on 20 June 2010
Disclaimer: This is based on a review copy provided by the publisher.
I really love this book. It showed me so many features of Solr that I didn't know before that I still can't even find the right order I want to integrate some of them into my projects :D
The authors didn't just list features and gave some short explanation for all the configuration options but also always gave examples (using the MusicBrainz database as original data store) on what to use those features for. What's also great is that the book isn't really limited to what is bundled with the Solr distribution but also mentions quite a lot of components that are provided by 3rd parties. With the MusicBrainz database and working on it there is a common thread throughout the whole book which makes it really pleasant to read.
It probably can be argued that this data store as foundation is perhaps not the best choice for working with a supposedly full-text search engine like Solr/Lucene, but it kind of also makes the point that you can use Solr for so much more.
The book is definitely not perfect with some of the integration parts IMO going a bit too far but if you're looking for a book about how to work with Solr, this is definitely something for you. For me personally reading this book was just a joy :D