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Getting started with Apache Solr Search Server [Video]

Robert Elwell

Integrate Solr as a blazing-fast open-source search solution into your enterprise web application and take your application to the next level
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Video Details

ISBN 139781782160847
Course Length2 hours and 30 mins

About This Video

  • Teaches you everything you need to know to get started with Apache Solr such as indexing, querying, configuration, and implementation
  • Learn how to define a search architecture specific to your business needs
  • Includes walk-throughs on the Solr admin interface.
  • Contains a practical tutorial for integrating Solr search into a new system with an open-source web application
  • Presented in a hands-on, interactive style from a professional with several years of experience in search and natural language processing.

Who This Video Is For

This course is intended for a mid- to senior-level engineer or a technology decision-maker evaluating the strengths of Apache Solr for implementation in their own ecosystem. The course expects some experience working with web APIs, and a degree of end-to-end LAMP stack experience.

Table of Contents

Getting Started with Solr
Goals of the Course
Solr and How It Works
Solr's Relative Strengths
Installing Solr
Administration and Configuration
Learning about the Solr Admin
Learning about the Schema File
The Config File
Navigating the Schema Browser
Solr Statistics and Information
Manipulating the Index
The Update Handler
Deleting and Updating Data
Configuring the Data Import Handler
Querying the Index – the Basics
Querying the Index – Basic Query Syntax
The Anatomy of a Response
Additional Query Parameters
The Dismax Query Parser
Understanding the Document Schema
Understanding Field Type Definitions
Analyzers and Filters
Understanding a Document Schema
Altering the Schema
Configuring Solr
Understanding the Config File
Understanding Request Handlers
Default Request Handlers
Adding a Handler
Solr in Practice – a Use Case
Solr in Practice – a Use Case
Solr in Practice – Determining a Schema from Business Requirements
Solr in Practice – Faceting
Solr in Practice – MoreLikeThis
Advanced Concepts
Advanced Solr – Grouping
Advanced Solr – Text Highlighting
Advanced Solr – Spelling Suggest
Advanced Solr – MoreLikeThis Tips and Tricks

What You Will Learn

  • Configure your Solr instance for your business needs
  • Index data from either a database import or XML file
  • Query data using both Lucene query syntax as well as the Dismax family of parsers
  • Integrate Solr into a system using an easy-to-follow, easy-to-implement web application in Django
  • Use spell suggest to make your search robust
  • Use the MoreLikeThis request handler to deliver similar documents to an interested user
  • Formulate schema by considering each aspect of the data already in a database, and then craft a field for

In Detail

Solr is the popular, blazing fast open source enterprise search platform from the Apache Lucene project. Solr is highly scalable, providing distributed search and index replication, and it powers the search and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites. This course will impart to you the level of understanding required to properly configure, implement, and maintain Apache Solr for an enterprise-level application.

Getting started with Apache Solr Search Server shows you how to implement the world’s leading open-source search solution with advice from an expert in the field. You will discover Solr’s many hidden features via interactive learning and configure your own Solr instance according to your business needs. This course can be followed along at home with an open-source web application you can download and run. Make search interactive and proactive with faceting, match highlighting, spell-checking, and result grouping.

Getting started with Apache Solr Search Server uses a combination of walk throughs and interactive exercises to impart end-to-end understanding of Solr’s role in a web application’s ecosystem.

You will first learn how to install Solr on your machine, configure it according to the data structures you need to search over, and integrate it into your application. This video course shows the viewer how to use, activate, and configure Solr’s many features. To keep the course interactive, an open-source example is included with detail on how to integrate Solr into an application, ranging from simple querying to advanced grouping and faceting.

Enterprise Search for Apache Solr empowers you to become your organization’s search guru with expertise in search.



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