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Product Details

  • Paperback: 418 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (November 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849516065
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849516068
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,056,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Born to code, David Smiley is a senior software engineer, book author, conference speaker, and instructor. He has 12 years of experience in the defense industry at MITRE, specializing in Java and Web technologies. David is the principal author of "Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server", the first book on Solr, published by PACKT in 2009. He also developed and taught a two-day course on Solr for MITRE. David plays a lead technical role in a large-scale Solr project in which he has implemented geospatial search based on geohash prefixes, wildcard ngram query parsing, searching multiple multi-valued fields at coordinated positions, part-of-speech search using Lucene payloads, and other things. David consults as a Solr expert on numerous projects for MITRE and its government sponsors. He has contributed code to Lucene and Solr and is active in the open-source community. Prior to his Solr work, David first used Lucene back in 2000, as well as Hibernate-Search and Compass since then. He also used the competing Endeca commercial product, too, but hopes to never use it again.



Fascinated by the 'craft' of software development, Eric Pugh has been heavily involved in the open source world as a developer, committer, and user for the past five years. He is an emeritus member of the Apache Software Foundation and lately has been mulling over how we solve the problem of finding answers in datasets when we don't know the questions ahead of time to ask.

In biotech, financial services, and defense IT, he has helped European and American companies develop coherent strategies for embracing open source search software. As a speaker, he has advocated the advantages of Agile practices with a focus on testing in search engine implementation.

Eric became involved with Solr when he submitted the patch SOLR-284 for Parsing Rich Document types such as PDF and MS Office formats that became the single most popular patch as measured by votes! The patch was subsequently cleaned up and enhanced by three other individuals, demonstrating the power of the open source model to build great code collaboratively. SOLR-284 was eventually refactored into Solr Cell as part of Solr version 1.4.

He blogs at opensourceconnections.com.


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I keep trying to read it, but I keep getting lost.
Niki
The book has a lot of information, but to me was not very useful as examples given was not explained in detail or clearly.
Guy Next Door
This book is not detail enough on important chapter.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Blitz on September 15, 2012
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Please be rest assured that this is an Amazon verified purchase. I have read plenty of technical books especially software engineering books. This book is a perfect example of how not to write a book. Stay with me: If you truly want to learn Solr in depth, I am going to direct you to a much better guide at the end of my review. I wasted 50 bucks on this book.

Why is this book bad? Fundamentally because the authors have made assumptions & you know what they say about assumptions. First this book says, only basic programming skills required. It assumes you know XML (most people do, but why assume). Just tell them to learn XML say from W3Schools where you can learn it in a couple of hours. Next, this book takes you into a jungle where you need to have a genius IQ in order to survive. It jumps from schema to indexing, tokenization, etc. within 3 pages. These topics require their own chapters (which it eventually provides but leaves you with little motivation to reach there after the initial barrage). Don't get me wrong. I have nothing against this book. I tried to be as patient as possible for a week. I spent time trying to understand the crux of every page after reading it. But nay, this book was hell bent on making a simple topic IMPOSSIBLE and THEY HAVE SUCCEEDED.

The problem for me was Solr was an essential part of the application I had to develop & I had to learn it one way after another. After several painful days, I came across this free ebook online quiet possibly written by the same people who wrote Lucene in Action. Since Amazon won't allow me to post URLs here are the steps:

1. "Advance" Search on Google to return results of the type "pdf"
2. Type the search term "Apache Solr tutorial"
3. Somewhere in the middle of the first page of results you will see a url starting with mywebspace. The book is titled Apache Solr Reference Guide by lucidworks for Solr. This book will make it at least 10 times easier to learn Solr.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ravi on November 30, 2011
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I found this book to be useless for any quick understanding and onboarding to Solr platform. This book is more like bunch of pointers to various online resources. Some of the advanced topics are very brief - hardly half page content, which was available on Solr Wiki anyway. I did not learn anything new from this book and I feel that the $50 price is just cheating.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guy Next Door on December 20, 2011
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The book has a lot of information, but to me was not very useful as examples given was not explained in detail or clearly. Would want to see more examples, screen shots. If you are already using and developing in solr, then this book may provide you with some additional information or tips.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mats Skillingstad on February 2, 2012
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I definitely think that this is the best Solr book available at the moment. I would thus recommend this book.

There are some annoying things though. For example, they use the MusicBrainz database as an example throughout the book, but if you set up your own MusicBrainz SQL database to try the scripts in the example code, you will find that the SQL queries are made for an old version of the MusicBrainz database schema, so they won't work out of the box. They do include sample data in CSV format though, so most of the examples work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hanjoyo on October 18, 2012
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This book is not detail enough on important chapter.
Especially, chapter 9: Integrating Solr.
This is the part where developer needed the most
for implementing their own search server.
Too brief on Ch 9's important sub topic.
For examples: topic on Solritas and AJAX Solr.

In my oppinion, this book is ok for reference,
but not enough to educate the reader to develop
a customized search server using Apache Solr 3.

The complete sample code is very big (532 mb), but need a more detail guide to have them run.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on September 7, 2012
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I usually don't buy books from Pakt publishing, because after reading their books I have no more information on the topic than before reading the book.

This is just a little different for this book. When I begin to work, with apache Solr I found the web documentation difficult to read. Because the time pressure I decided to buy a book, which explains me the concept and how can be quickly to up and running. Also I hoped to gain some advantage receiving some extra explanations, what the web manual readers have to look up by them self.

Instead when touching topics which I hoped to have explanations, background informations or something it always says: This is to complicated topic and you will find better reference on the web, reading the documentation in the config files or some other source.

Some play with an examples would be more than help full. Instead it list subset of the configuration entries claiming the book has less space than the web. It isn't a problem that the configuration explained is fewer. But at least it should be detailed. How should I use it. What is the effect. How does it relates to other configurations.

Although the book is not completely useless. Because it does point you the right references you should read and what can you gain reading those topics. Although it is bit verbose to be an index reference. After reading the first three chapters. I knew I still don't know to make this work, what I need to do, but at least I was able to raise questions.
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