This morning (May 21) I received an email from Oracle (firstname.lastname@example.org) to say that I passed the SCJD:
"We have received notification that you have passed your SCJD assignment. Your Sun Certified Java Developer (SCJD) certification has been processed and will be mailed soon. Please allow approximately 4-6 weeks for delivery.
For others who are waiting and might be frustrated, as I was, here is some info:
I took the essay exam on Feb 12, after I had submitted my assignment, so it took > 3 months to get a result.
The emails from which I got responses were:
The certification database site does show the SCJD cert:
Event Date/Time: May 21, 2010
Description: The status for program Sun Certified Developer for the Java 2 Platform changed to Manually Certified on Feb 14, 2010.
In any case, I learned a lot from the assignment, and I certainly recommend it despite the unreasonable wait at the end.
Thanks to many folks on this forum for all of the useful and encouraging info :-)