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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.

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by John Browne, on Jul 6, 2022 5:23:37 PM

In the last 12 hours two blasts from the past showed up in my feed. First, this excellent github readme which is a super-simple explainer of what exactly assembly language …

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Topics:Assembly languageCOBOL

by John Browne, on Dec 7, 2021 11:31:47 AM

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 …

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Topics:VBUC

by John Browne, on Nov 8, 2021 9:05:33 AM

Here's the back story: senior development manager needs to move a legacy desktop application to the web. Our company gives him a proposal for a migration. The C-suite asks him …

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Topics:application modernizationapplication migrationWebMAP

by John Browne, on Sep 1, 2021 8:17:24 AM

Possibly the single-most wildly anticipated and over-hyped IPO of 2020 was Snowflake (SNOW:NYSE), a hot provider of cloud data warehouse software. (Snowflake, in keeping with all hot young startups, likes …

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Topics:Snowflakecloud-data-warehouse

by John Browne, on Jul 21, 2021 5:01:22 PM

This is a tale of two projects: one which never was, and one which never should have been. One of the great pleasures of life is meeting interesting people, and …

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Topics:application modernizationVB6

by John Browne, on Jun 15, 2021 4:45:44 PM

Today we released the Visual Basic Upgrade Companion version 9.2 for general availability. You can download a trial version here. With this release we have focused on improving the user …

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Topics:VBUC.NET Core

by John Browne, on Mar 16, 2021 1:01:10 PM

I was fooling around with Google Maps the other day and got to thinking it would be cool to visually show where our customers are around the world. Google Maps …

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Topics:application modernizationapplication migration

by John Browne, on Feb 25, 2021 6:30:00 AM

We have some excellent news for those of you still hanging on to old ASP.NET Web Forms apps. Finally there's an alternative to rewriting them from scratch to get off …

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Topics:asp.net coreASP.NET Web Forms

by John Browne, on Jan 26, 2021 5:00:00 AM

Let's talk Silverlight--specifically how the heck do you get off it without pulling all your hair out? Well, because Silverlight is SO old, perhaps we need a brief refresher before …

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Topics:application migrationSilverlight

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

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