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 Aug 6, 2019 2:45:57 PM

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 …

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Topics:malwarevbscript

by John Browne, on Jun 3, 2019 3:08:25 PM

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 …

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Topics:VBUC

by John Browne, on May 15, 2019 5:58:00 AM

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 …

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Topics:MicrosoftConference

by John Browne, on Apr 25, 2019 5:37:00 AM

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" …

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Topics:application modernizationasp.net

by John Browne, on Apr 2, 2019 6:00:00 AM

Launch day! At least it is in Redmond where the Visual Studio team is celebrating the launch of VS 2019, and no, it's not an April Fools joke (that was …

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Topics:Visual Studiodevelopers

by John Browne, on Mar 11, 2019 11:37:36 AM

Welcome back. If you've been reading along, in Part 1 and Part 2 we talked about what PowerBuilder DataWindows do, how they are used, and the challenges of modernizing PowerBuilder …

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Topics:application modernizationWeb Application DevelopmentPowerBuilder

by John Browne, on Mar 4, 2019 2:20:17 PM

In Part 1, we reviewed the nature and popularity of PowerBuilder DataWindows, and yes PowerBuilder was pretty cool back in the day. But so were leisure suits. Now, however, nobody …

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Topics:Web Application DevelopmentPowerBuilder

by John Browne, on Mar 4, 2019 2:20:04 PM

The DataWindow object is the cornerstone of PowerBuilder application development. PowerBuilder apps are largely designed around accessing databases, typically for CRUD (Create, Read, Update, Delete) operations. In fact, most business …

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Topics:Web Application DevelopmentPowerBuilder

by John Browne, on Dec 19, 2018 3:55:45 PM

Recently one of our account executives asked me an interesting question. He had been contacted by an ISV who was slogging through a rewrite of a very large (millions of …

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Topics:application modernizationdesktop

by John Browne, on Nov 29, 2018 6:02:00 AM

Almost done. If you've been reading along, you know we got Docker for Windows running, created a dockerfile in Visual Studio, and published our app to a directory where Docker …

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Topics:asp.netDocker/Containers

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