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  • Paperback: 475 pages
  • Publisher: Manning Publications; 2nd edition (7 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933988177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933988177
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Erik Hatcher

, one of the original Lucene in Action authors, is a committer on the

Ant, Lucene, and Tapestry open-source projects, and coauthor of Manning’s

award-winning Java Development with Ant.

Otis Gospodnetic is a coauthor of the first edition of Lucene in Action. He has

been involved with Lucene since 2000 and is also an active member of Apache

Solr, Nutch, and Mahout development teams, as well as Lucene Project

Management Committee. Otis is a founder of Sematext, a software development

and consulting company focused on Lucene, Solr, Nutch, and Hadoop.

Michael McCandless has been building search engines for over a decade. In 1999

he founded iPhrase, a startup providing enterprise search software written in

Python and C. When IBM acquired iPhrase in 2005, he became interested to

Lucene and started contributing patches, becoming a committer in 2006 and a

PMC member


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mike rodent on 28 Jun. 2014
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A good intro to Lucene.

This is the 2nd edition but we badly need a 3rd edition. There has been a very substantial change in Lucene architecture between 3.x and 4.x (currently 4.9). The other rather unnecessary complication with this book is that instead of giving working examples they do everything through the use of JUnit tests. JUnit has itself changed substantially over the past 4 years, so especially if you don't know JUnit before attempting to follow through you get unnecessary complications.
Even more importantly, this is a good intro to Lucene, but no more than that. Once you start to get to grips with Lucene you start to appreciate its power but you also start to wonder about "best practice". Indexing a large file on its own, for example, should you split it up into multiple "Documents" (in the Lucene sense), perhaps by paragraph, or should you treat the whole thing as a single Document?
If you download all the Lucene jars (and the documentation) you begin to apprehend the scale of this whole project. Something a bit more hands on, more advanced and more up-to-date is needed urgently.
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Lucene is a very in-depth and interesting technology that is used by a lot of large companies (Twitter, CNET etc). This book does a very good job of introducing you to Lucene and then going into detail about how it works.

It covers analysing, indexing, searching and sorting in depth and gives clear code samples.
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By maarten on 19 Sept. 2011
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If you are planning to use Lucene or want to tweak you existing lucene application this book is a must have.
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By middenview on 4 April 2015
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Excellent book on Lucene. After finishing it, I was able to customize Lucene successfully.
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Good coverage of Lucene 6 April 2012
By Siddhardha - Published on Amazon.com
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The company I was working for started using Elastic Search (which is built on top of Lucene), so I was looking for a good source on Lucene and decided to buy this book. This is a pretty detailed book on Lucene. It covers a lot of topics including analyzing, indexing, searching, extracting text from other document formats than text files, contrib extensions, performance tuning and case studies. The presentation is overall nice and understandable for the most part. Some of the chapters and sections in some chapters are contributed by other folks than the primary authors of this book, so you will notice a style difference from time. I found only one or two chapters to be very dry (e.g.: one of the case studies). After reading the book from cover to cover and trying out almost all the examples provided in this book, now I feel more comfortable using abstractions on top of Lucene such as Elastic Search. There are a couple of things I didn't like about this book: while the source code is available for download, it's all in one project with different packages for each chapter built with ant - I would have preferred separated projects organized with maven instead which would make it a lot easier to manager dependencies as well as made it easier to follow for the reader. Secondly, some of the ant targets don't work at all - if you invoke it, you will see some errors. There are also some annoying typos in this book. For example on page 445, to invoke the benchmark contrib, you will see the command as 'ant run-task -Dtask-alg=<file.alg>' where -Dtask-alg should be -Dtask.alg. I converted all the examples to maven with some difficulty (for finding dependencies as well as adjusting some of the source code). If you are planning on trying out the examples, I would recommend using Lucene 3.0.3 version as that seems to work best. For the more recent versions such as 3.5.0, you would potentially have to make some updates to the source given that some of the APIs have changed. Not withstanding these defects, this is still a good resource and I would certainly recommend it. Before getting to this book, I wanted to learn the underlying theory first and for that I used Introduction to Information Retrieval by Christopher D. Manning (ISBN: 0521865719) which turned out to be a nice introductory text; another good thing about this book is that it's available online for free, so you don't have to buy it. I found that learning the theory first and then the practical side of it using Lucene made it not only easier but also more enjoyable.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2nd edition awesome! 8 Aug. 2010
By Arun R - Published on Amazon.com
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I think the overall rating for this book is at 4.0, only because of some people using the older first edition and finding that it is already out of date. Also it would be nice if amazon separates product ratings from the shipping/supplier ratings, because the book's rating unfortunately suffers because of a bad shipment rating!

I was waiting eagerly for the 2nd edition and it is out now. It is written extremely well. It still has the same flow, clarity and style as the first edition. If you need to know lucene well, then the 2nd edition is a must-have! It also has lots of new chapters (like the one on tika).

Thanks to apache software foundation for their open source software development & support!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very detailed introduction to Lucene framework. 27 Jan. 2012
By Alexey Ott - Published on Amazon.com
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Very good, detailed book about Lucene, providing different levels of details. First part of book starts with introduction to Lucene, how it works, and how to use it. In next chapters it provides more detailed information about indexing process, describes more advanced techniques, and also provides information on how to extend Lucene with new functionality. Second part of book provides description of different Lucene's extensions, how to use Lucene with Apache Tika, and one chapter is dedicated to maintenance. Third part describes how Lucene was used in several projects.

This book is highly recommended for all, who are planning to use Lucene.
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A must-have for people delving into core Lucene 27 Oct. 2010
By Dan InGold - Published on Amazon.com
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If you are already satisfied with Solr or not familiar with java programming, this book is not for you. This is by far the most complete documentation that I could find for Lucene. Going through this book, you will understand what's under the hood and you should have a solid understanding of how to make changes to a Lucene index, build advanced queries, make your own sorting and many more. The book can serve as a reference book for Lucene-based programing since it has great details explaining sample codes. I like the writing style and it is very easy and fun reading. All in all, this is a no-brainer for Lucene programmers.
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Makes learning about Lucene easy 20 Nov. 2010
By V. Fernandes - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book to learn about Lucene. The book is a very good introduction to the package and Teaches you how to customize it for your needs. I am reading this book concurrently with Information Retrieval: Implementing and Evaluating Search Engines and understanding the theory makes decisions taken by the designers of Lucene clearer. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to build a customized search package.
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