2 posts • joined 22 Aug 2008
Can't Compare CA salaries vs WA
You really can't directly compare salaries of engineers in largely California based companies like Google and Facebook, vs Washington state salaries. California (and especially the SF bay area where Google and Facebook are) has much higher cost of living and thus higher wages. 90K in WA is easily better than 100K in CA. MS employees are not missing out on anything there. Now the weather on the other hand....
Not all javafx apps suck
The Sun samples are pretty minimalistic (and definitely not designed by a graphics design expert), but that is not due to an inherent limitation in the technology. Although there are no WYSIWYG design tools, the scene graph support with stackable effects can be used to create some pretty impressive user interfaces with very concise code. (and everyone knows WYSIWYG designers only work on toy applications anyway)
As an example, WidgetFX is an open-source javafx framework similar to Yahoo Widgets or Google Gadgets, which shows a little more of the potential of the framework: