I got 93% on my OCJP exam, here is how I did it

This week I finally took the Oracle Certified Java Professional exam (formerly SCJP) that I planned a long time ago. During the first year at Uni I figured it wouldn't hurt to get some certificates during the course of my studies. I'm not really biased towards Java in any way, but that's the main language we got taught during my first year, and a few people told me that those Sun/Oracle certificates are actually worth something. Last month, after a couple of delays I finally managed to plan the exam for this week. The result exceeded my expectations: My score was 93%! Needless to say, I'm very happy with that. I approached studying for the exam in a very methodical way, so I thought it would be nice to do a write up on how I prepared and what materials I used.

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Burglar's Doom - An Arduino Project

Keeping my blog up-to-date, while being busy with Uni and work is harder than I anticipated. So when I can squeeze in a little moment to share some stuff here, I'm always happy when there's a long overdue subject waiting to be covered! Today, I'm gonna share the result of a litte project with you that I built a few months ago during one of the courses in my minor, Mobile Life. It's centered around the Arduino and I built it together with my classmate. Sadly, because University failed to order the right sensors, none of our original ideas came to fruition. Instead, we decided to put together a burglary alarm that notifies the victim through Twitter. It's called.... Burglar's Doom!

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How to: Speed up your websites!

Proud as I am of my brand-new, sexy website, I realize there's always things that can be improved. One of these things I was made aware of today by Kye, of the Diem community: the speed of this website. Admittedly I had already noticed it was somewhat on the slow side. But only when Kye confronted me with a report from webpagetest.org, I realized how bad it really was. So, with some tips from Kye, and some further googling, I set out to speed it up somehow. Because I think many (aspiring) web developers struggle with this problem, and because I've discovered how easy the improvements can be, I decided to share them with you all!

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