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    This is the story of how Rick Wolter learned to program in prison and ultimately became a professional iOS developer.

    I figure any story that involves smuggling a python interpreter into prison on a USB stick seems like it might interest people here.

    But I think its also an important story because it’s about how software development can be life changing and lift people up out of hard situations.

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      Rad! Rick seems very personable and his achievements in his career and in building this org are impressive. This is a really inspiring story. Thanks for posting!

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        Thanks for reading / listening

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        This part really stuck with me:

        You’re stuck in there. You could study whatever you want in there all day long, do whatever you want and you still, at the end of the day, you’re just going to land your bunk and you’re not going to be able to do anything with it. And so, that is maddening and in its own ways.

        Not because it’s surprising, but because I actually realized how many people go through their lives without never putting into practice the things they study or doing what they actually want to do. In a way, it’s as if people were in a prison of their own making despite being “free”.