This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide 1Z0-808 and have Jeanne Boyarsky & Scott Selikoff on-line! See this thread for details.
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All jokes aside, I think the issue is more that the Java ME field is still a very small one - there's not, at least in the US, the same kind of thrust towards Java on mobile devices that there is in other countries. Hopefully, this will change over time, but that might also come more as there are increasingly powerful devices which give customers ideas of other things they want to do with them.
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!
Like Theodore said, mobile devices these days are more and more advanced and support more and more features. These will surely lead SCMAD to the stage where mobile devlopers have more interests in the exam. This is just a matter of time.
I don't think anyone doubts that the mobile space is growing - I think the question is the demand for certified programmers. I mean, there's not terribly much direction for it to go but up in the US, for instance...
And as I said earlier, the field is still very small. That's really what's keeping this forum quiet and giving the impression the SCMAD is dying.
It is meaningful how much J2ME has matured over the years, now present in the majority of cellular phones and PDAs, and how much it has still room to grow. Take a look at jcp.org, there you may see lots of new specifications being cooked up for J2ME based technology, including for example digital TV.
But yes, the SCMAD certification much less sought than for example the J2EE certification. Things take time to take off. I also think J2ME is a more specialised and demanding field of work than others, different from general-purpose programming platforms.