Chapter 8Lists, Trees, and Tables

The popularity of StarTrackr! has just skyrocketed, after exposing an ill-conceived publicity stunt where a celebrity faked his own death and tried to leak the news via Twitter. Thankfully, the celebrity happened to be “B-grader of the week” on StarTrackr!, with several users alerting the media that his tracking device indicated that he was, in fact, in an exclusive local day spa. The droves of new users and intrigued old-school media types flocking to the site have created a tidal wave of data, which the site’s administration section is struggling to keep up with. Our client is worried that a lack of good information is being promoted in favor of more tabloid pursuits, lost in a mountain of unstructured lists ...

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