A friend of mine's a bit tired of what they do for work, they're considering getting into development. They did some light python development as part of their job and really enjoyed it, despite the lack of an IDE, debugger, etc, which they know nothing about.
Short of a degree, which seems like overkill, what's the best way to get into development? Can you do diplomas? Would you get a job with one of those?
I have a computer engineering degree and worked as a developer for 10 years before moving on to solution architecture, I just don't know the best way to go about it these days. I could teach them to code, but there's a bunch of background stuff you need to know - databases, version control, etc.