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This is the personal website of Dan Vega, a Programmer, YouTuber, Teacher and Blogger from Cleveland OH. I love learn technologies and share those with others. I have a real passion for teaching others and giving back to the communities that give me so much.


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Learning Ratpack by Dan Woods

Learning Ratpack by Dan Woods

My copy of Learning Ratpack arrived today and I was really happy to see it. This is going to be my next technical book that I read but I do have a couple non technical books already scheduled ahead of it . Ratpack is an lightweight framework for the JVM that allows you to build robust, highly scalable reactive web applications. What I am really excited about though is this book is written by Dan Woods. I have met Dan a few times and always enjoy listening to him speak at conferences. If you're looking to learn more about Ratpack don't wait for [...]
Udemy Pricing Change 2.0

Udemy Pricing Change 2.0

Udemy announced another set of pricing changes this week. I created a short video to talk about those changes and share my thoughts on the change. I would love to get your feedback from both a student and instructor perspective so please chime in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BRnS0d4_gs[...]
WordPress hosting for 2.95 month: Today Only

WordPress hosting for 2.95 month: Today Only

Today only you can get WordPress hosting for only 2.95 per month. The best part about this is it only takes minutes to setup your own website. I have videos and a whole tutorial that shows you how to set your account up. You don't need to be a programmer to get your own site running today. Use the link below to sign up and take advantage of this one day only sale. When you have signed up come back to this post and use the resources below for help. www.bluehost.com/track/therealdanvega Wordpress Setup https://www.youtube.com/watch?v[...]
Blab Shuts Down

Blab Shuts Down

In a surprising move out of nowhere yesterday Blab shut down. If you head over to their website you will see the following.               There is a really great article written up on why they shut down Blab and what their next plans on. If you follow this blog you will know that I wasn't the biggest fan of Blab but I will admit it started growing on me lately. I think I was always judging the platform for my needs and maybe not what it was intended for. I wanted a really great plat[...]
Spring Boot Entity Scan

Spring Boot Entity Scan

I absolutely love hearing from my students. I understand some of the problems they are facing because I am usually facing those same problems. I don't always know all of the issues though and that is why I love getting questions in my course. Lately I have had more than one student ask something like this... Hey, I'm trying to get JPA to create the post and author tables and view them in the H2 console.  I copied every step in the video and tried the suggestions to change the JDBC url to :testdb.  I've also tried changing spring.datasource.nam[...]
2016 Favorite Programming YouTubers

2016 Favorite Programming YouTubers

I threw this question out on reddit this morning and so I thought I would also ask you guys. What programmers are you following on YouTube? I am looking to create a list of programmers who are active on YouTube. They could be sharing their thoughts on the industry and or creating tutorials that help others out. If you guys can help me out I will share my list here when I am done putting it together. Thanks and have a great day! I really want to put a list together of the content developers want to watch. They don't need to be rock stars in th[...]
Contributing to the Groovy Website

Contributing to the Groovy Website

I recently had the opportunity to contribute to the Groovy website. The website is open source and on Github so it was really easy to get started with. Contributing to an open source project isn't always all about adding that cool new feature to the core of the project. I wanted to add a resource on the learn page so that people could find my course. I am probably a little biased but I think my course is one of the best resources around on learning Groovy. So now on top of teaching folks how to use the language I made some updates to the websit[...]