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 Mar 18, 2020 5:00:00 AM

These are extraordinary times. In our 23 years, Mobilize.Net has made a lot of friends around the world: customers, partners, and employees. And today our thoughts and hopes are with …

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Topics:COVID-19

by John Browne, on Feb 13, 2020 5:12:36 PM

Not going to bury this lead1: Microsoft's latest update has stopped some VB6 apps from working. Yeah. That day we always knew was going to come some day? Well, turns out …

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Topics:Visual BasicMicrosoftWindowsVBUCapplication security

by John Browne, on Feb 8, 2020 12:51:23 PM

February 6, 2020: Simple question. If you live somewhere other than the state of Iowa, can you find it on a map? I'm going to go with "no." Why? Because …

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Topics:software developmentMobile Application DevelopmentDigital Transformation

by John Browne, on Jan 16, 2020 5:38:15 PM

Alas Windows 7, we hardly knew ye. Actually, not true. We knew ye for almost 11 years, since the launch date was in 2009 and it was the OS that …

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Topics:Windows

by John Browne, on Dec 20, 2019 12:07:56 PM

Spoiler alert: this has nothing to do with app modernization. Frankly I'm a little ashamed to admit how many books are in my "to read" pile, which used to overwhelm …

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Topics:Extras

by John Browne, on Nov 25, 2019 10:55:18 AM

Microsoft Ignite is the largest (in attendance) Microsoft event; we were there with a big jar of Peanut M&Ms (r). You can see it here a little better: And you …

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Topics:Conference

by John Browne, on Oct 14, 2019 7:00:00 AM

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 …

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Topics:Conference

by John Browne, on Sep 23, 2019 6:06:00 AM

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 …

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Topics:vb.net

by John Browne, on Aug 26, 2019 11:32:13 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 Aug 21, 2019 1:52:56 PM

Dear CIO, I'm writing you today as a friend. Seriously. I'm not trying to sell you anything (ok, our sales department is probably trying to sell you something, but I'm …

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Topics:application modernizationVBUC

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