Rafał Kuć

Rafał Kuć is a born team leader and a Software Developer. Working as a Consultant and a Software Engineer at Sematext Group, Inc., he concentrates on open source technologies such as Apache Lucene, Solr, ElasticSearch, and Hadoop stack. He has more than 11 years of experience in various software branches—from banking software to e-commerce products. He is mainly focused on Java, but open to every tool and programming language that will make the achievement of his goal easier and faster. He is also one of the founders of the solr.pl site, where he tries to share his knowledge and help people to resolve their problems with Solr and Lucene. He is also a speaker for various conferences around the world such as Lucene Eurocon, Berlin Buzzwords, ApacheCon, and Lucene Revolution.

Rafał began his journey with Lucene in 2002 and it wasn't love at first sight. When he came back to Lucene in late 2003, he revised his thoughts about the framework and saw the potential in search technologies. Then Solr came and this was it. He started working with ElasticSearch in the middle of 2010. Currently, Lucene, Solr, ElasticSearch, and information retrieval are his main points of interest.

Rafał is also an author of Solr 3.1 Cookbook, the update to it—Solr 4.0 Cookbook, and is a co-author of ElasticSearch Server all published by Packt Publishing.

The book you are holding in your hands was something that I wanted to write after finishing the ElasticSearch Server book and I got the opportunity. I wanted not to jump from topic to topic, but concentrate on a few of them and write about what I know and share the knowledge. Again, just like the ElasticSearch Server book, I couldn't include all topics I wanted, and some small details that are more or less important, depending on the use case, had to be left aside. Nevertheless, I hope that by reading this book you'll be able to easily get into all the details about ElasticSearch and underlying Apache Lucene, and I also hope that it will let you get the desired knowledge easier and faster.

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