This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
The SCDJWS went live in July 2004 and is much more difficult to update as there are so many specifications to consider and possibly more specifications to add. And the SCDJWS was a royal pain to create in the first place (Head First book for SCJA)
Originally posted by Bert Bates: We helped Sun in the early planning stages for their course and with the exam objectives - it was a nightmare! Planning that normally takes a couple of weeks, took almost 6 months
Judging by the traffic in the forums I'd say that there is more interest in the SCEA certification than there is in the SCDJWS, so the SCEA may actually get updated before the SCDJWS. Also the changes in web services technology are much more evolutionary than revolutionary so the SCDJWS is still testing a good spectrum of basic knowledge even though the specs tested aren't the most current. Furthermore the development of web services technology is still far from plateau-ing, so any update will be (again) relatively quickly perceived as "antiquated" . All these factors give Sun the incentive to delay updating the SCDJWS for as long as possible � possibly into the next Java EE (6) version.
I also tend to agree with Peer - SCDJWS is one of the newer exams and probably lower in visibility and need to update. (SCJP is probably the exception to the rule of looking at the "older" exams first, since it's the most frequently taken Java exam in the series.)
However, I think that we'll probably see an update to SCDJWS sooner rather than later, with the changes that came wrt annotations and the like... so who knows, really...
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Whether the exam is updated for Java EE 5 or not, I still think this is one of the best certifications to obtain. Though the JEE 5 web service API will be much different than the J2EE 1.4 API, most srvices for a good while will be developed in J2EE 1.4 due to the fact that The industry will take a long while to convert to JEE 5. Not only that, but with the differences in SOAP 1.1 and 1.2, and WSDL 1.1 and 1.2, You're looking at HUGE interoperability problems even between 2 java apps: one running 1.4 and the other running JEE 5. Web services and SOA is moving at the speed of light, while platform and enterprise upgrades are moving at the speed which business allows. I think it will be a while before Java EE 5 based Web Services will even play a part in this arena. With that, I'm in no rush to see a SCDJWS for Java EE 5. It would be useless as no one would be using it.