Saturday, April 01, 2006

Interesting Events...

Last night was poker night at my friend Sean Dillons house. (Make sure to read this all of the way through, some big news to announce!)


All of the usual suspects were there, including Mark Piermarini (frequent contributor to asktom with answers to things Java related, as you can see - he was doing pretty good in the beginning of the evening)



And Tyler Muth (frequent contributor of htmldb - also known as APEX - answers on asktom)


There were a few people who used to be "Oracle" but are now Microsoft employees - such as Colin Nurse (don't people just get Evil looking when they convert like that?)


Anyway, I was not doing nearly as well as Mark was (he looks pretty smug about it too doesn't he)


And ran out of money pretty early (about 1am... We finished up at 3am or there abouts) It was at that point, after losing the money, my watch and other assorted items of financial worth (you can see my money sitting right here, in front of Sean)


That they (the evil MS people) came up with what seemed to be a good idea at the time. "All or nothing" - I bet my job for the pot. If I won, I stay at Oracle and I get the pot. If I lost the hand, I had to quit and convert.

I think this picture says it all. I'll be moving across the street on Monday to become a SQLServer developer:

Tom accepts a job with Microsoft.

It cannot be that much different from Oracle - and the view from the window will be about the same - it is literally across the street. How different could it be.


Anonymous SeanD said....

Welcome aboard, Tom. It's good to have you, and I'm sure all your readers are going to LOVE your newfound beloved product, SQL Server 2005. Cya on Monday for your chip implant.

Sat Apr 01, 10:27:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Didier said....

Won't you feel there like a fish out of water, Tom ?


Sat Apr 01, 11:25:00 AM EST  

Blogger Kevin said....

So, who's really hot girlfriend was in the pot? Because there's only one thing that would explain "it seemed like a good idea at the time" -- and a bunch of plastic chips ain't it.

Oh, and no defending yourself on this -- the other thing that popped into my head was "but they only want you for your multiversioning", which was just far too geeky for comfort.

Sat Apr 01, 11:28:00 AM EST  

Blogger Christopher Beck said....

Now that both my fellow authors have jumped ship, I am officially announcing that will be open for business come monday morning.

Sat Apr 01, 11:42:00 AM EST  

Blogger Tim... said....

I wonder if that story will get on to slashdot? Oh, I forgot, it's not about Google :)



Sat Apr 01, 11:44:00 AM EST  

Anonymous Mark A. Williams said....


Non-authoritative answer:


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Sat Apr 01, 11:45:00 AM EST  

Blogger Niall said....

Nice, I hope the spaghetti is good.


Sat Apr 01, 12:08:00 PM EST  

Blogger Alberto Dell'Era said....

It's going to be ""

Google buys MicroSoft

But probably, by the end of the day Oracle will buy Google, so everything is going to be right again.

Sat Apr 01, 12:09:00 PM EST  

Blogger Eddie Awad said....

Happy April's Fool Day!

Sat Apr 01, 12:12:00 PM EST  

Blogger DaPi said....

It cannot be that much different from Oracle
I'm sure I've read in your books that all RDBMS are the same - you'll have no problem.

Sat Apr 01, 12:41:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Mark A. Williams said....

Don't you just have to change ":1" to "@1"?

Sat Apr 01, 12:58:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Carlos said....

Well, it reminds me of... Darth Vader and the Dark Side.

I can imagine something like...

TK: "Howard (or Mark, David, etc...) I am your father..."

Happy first of April.



Sat Apr 01, 01:20:00 PM EST  

Anonymous blo said....

Hell is freezing over:)

Sat Apr 01, 01:24:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

Happy Fools Day!!!

Sat Apr 01, 01:51:00 PM EST  

Blogger DaPi said....

+"Don't you just have to change ":1" to "@1"?"
Is that another good reason not to use bind variables?

Sat Apr 01, 01:51:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Mark A. Williams said....


Exactly. To maintain platform independence it would be better to code the values right into the statement.

Sat Apr 01, 02:04:00 PM EST  

Anonymous mp said....

When is your book "Expert SQL Server architecture" finished ;-)

Sat Apr 01, 02:24:00 PM EST  

Blogger Peter Lewis said....

I just knew there was a reason for MS Access.....

Sat Apr 01, 06:25:00 PM EST  

Anonymous Ram said....

I almost believed it! Glad someone reminded me it is April 1.

Sun Apr 02, 05:00:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous doug c said....

That was a good one Tom. You're the only one who tied my shoelaces together all day. :-)

Sun Apr 02, 05:26:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Aman Sharma said....

Too bad!I checked asktom,read the blog again but still couldnt beleive.than saw the date:(
Happy Fool's day to me..

Sun Apr 02, 05:51:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Bob Bunch said....

Another Yuenging drinker! Hope that wasn't part of the gag... ;)

Sun Apr 02, 07:34:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

Yuengling beer is brewed right near where I grew up. I grew up in Bethlehen Pennsylvania - it is brewed in Pottsville.

Sun Apr 02, 08:24:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Gleisson Henrique said....

I see I am not the only one addicted to Google Maps. Heck, I love everything Google does. I admit I am a Google worshipper.

Sun Apr 02, 11:11:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Thomas Kyte said....

I see I am not the only one addicted

I've made similar comments about google myself

Sun Apr 02, 11:16:00 AM EDT  

Blogger Gleisson Henrique said....

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Sun Apr 02, 08:36:00 PM EDT  

Blogger Gleisson Henrique said....

I've made similar comments about google myself

Yeah, I remember reading one of posts that Google is
a company you would be interested working for not M$ :O)

Did you fell for Google Romance too ? I did.

Ps. I couldn't find the link for the post, but I am pretty
sure there is an entry Tom talks about that.

Sun Apr 02, 08:38:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

April Fools April Fools April Fools.

This is a nightmare right?? A joke .... :)

Sun Apr 02, 10:20:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Bill Gates said....

Hey Tom,

Welcome Aboard!

I'll be giving Larry a call tomorrow morning so he can congratulate me on my great fortune.

This more than makes up for the engineer we lost to Google. I think I saw Steve Balmer picking up chairs instead of throwing them.

Tom, yuo have your work cut out for you on SQL Server.

Sun Apr 02, 10:22:00 PM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

This will be the first Microsoft SQL Server ?

How can I setup Real Application Clusters in SQL Server 2005? :)

Mon Apr 03, 08:53:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous joao said....

Classic picture of you Tom. I think that needs to go on the inside jacket of your next book.

BTW: What kind of Lager are you drinking? Is it a local brew to the northern VA area?


Mon Apr 03, 09:35:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

If you put glasses on Tom, he could be a Bill Gates lookalike. I think Tom should be that to the company Halloween party (If they have one).

Mon Apr 03, 11:26:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

I think the evil photo does not do me justice. However Tom was fairly evil to me all night. Add to this he refused to RECANT all night long!

You needed to be there!!

Colin N

Tue Apr 04, 12:28:00 AM EDT  

Anonymous Anonymous said....

April Fool?

Tue Apr 04, 06:55:00 PM EDT  


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