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:
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.