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John Browne

John Browne

John started programming computers in the 1970s when you had to use punch cards and wait until tomorrow to get your compile finished. In the ensuing years, he moved from mainframes to PCs and was an early employee at Microsoft, working on multiple products include Visual C++ and Excel. Since joining Mobilize.Net in 2012, he's been focused on helping customers understand their options to modernize legacy software. John and his wife live on a hobby farm near Seattle, WA with three chickens and two Border Collies.

Recent Posts by John Browne:

by John Browne, on Nov 18, 2020 1:09:37 PM

"Apollo 11 photo of Buzz Aldrin by Neil Armstrong" by Apollo Image Gallery is marked with CC PDM 1.0buzz Congratulations to SpaceX on successfully transporting four astronauts to the ISS …

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Topics:legacy modernization

by John Browne, on Nov 10, 2020 6:00:00 AM

How crazy has this month been, eh? Well, allow me to divert your attention for a few moments of respite. Today the .NET Foundation is announcing general availability of NET …

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Topics:.NET.NET Core

by John Browne, on Oct 2, 2020 1:16:27 PM

One of my colleagues just told me about a conversation he had with a major financial institution. Would it shock you to learn that VB6 is still running in some …

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Topics:VB6

by John Browne, on Sep 23, 2020 6:00:00 AM

I've got a 1 TB hard drive with a directory called "Projects" that is over 200 GB of stuff, most of which I could probably ditch. I've got VB6, C#/Winforms, …

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Topics:code transformationAssessmentRapidScan

by John Browne, on Aug 28, 2020 5:00:00 AM

Note: this is part 5 (and the end) of an on-going series about digital transformation in the time of pandemics. You can read part 1 here. Part 2. Part 3. Part 4. Like …

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Topics:Digital Transformation

by John Browne, on Aug 26, 2020 5:30:00 AM

It's no secret that Microsoft has dumped Silverlight like last week's leftover catfish. As of Oct. 12, 2021, there is no further support for Silverlight, which today is confined to …

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Topics:Silverlight

by John Browne, on Aug 19, 2020 5:00:00 AM

VBUC version 8.3 now supports .NET Core and is available for download today. There's a lot to unpack there, so let's get started. VBUC (Visual Basic Upgrade Companion) is, of …

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Topics:VBUC

by John Browne, on Jul 27, 2020 5:15:41 PM

VB.NET: we have to talk. Remember how great it was when we first met VB.NET? I couldn't stop thinking about you, how easy it was to write a Windows app …

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Topics:vb.net

by John Browne, on Jun 17, 2020 10:43:08 AM

Note: this is part 4 of an on-going series about digital transformation in the time of pandemics. You can read part 1 here. Part 2. Part 3. Drivers of legacy modernization It’s …

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Topics:Digital Transformation

by John Browne, on May 27, 2020 3:30:00 AM

Note: this is part 3 of an on-going series about digital transformation in the time of pandemics. You can read part 1 here. Part 2. We don’t have to look …

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Topics:Digital Transformation

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