Apache Solr 3.1 Cookbook Paperback – 22 Jul 2011
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About the Author
Rafal Kuc is a born team leader and software developer. Right now he holds the position of software architect and Solr and Lucene specialist. He has 8 years of experience in various software branches from banking software to the e commerce products. Mainly focused on Java, but open on every tool and programming language that will make the achievement of his goal easier and faster. Rafal is also one of the founders of solr.pl site where he tries to share his knowledge and help people with their problems with Solr and Lucene.
Rafal began his journey with Lucene in the 2002 and it wasnt love at first sight. When he came back to Lucene in late 2003 he revised his thoughts about the framework and saw the potential is search technologies. Than Solr came and this was it. From then Rafal is concentrated on search technologies and data analysis. Right now Lucene and Solr are his main points of interest. Many Polish e commerce sites use Solr deployments that were made with the guidance of Rafal and with the use of tools developed by him.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
A lot of stuff without explanation, i.e. "I tend to set this parameter to a quarter", but why? Or showing picture and listing what it shows :)
Good as introduction to solr, so I should know what to expect from solr, but search for specific solution somewhere else.
Here's the high-level TOC:
Chapter 1: Apache Solr Configuration
Chapter 2: Indexing your Data
Chapter 3: Analyzing your Text Data
Chapter 4: Solr Administration
Chapter 5: Querying Solr
Chapter 6: Using Faceting Mechanism
Chapter 7: Improving Solr Performance
Chapter 8: Creating Applications that use Solr and Developing your Own Solr Modules
Chapter 9: Using Additional Solr Functionalities
Chapter 10: Dealing with Problems
And here's a list of the recipes in Chapter 5, to give you a feel of the recipes:
Chapter 5: Querying Solr
Asking for a particular field value
Sorting results by a field value
Choosing a different query parser
How to search for a phrase, not a single word
Boosting phrases over words
Positioning some documents over others on a query
Positioning documents with words closer to each other first
Sorting results by a distance from a point
Getting documents with only a partial match
Affecting scoring with function
Now, first of all, this book is like one of those cookbook-type books with lots of snippets of how to do stuff in Solr. If you know next to nothing about Solr, this book is not for you. As the PacktPub site says:
This book is part of Packt's Cookbook series... The recipes deal with common problems of working with Solr by using easy-to-understand, real-life examples. The book is not in any way a complete Apache Solr reference...
If, however, you're just past beginner level and wanting to dig a little deeper into Solr and find the FAQs, tutorials, Solr Wiki etc too confusing/verbose/unorganized, then I think Apache Solr 3.1 Cookbook is probably exactly what you need.
The examples are concise, stand-alone, and can be readily implemented in 5 minutes or less. They're a non-threatening way to get past the beginner level, and also offer a glimpse at some of Solr's more advanced functionality.
Oddly enough, the reviews on the web (amazon.com, goodreads and google books) all rate this book mediocrely, with an average of 3+ stars. In my opinion, this book easily deserves at least 4, if not 4.5 stars, assuming you're not a complete Solr n00b.
OK, I admit the writing is a little repetitive at times (the author's Polish), and some of the recipes are really, really basic, but nonetheless, for a cookbook-style guide aimed at the beginner-intermediate crowd, I think it's great!
One note on the Kindle edition: code snippets can be a little bit difficult to distinguish from the text; there's no spacing or boxing around the code snippets.
Another great reference is the Solr Reference PDF Manual from Lucid Works. Find it here: