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Codecrafter by [Sandbothe, Erica]
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Product Details

  • File Size: 294 KB
  • Print Length: 147 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Erica Sandbothe (April 11, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 11, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CF3E0Z6
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Format: Paperback
I received this book in return for producing an honest review of the book. No money or promises were exchanged. Simply a book given for an honest review.

To start off, the book is about a young girl named Tagglinde (Tagg for short) who is going to a school to learn how to be a sorceress. He spell work however is not your typical mystical fare but rather based in code and programming. She receives a magical stick that has a memory drive that she has to remember to defrag and her spells have to be written in proper code for them to come out and be usable. If you are familiar with any sort of coding you can see a lot of the connections between what she does in the book to actual coding, if not in a lot of ways everything is still very odd and mystical. I am not overly familiar with coding but I do know enough to be familiar with what was being talked about on some levels (most of what I have done has been BBC coding and very basic code to set up a web page back in the day).

Still, if you know about coding or you don’t the story is still and enjoyable read and is very well fitted for middle grade ages as Erica claims the book to be. The story was interesting and I wasn’t sitting there wondering when will this book end or regretting to volunteer to read the book. I only have one major complaint about the book which sometimes can be a good complaint and that is that the book wasn’t long enough. There were times where I would have loved a bit more pacing and a deeper exploration of certain things but all the same I enjoyed the read.
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One of the stated goals of the author is to introduce children and preteens to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), especially the dynamic world of programming and computer science. It's a cute Harry Potter-type knock-off, but unless the kids already know some language-based coding, they aren't going to understand or notice the coding that's cleverly worked in to the story. For example, kids are named Jay[0], Jay[1], etc. Unless the realize that's a coding convention, they're just going to think the teacher is weird. Maybe in subsequent books, she'll get into it more, but for right now, it's quite a stretch to think this is introducing them to STEM. She does do a much better job at teaching them that a girl can accomplish things by using her logical thinking and persistence.
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I finished the novel "Codecrafter" in two days and liked it a lot: I think that not only young girls, but also computer aficionados and pedagogues, would find it interesting.

Erica introduced in very few pages some mathematics principles (induction and pigeon hole principle) and a few programming principles (libraries, compilers and file permissions), and weaves them very cleverly in the story line, such that those are not merely background material but key elements of the story (e.g. the heroine escapes her enemies thanks to her understanding of the pigeon hole principle, and causes trouble because of properties of a Unix-like permission system of files).

It is definitely NOT an introduction to programming or computer science, rather just a hook, and definitely not sufficient by itself to "seduce" little girls to computer science, but it's a nice demonstration that such hooks are possible and attractive. I hope it will inspire many projects among the same line!
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By Carla on April 21, 2013
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I loved this book. It kept my interest until the end and I can't wait to read the next one! I really enjoyed the main character, Tagg, who is struggling to learn how to be a sorcerer. The magical creatures are interesting and often funny especially the lang-monsters. The sorcery spells are based on computer science. A very original idea! The story is engaging and suspenseful. I would recommend this fantasy to anyone who likes reading about a character coming of age in a magical world.
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Codecrafter: Erica Sandbothe
Becoming a sorcerer is one young girl's primary goal. Entering Tilde where she would take up residence for ten years was supposed to enrich her, help her become a Codecrafter and learn to forge her own magic spells. But, nothing seems to be the way she thought it would be for Tagg our newbie student. As the Lordsdaughter she is often ridiculed, harassed and made to feel unwanted since her father as been deemed a traitor and there are many who are out to not only get him but possibly kill her too. Coming to Tilde she would meet many sorcerers who would provide lessons that would be invaluable to becoming a Codecrafter and keeping her safe. Induction seems interesting as she learned to understand the reasoning behind why dominoes fall and the Pigeon Hole Theory. Learning from the start that she was basically on her own even though she had someone who was supposed to be protecting her, Tagg enter a world of programming, computer science filled with math, spells, technology and reasoning. Imagine even being exposed to Engineering and Math (STEM). Learning how to write her first spell, giving to what the author relates as a Lang-monster who either spits out what you are trying to create or creates a huge mess if you write the wrong code, Tagg feels challenged from the beginning. Finding a small box in front of her door proved dangerous. The end result if her protector did not realize it would have been fatal. Another incident with a key that has no rightful owner that anyone can trace lets Tagg know that she has to be on her guard at all times.
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