posted by John Browne on Aug, 19, 2019 @ 13:08

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

VB strikes again

Posted by John Browne on Aug, 06, 2019 @ 14:08

I completely missed this when it was announced in 2017 but sure didn't miss it when ZDNet published this yesterday. Microsoft is killing support for VBScript in IE11 in August's Patch Tuesday which un-ironically is on the 13th this month. We'll get to why in a minute (spoiler, it involves one of those places you really don't want to visit).

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Topics: malware, vbscript

Casamba takes a different path to app modernization

Posted by John Browne on Jun, 03, 2019 @ 15:06

Casamba is a national leader in providing electronic medical record (EMR)  enterprise software to skilled nursing facilities, outpatient therapy clinics, contract therapy providers, and home health and hospice agencies. Founded in 1997, Casamba's products are used by more than 275,000 providers across the United States.

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Topics: Visual Basic Upgrade Companion

Forget GOT, we've got Build videos!

Posted by John Browne on May, 15, 2019 @ 05:05

Last week was Microsoft's annual developer conference aka Build. Three days of total software geekitude: Azure, IoT, .NET, Visual Studio, and even a doggie petting zoo. Yes, your modern developer apparently gets so stressed out at a Microsoft conference that they need to rub a Golden Retriever's ears to calm down.

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Topics: Microsoft, #MSBuild

What we talk about when we talk about application modernization

Posted by John Browne on Apr, 25, 2019 @ 05:04

I just finished reading a white paper from a highly-respected technology company about their definition of application modernization. Their definition of application modernization is "repackaging" legacy applications for "more agility" including some "cloud native" features.

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Topics: application modernization, containers