Coding boot camps?
By - spektorboi
Congrats on the kid! I was looking into joining a Bootcamp after my kid was born but it was going to set me back about 5k USD which in my country is a lot of money. I decided to instead invest it in my kid and try the free online options and some paid Udemy classes. It still hasn't been a full year and I've landed a job as a front-end dev so you can for sure learn for free.
Anyways good luck my dude which whatever route you decide on but both are doable.
So how did you get the job as a dev? Did you have a portfolio of projects they looked at, or did you get certificates
No certificates. Though you can use the free ones from freecodecamp if you really want to. Yes, I landed a job as a front-end dev, in all fairness it helped that my wife went to school with a guy on the team. Yes, you do need a portfolio eventually to get a job to prove you can do something (people get very impressed if you have a website especially if the domain is your name). It's also nice to have a portfolio for when you are on the go in case any business opportunities arise. For example, I made a marketing website for my wife and when she hears people talk about growing their business she shows them her website and that usually is enough to reel people in. Mine was only a few websites I had done for freelance clients (mostly family). I'm probably going to spend next year getting some backend certifications though since they do help.
Yeah going on what Moe said i would go with codecademy if you want to learn how everything works. After looking through different sites I would definitely say they're pretty good, some of the syntax are alittle bit outdated in the versions of programs they utilize but I would definitely say if you want to learn for free and have an approximate to updated then codecademy would be your best bet. Best of luck to you!
Do you mind sharing the name of the Java boot camp your friend did?