I’m excited to announce early access availability of Solr in Action, a book on Apache Solr 4 which I am co-authoring with Timothy Potter. The MEAP (Manning Early Access Program) released today, which means that you can purchase the book early and receive new chapters as they are being written so that you don’t have to wait for the final release before having access. Three chapters are currently available (”Introduction to Solr”, “Key Solr Concepts”, and “Indexing”), and we expect a new chapter to be released every few weeks.
Please consider heading over to solrinaction.com and picking up a copy today!
Whether you’re handling big data, building cloud-based services, or developing multi-tenant web applications, it’s vital to have a fast, reliable search solution. Apache Solr is a scalable and ready-to-deploy open-source full-text search engine powered by Lucene. It offers key features like multi-lingual keyword searching, faceted search, intelligent matching, and relevancy weighting right out of the box. Solr 4 provides new features to enable large-scale distributed search solutions that can be deployed as an elastically scaling cloud-based service and can provide additional intelligence to other big data technologies like Hadoop and Mahout.
Solr in Action is a comprehensive guide to implementing scalable search using Apache Solr 4. This clearly-written book walks you through well-documented examples ranging from basic keyword searching to scaling a system for billions of documents and queries. You’ll gain a deep understanding of how to implement core Solr capabilities such as faceted navigation through search results, matched snippet highlighting, field collapsing and search results grouping, spell checking, query auto-complete, querying by functions, and geo-spatial searching.
Along the way, you’ll discover more advanced topics, such as scaling Solr for large production environments, best practices and strategies for handling multi-lingual content, building a Solr-powered recommendation engine, performing complex data analytics, and integrating Solr with other big data technologies for machine learning and knowledge discovery.
You will also learn how Solr’s relevancy algorithm works, best practices and tricks for tuning and measuring your search relevancy, and even how to write and integrate Solr plugins and patches to introduce your own great new search features.