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Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server Paperback – August 19, 2009
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This is the only book for Solr. Literally -- nobody else has written one yet. Despite the lack of competition, the authors have done a good job putting some useful and new information to paper.
The book covers Solr and SolrJ - the embedded Java client API - and even provides some instruction on integration/embedding into your own Java app instead of using it as a stand-alone HTTP server. This capability exists but reference code and documentation is all but nil in the official docs. Performance tuning and replication are also covered. Generally, this book gives you what you need to make use fo the key (and some sideline) features of Solr so you can get it working for you.
And a big plus: no huge appendices of Javadoc that are useful only to increase page counts to make you feel you are getting 'value'. Really, who refers to Javadoc at the back of a book? I thank the authors and publishers for avoiding this temptation.
But the book does suffer from a problem inherent in tech publications: the assumption that the reader will start on page 1 and move forward. It tries to teach by creating one monolithic application that is spread throughout 300 pages. This is annoying if you start on chapter 8 as much context is lost. Also, these types of books spend too much time focused on the example application code and not enough time talking about the book topic. In the case of this book, the authors use a music database as their example application -- and spend many, may pages talking ancillary garbage about the music metadata, objects and the applications needed to download/use it.Read more ›
I'm giving this book 4 stars only because I think the authors could have done a better job explaining the process and best practices for deploying solr to production.
If you are looking to build a fast and accurate search engine for large amounts of data, Solr is the way to go and this book will help you.
The Ant script blew up. It turns out that you also need to set up and run the instance of Solr first. And to do that, you have to run a multi-core instance of Solr. Don't know what that is? Go ahead and read the book first, and then you'll know, at which point you can go back to just trying to set up the stuff you need to follow along with the book. The java command they specify to run a multi-core Solr instance is about a mile long. They provide some notes about each option, but what good are notes there? If you don't already know a lot about the options used to start Java, you won't know what it's doing, and if anything goes wrong, you're stuck.
The note on all of this also says that if you have memory problems, you can refer to chapter 9, the very last chapter in the book, for help.
So to get started with this book you need to read and understand it first.
There's another point where the author goes off on a tangent about remote streaming, starts to explain a topic, then says, "I won't go any further into that. If you already know about this, you're good.Read more ›
This book started out a bit slow, but was pretty well organized. It showed numerous ways of bringing data into Solr, and numerous ways of getting data out. The publisher lets you download the source code and data on their site, and you can stick that into Solr.
I also like the fact that the book is pretty recent. I could not find anything in the book which had become "deprecated". All in all, the book helped me go from knowing nothing about Solr, to going live in 2-3 weeks which is pretty darn good.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I assume because they came out with one of the first books on SOLR that people would just buy it no matter what they put inside of it. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Trevor Huckstep
It is a older reference, but it is ok as a introduction.
I'd like to get a book with newer version of Solr
I don't know how should I put it after trying multiple times to dig into the book - in the end, my feeling is that the author really has a way to make simple things really... Read morePublished on June 22, 2011 by Rer
The book is not organized for somebody who is new to this space. The english sometimes is mangled and incoherent. Read morePublished on January 3, 2011 by arief bawan
This book is more a reference than a "how to" book. The examples are disorganized and buggy.Published on July 23, 2010 by Luke H. Crouch
The book is "quick" to read and explore all the need the reader can have to operate a fullu functional installation of the software. Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by Stefano Falconetti