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Apache Solr 4 Cookbook

Before reading this book I have never even suspected so many kung-fu things can be done with Apache Solr (Lucene)!

To name a few: using a spellchecker, indexing binary formats (as PDF), breaking words apart, removing markup, handling plural and singular forms of words, incorporating geolocation, integration with a RDBMS.

This book definitely serves as a blueprint to doing development with Solr – it has all the necessary coverage from setting properly your environment up, incorporating other technologies as Nutch to going live and fine tune your system including an effective guide on how to deal with potential problems. As a bonus, there is a “Real-life” section that provides some help to tackling additional scenarios that the author faced in his practice, which did a lot of sense to me to be included into a Cookbook style of a publication.

The book is thoughtfully structured starting with a short description of a task at hand with how it was tackled to explaining in the details all the intricacies as what configuration needs to be affected.

The book is also very well structured paragraph-wise, it starts with the basics as installations and setting a few simple things up to dealing with more complex tasks as the book progresses toward the end. What I mean, Rafal has made this book very useful in an electronic form, for example a developer or (administrator) can quickly find in the book the needed information based on a desired accomplishment and even can copy and paste the sample configuration for further editing. To say more, the book has a good reference to several relevant supporting/complementing tools. And it would be needless to say that at the same time the author delves deep enough into how-tos of using the Solr GUI itself.

While I am still expecting my older laptop rebuilt I am really willing to get my hands on Apache Solr, this is how whetted my appetite is to explore it more after I am nearly done reading the book.

Verdict: I am sure having this book beside you will make you feel more confident in delivering your project on time with the best possible results.

It is a full 5 out 5 star rating, a big thank you Rafal and Packt Publishing!

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2014 11:40 AM | Back to top

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Thank you for your positive feedback. This makes me keep going!
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