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Is this a book on Lucene or JUnit?,
This review is from: Lucene In Action (Paperback)Note this review was for the first edition... Amazon's deceptive this way.
The bulk of this book (Part 1:Chapters 1-6) is made up of JUnit tests to illustrate the ideosyncracies of the Lucene framework. Hence my review title! I suppose it's an interesting way to learn a framework, but it wasn't the book I was expecting.
I think this was really exacerbated by all the references back and forth. The first couple of paragraphs on P178 made my head hurt. I like to read a book linearly. You've got what I call a "chicken or egg" thing going on here. The material is so intertwined that early chapters are referencing things later in the book. There is a second edition in the pipeline (Due for May 2009 according to Manning website). I hope they improve on this in the next edition.
There was also chapter 9 on the ports which I found to be of no interest... The best chapter was chapter 7, then chapter 8. Chapter 10 on the case studies was a bit hit and miss for me. I found the jGuru and Nutch discussions more stimulating.
I would really have liked to seen more emphasis on accessing web pages rather than documents on your hard drive along with a much more detailed discussion on Nutch. The Lucene based search engine. Until new edition comes out, I guess I'll wait for Manning's Collective Intelligence to arrive. I think it'll be more my cup of tea. It's supposed to cover Nutch..