Online Course Masters Podcast with Phil Ebiner

I was lucky enough to sit down with my friend Phil Ebiner

I was recently featured in the Online Course Masters podcast. I sat down with my friend Phil Ebiner to catch up and talk about life because we haven’t seen each other in awhile and of course about creating online courses. 

Online Course Masters

Before we get to the podcast episode I want to tell you about Phil Ebiner and Online Course Masters. 

Adobe Flash is saying goodbye, but is everyone happy?

Adobe is finally saying goodbye to Flash Player

This Tuesday, Adobe announced that it would stop updating and distributing Flash Player at the end of 2020. There are plenty of reasons to be happy that it is going away but I can’t help but spend some time reflecting on the past. 

Adobe Flash

There are new standards in place that will carry us into the future and while I am glad to see Flash going away, I can’t help but be a little nostalgic today. 

What do you do when you get stuck on new technology

A question from a reader about what to do when you get stuck.

I recently received a really good question from a reader and I thought I would share it with you today and give you my thoughts on it. 

Hello Dan, After reading your about me page (“I am a self-taught programmer who firmly believes that you can accomplish anything in this life if you put your mind to it, roll up your sleeves and are willing to put in the work.”). I am really motivated to try new things and felt a rush of excitement. I wanted to ask if you get stuck on understanding new technology what do you do? I personally constantly google and use stack overflow. But it always takes some time to understand. Lastly, what books do you recommend a newbie programmer to read? Congrats on your upcoming wedding and honey moon. Thank you, Jesse

What do you do when you stuck on new technology

Thank you so much, Jesse, for taking the time to reach out to me. 

So you want to create an online course?

What are the steps it takes to create an online course.

I recently wrote this article on Medium and thought I would share it here with this audience today. I know there are a lot of Software Developers out there that want to get into creating courses and if that’s you I think you’re really going to enjoy this article. 

I get really fired up about teaching online because I enjoy doing something that is improving the life of someone else. It might be on a very small scale but I still like to think I am making a difference. I also enjoy that, on occasion, I get someone else fired up about teaching online.

Creating Online Courses

How to add validation to your Spring Entities

A Short tutorial on how to add data validation to your Spring Entities.

A student had a question about validating data at the domain level and so I thought it would share it with you. 

Spring Data Validation

Hi Dan, 

First of all thanks a lot for this great course. It really helped me to get into Spring. But now I’m facing a problem and didn’t find a solution yet. I want to use for my DTO classes annotations like @NotNull (javax.validation.constraints) or custom annotations. But both don’t work within spring boot. Do you know a good way or practice to solve this? Or is it too expensive to make these annotations work? If yes, is there a spring alternative for such annotations that execute a custom validation like a license-plate for instance? 

I hope this question isn’t too off-topic to this course and perhaps also interesting for another member of this course.

Best wishes,

Why every developer should start a blog right now!

What starting a blog can do for your career as a software developer.

In this article, I want to dive into why I believe that every developer should start a blog right now. This will be a little bit of a bias opinion because I believe this is where both my career and my life’s mission started.

Developer Blog

I realize that not everyone is walking the same path as I am in life. With that said I do see some real value in sharing your experiences as a developer with others. I am going to share my journey with you and give you the one thing I wish I would have known when I started blogging.

I Was Featured on the Ask Pat Podcast

My question was featured on the Ask Pat Podcast

I recently had my question featured on the Ask Pat Podcast. For those of you who don’t know Pat Flynn, he’s a very successful entrepreneur who runs the website Smart Passive Income. Smart Passive Income is a resource to teach you proven strategies for running an online business and optimizing it for passive income. The Ask Pat podcast is your business questions answered in a bite-sized podcast five days a week, Monday through Friday.

I can hear the questions coming in now. Dan, I thought you were going to stop blogging about business related topics. That is still my focus but in this case, I can assure you this article has some real value for my audience.  

A new look and direction for my website

What you can expect from this website going forward

Towards the end of 2016 and into the beginning of this year my website and blog have become a little stagnant. Part of the reason for this has been that with remodeling our new house and planning a wedding me and my fiance have been extremely busy. Another reason for this is that I have been wearing my entrepreneur hat a lot lately and have been involved in many different projects. With all of the projects that I have taken on, I lost the purpose of this website somewhere along the way and I want to address that today. 

I recently found myself asking some tough questions.

  • What is the purpose of this website?
  • Who does it serve?
  • What value does it provide to its visitors? 

I’m Engaged

So this happened yesterday! I got engaged to my best friend in the whole world and couldn’t be happier. I really wanted her to be surprised so this happened before brunch right next door to where we live (and met) overlooking downtown Cleveland. 

Huge shout out to Pier W for providing such and awesome location for our engagement. The whole staff there was awesome and treated us so good. Please click on the image below to view the gallery.

September 2016 Report Card

This was one of my more productive months on YouTube. I posted 17 videos this month and crossed the 100 total mark. I am really happy the consistency I showed this month. I am focusing more on getting content out there rather than it being perfect.

I spent a lot of my time this month focusing on my new course and Merch by Amazon. If you are following along you should of seen some blog posts and videos that have to do with my adventures into Merch.