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Katy Goodman of indie rock band La Sera discusses how she quit fooling around her long-term enthusiasm for coding and finally went for it. Along her journey as a musician, she kept on fiddling as a developer.

Continue reading through to uncover the story of this rock-geek girl.


La Sera front woman Katy Goodman is an indie rock star equally at home among musicians as she is, shall we say, among a geekier crowd. For proof, look no further than the fact that she’s gone back to college to get her computer degree, an outgrowth of her long fascination with computers and with the intellectual stimulation of programming.

Goodman has actually dabbled in coding with varying degrees of intensity over the years. The programmer side of her might not have seemed as obvious to her more casual fans, especially with Rolling Stone calling Goodman an “artist to watch” as it did a few years ago; it seemed like the stage—and recording studio—were where she was destined to call home. Nevertheless, long before fronting a group adept at big, insistent riffs and personal lyrics delivered in her dreamy, California-girl vocal style, computers were the thing she wanted to be around, a programmer the thing she wanted to be.

So much so, that Goodman found herself becoming a kind of hobbyist programmer, writing programs of her own in Visual Basic and coding her own websites for fun. She had ambitions, and she even thought about seeing where that interest might take her as she pursued higher education, but life, as it tends to do, got in the way.

“This is something that will run parallel to the band,” Goodman tells us. “We’re working hard on La Sera stuff, but that still leaves a lot of downtime, and I find programming super-fulfilling. Getting my (associate of science degree) in computer science is a nice way to fill up my empty hours and lets me use my brain in a different way. Also, it could lead to a career in the future.”

Now, she’s using her downtime between La Sera commitments to fully devote herself to getting to the next level in her knowledge of coding. She actually got started in earnest in December. She read through the book Learn Python the Hard Way, something that went fast because she’d already picked up Ruby some three years ago.

“Until very recently, I assumed that computer science classes would be ‘too hard’ for me to take,” she says. “But what this really boils down to is that I’m pretty scared of the unknown. Now that I’ve actually started studying this stuff, it’s not as hard as I thought it would be. I’ve read some articles that men tend to ’round up’ their abilities and women tend to ’round down.’ This tends to pop up a lot in programming because, in general, I tend to think I’m probably not as good as the people around me. But I’m slowly learning this is not the case.”

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