Are you a "trusted" Java developer?

With less than a month to go now before Oracle OpenWorld and JavaOne in San Francisco, the news wires are alight with talk of the “new Java” as it develops under the watchful eye of his royal highness Mr Larry Ellison. News last week confirmed that Ellison will indeed use the opening keynote address to share his vision for the future of Java and no doubt this will be among the more keenly received addresses of the conference.

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In the meantime, “other” third party organisations appear to aligning themselves a little closer to the Javasphere, perhaps hoping for a slice of the latest Java pie when it is finally served up.

Among these is the Java Verified service, which is readying the launch of “Trusted Status” for Java ME developers. This new initiative is aimed at both the little guys who test a couple apps a year and the big publishing houses that test thousands of apps a year – with the goal of reducing costs for all, and driving more high-quality apps into the market faster. Earning the Java Verified mark of quality ensures that the app really works and is required by many app stores.

It is hard to fathom quite how this initiative sits in relation to the Sun Certified Professional (SCP) professional certification programme, which is already operated by the company to verify and maintain skillsets in both the Java programming language and the Solaris Operating System. It appears to suggest that this is a cheaper route to certification than Sun’s system, whether it is fully recognised by industry is another question.

According to the Java Verified team, developers earning Trusted Status have proven that the quality of their Java ME (mobile edition) apps is of a consistently high standard and have demonstrated unfailingly that testing to the Java Verified UTC standard is a crucial part of their product development activity.

“Right now we’re asking for feedback from JavaME developers as we move to finalise the programme for formal launch at next month’s JavaOne. We’ve established a public blog and have asked developers to provide feedback on quality specifics, with input coming in at a good pace,” said Russ DeVeau of Java Verified.

You can view the blog for yourself right here and make your own mind up.