Take-away points from Lucene/Solr Revolution 2014

A lot late but finally I could got my hands on the videos from the Solr/LuceneRevolution 2014 conference, and this are my take-away points of the last years edition.

I’ve compiled some key points (from my own perspective of the conference) in a very short and summarized list that I want to share, keep in mind that this are opinions of my own.

  • If search is key to your business/app or Website then you must monitor how your users are using the search capabilities you’re publishing, this is true if you’re using Solr or Elasticsearch or even Lucene, in the conference we see references to this in several presentations (Airbnb, Evernote, etc.). This could be used to improve your search but can also provide very valuable insight on how your search is being used, basically allowing you to acknowledge if your “formula” is working or not. Continue reading “Take-away points from Lucene/Solr Revolution 2014”

Solr: Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to Book Review

Apache Solr Beginner's GuideI’ve been writing this review for to long, sadly some work related issues forbade me of concluding this sooner. And this is why I want to formally apologize with the author Alfredo Serafini and Punit Shetty, the “guy” form Packt Publishing; wonderful fellows who gives me the opportunity of writing this reviews and provide access to the book, which otherwise I couldn’t afford.

When I start reading a book (any technical book, actually) I like to take a sneak peek through the index before actually reading the book and my first expression about the index of this great book was: This is a BEGINNERS GUIDE? My first impression came from the fact that in the index I saw sections about merging of segments and it’s impact in your indexes, another section about writing Solr plugins; so you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand any of those topics; and yet you don’t expect to see those topics covered in a book with the word “beginners” in the title. Nevertheless it’s fare to say that this only increase my interest on reading the book, and as I sayed before this was my first impression BEFORE reading the book, but when we start reading the book you get hit by this sentence in the Acknowledgments: Continue reading “Solr: Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to Book Review”

Reviewing Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to

Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to Cover Recently I’ve had the chance of reviewing a new book about Solr: Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to thanks to the author Alexandre Rafalovitch for providing me the opportunity of doing this. It was a pleasant reading, really interesting so here are my impressions.

A remarkable point about this book is the the approach used with examples, basically the examples are first guaranteed to work and then explained in a great detail without overwhelming the reader. It’s fair to say that I was already familiar with Solr, so I knew several of the concepts explained in the first chapters, although I’ve been using a previous version (3.6) of Solr, so this book offers a very good perspective to dose seeking for a preliminary introduction into Solr 4. The author manages to expose some very complicated topics in a very fancy and yet simple form smoothly driving you from simpler topics into advanced ones.

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