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Philip Brittan

Philip Brittan has been writing software and running software companies for 15 years. He grew up on a ranch in Montana and has a degree in Computer Science from Harvard University. He was lead developer, then VP Product Development, and finally CEO of financial software firm Astrogamma. Philip then founded and ran software development firm Spheresoft, and then founded Droplets, Inc., of which he is currently Chairman. In addition to starting companies and writing Java code, Philip enjoys skiing, hiking, mountain biking, composing music, and playing with his kids.


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Java vs. .NET, part 4 - Java is a language, .NET is not

Posted by pbrittan on August 22, 2003 at 9:09 AM PDT

Java takes a language-specific approach to solving problems, .NET takes a platform-specific one

The Internet Has Been Good to Microsoft Office

Posted by pbrittan on August 21, 2003 at 2:32 PM PDT

Standards, and corresponding monopolies, can occur naturally

Believe it or not, there are times when I feel some empathy for Microsoft. After all, I myself was once a small-time monopolist.

Java vs. .NET, part 3 - Open Standards

Posted by pbrittan on August 21, 2003 at 7:33 AM PDT

Java’s traditional weapon of choice


Posted by pbrittan on August 19, 2003 at 7:05 AM PDT

Single points of failure can be entire systems. Prevention may lie in "fencing in".

XP, User Champions, and Software Vendors

Posted by pbrittan on August 13, 2003 at 6:28 AM PDT

Software vendors are in a better position than enterprises to have the full-time user champions that Extreme Programming requires

ASP.NET and Smart Clients

Posted by pbrittan on August 12, 2003 at 6:54 AM PDT

Microsoft makes money from Windows desktops, not from browsers

In response to the the latest installment of my Java vs. .Net series, a number of you responded with a focus on ASP.NET. ASP.NET is Microsoft's way of delivering browser-based DHTML applications.

Paradigm Shifts

Posted by pbrittan on August 8, 2003 at 7:48 AM PDT

Two articles recently got me thinking about the fact that paradigm shifts can be born out of convenience or necessity.

Java vs. .NET, part 2 - The Nature of the Beast

Posted by pbrittan on August 6, 2003 at 11:35 AM PDT

What is Microsoft trying to do?

Docs >> Forms >> Apps

Posted by pbrittan on August 5, 2003 at 10:10 AM PDT

There is a natural evolution of platform technologies from document publishing to forms processing to application delivery. The Web is the leading example of this, but Adobe Acrobat PDF and Microsoft InfoPath are on their way.

Software Usability Case Study: Novices and Power Users

Posted by pbrittan on August 4, 2003 at 5:31 PM PDT

Yes, you can support both