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The CS Detective: An Algorithmic Tale of Crime, Conspiracy, and Computation

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Meet Frank Runtime. Disgraced ex-detective. Hard-boiled private eye. Search expert.

When a robbery hits police headquarters, it’s up to Frank Runtime and his extensive search skills to catch the culprits. In this detective story, you’ll learn how to use algorithmic tools to solve the case. Runtime scours smugglers’ boats with binary search, tails spies with a search tree,
Paperback, 246 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by No Starch Press
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Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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“Don’t take it personally,” said Frank. “I don’t trust anyone.”

What a great introduction to data structures and some of their accompanying algorithms!
The stories in the beginning of each chapter made the technical descriptions really easy to understand.
The overall story was also engaging and, at times, made you want to know what's going to happen next. This way the technical concepts behind each event were much less scary and dry.
Quite surprised for the clarity this book brings into some
Jeanne Boyarsky
Oct 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: technology
“The CS Detective” is a fun book for learning about algorithms and performance. It's not language specific and it is easy to read. The book uses a story to tie together the algorithms. The story is about a detective who needs to find out who stole documents. It's actually a good story.

The analogies while introducing the algorithms are very well thought out. I like the actual maze for back tracking and the array cart for transporting animals. There are fun references sprinkled throughout like the
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have read all the books of Jeremy Kubica and I really liked this one. I think that, partly due to the explanations at the end of each chapter, it explains the different algorithms in a fun and clear way. The story and the learning material go really good together. It helped me to refresh my knowledge on search algorithms as well as it gave me new insights on how to explain them to laymen. And it did all that in a good detective story! :)
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is different in the sense that it is an unusual combination of what is performed on modern computers with a low technology society with wizards and effective spells. The primary character is Frank Runtime and in a widely used plot device, he is a disgraced former police detective that is now a hardened, cynical private investigator. There is a robbery at police headquarters and Runtime is recruited to hunt the perpetrator(s) down. It is another case where he can do things that are ...more
Gustav Bertram
Sep 23, 2017 rated it liked it
A very general introduction to algorithmic thinking, wrapped in an entertaining story.

Discusses some popular search algorithms, and basic data structures. Also has some interesting discussion about algorithms exploiting structure inherent in the data, pairing data structures to the algorithms, and adapting algorithms.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this is enjoyable especially if you are an IT person
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very informative, I strongly recommend it to anyone (especially youngsters) who wants to get a feeling on search algorithms
Jonathon Jones
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was a fun way to learn about these algorithms, although eventually I didn't care that much about the story anymore.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty good book that gives some insight into some of the (in my opinion) most boring concepts to learn.
Simple explanations of search algorithms told using a fantasy detective story.
Steve Gross
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Confusing and boring
Tom Sturgeon
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good book that helps explain how to approach problems with computational thinking.
Andrew Rangel
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is great for anyone whom is interested in learning more about Computer Science ideals and foundational aspects. It's a quick read, and if anything I was left wanting more about CS in this format. I highly recommend it to people ages 10 - 16 who have some interest in learning programing or thinking about choosing that as a field of study.
Nov 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book does a great job of humorously yet accurately describing data structures and searches in human terms. Obviously not a substitute for any kind of textbook, but a really fun read for anyone that has taken or is taking a data structures course. Appropriate for high school and above.
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