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.
I am glad to see that there is a reference book for this certification as having passed SCJP and SCJD I am interested in taking this certification next. I just wondered as I noted the book is published in the UK whether there is any update on it being published internationally? If not hopefully it should not be a big issue to import it from India. I am based in the UK. The reason for interest in the certification is that I am involved in a non profit mobile application development project. I have experimented with Java mobile development but have not had any need to write mobile Java applications commercially. I found the certifications I have taken so far have been good for expanding and rounding out my knowledge of given subjects. Truth be told I have know idea how much of a difference certification makes to employability and such as there seems to be quite a lot of debate on that issue but if nothing else I think the knowledge gained revising for the exams made a difference.
I think it is a shame that the JavaME-less iPhone is seemingly taking the mobile phone space by storm. Here in the UK 75% of smart phones are iPhones now. This saddens me as a JavaME developer as I still believe JavaME has much to offer. At least in terms of the project I am working on it is aimed at poorer individuals and those in developing countries where I believe JavaME is strong. Poorer people aren't really Apple's target audience so I hope JavaME stays strong in this space for some time.
Programming isn't about writing code. It is about managing complexity.