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Welcome to Dan Vega’s Personal Website

Congratulations on making it to the very end of the Internet. This is the personal website of Dan Vega, a programmer from Cleveland OH. I love to write about programming, technology or whatever else is on my mind at the time. If others can come to this site and learn from my experiences then the cost of hosting this site is well worth it.

I have worked very hard to get to where I am as a programmer. While most people go home from work and relax I am constantly perfecting my trade. I am a big math nerd who loves a good algorithm and I love that there never is a single way to solve a problem in my line of work. If you would find out a lot more about who I am and what I do please feel free to visit my about page which goes into a lot more details.


Recent Posts

Grails in Action 2nd Edition Bonus Chapters

Grails in Action 2nd Edition Bonus Chapters

I have been slowly but surely working my way through another book. Grails in Action the Second edition is a really well put together book. I enjoy the structure of the book and the fact that they introduce you to concepts early but don't give you everything right away and then dive deeper into those concepts later on. I also enjoy the sample application they have you build throughout the book called hubbub which is basically a twitter like application. Enough of my thoughts and on to the reason for this blog post. I didn't realize this but t[...]
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Groovy Podcast Episode 5

Yesterday I posted my thoughts on the Pivotal announcement that they would be dropping Groovy & Grails. Today the Groovy podcast released episode 5 and with 2 really big guests. Guillaume and Graeme joined Peter to discuss the Pivotal announcement. They also looked back on some of the big news they took away from 2014 as well as their excitement around the upcoming releases of Groovy 2.4 and Grails 3.0. If you're doing work with either of these technologies I think its a must watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UgpPy1LvXA0 If you a[...]
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Pivotal Drops Groovy & Grails Sponsorship

If you haven't heard by now Pivotal released a statement yesterday that they will be no longer be funding the Groovy & Grails projects after March 31, 2015. Since the acquisition of G2One by SpringSource in 2008, SpringSource, VMware, and subsequently Pivotal have collectively sponsored the Groovy and Grails projects. When the news dropped I was a little bit in shock. I was reading through all of the "Sky is Falling" comments on Twitter and I just couldn't believe this was happening. Pivotal In the statement release by Pivotal they ha[...]
Inserting a Groovy Date into a Time Stamp Column

Inserting a Groovy Date into a Time Stamp Column

I am working on a project where I am using straight SQL to insert a record into a database using Groovy. It's pretty darn easy in most languages to grab the current date / time and in Java you can do so just by creating a new instance of the Date class. [crayon-54c860c3cb08f624341932/] The problem with this (and the same goes for other languages) is that you can't insert that value into a timestamp column. I need to stick this date/time into a timestamp column and to do so in most languages you need to format this so it matches up to what a t[...]
7th Annual Toys for Shots

7th Annual Toys for Shots

Saturday December 20th we held our 7th Annual Toys for Shots and it was a huge success. Before I talk a little about this years event I would like to tell all of you who don't know, just how we got started. Seven years ago my friends and I thought it would be a good idea to throw a Christmas party. We decided to have it at McCarthy's Downtown Cleveland which as a small bar where we hung out a lot. It also helped that the owners Marc and Gretchen wanted to support the event. While we were planning the party I decided that I really wanted to be a[...]
WordPress on Digital Ocean

WordPress on Digital Ocean

I recently moved my blog over to WordPress which you can read all about here. I went through some of the reasons for moving to the Wordpress Platform but not much about the infrastructure changes that I made so I would like to do that here. My old website was being run on a VPS server with ColdFusion 10 installed. I was getting really tired of paying $35/month for just that site (that I was rarely using) and my charity event site so I decided it was time for a change. I started looking around at affordable cloud hosting and stumbled upon Di[...]
WordPress Admin Panel Blank

WordPress Admin Panel Blank

I am still pretty new to WordPress so when something like this happens I tend to freak out. I recently logged into my WordPress admin and noticed that 2 plugins needed to be updated. I selected both plugins and clicked update. The update went through its normal cycle and when it was done it redirected me to the clean, plain and boring white page you see below. I didn't think much of it and just refreshed the page, still nothing. I then went into Chrome Dev Tools and deleted all of the cookies so it would kill my session. This time I fina[...]