Written in a friendly, example-driven format, the book includes plenty of step-by-step instructions and examples that are designed to help you get started with Apache Solr. This book is an entry level text into the wonderful world of Apache Solr. The book will center around a couple of simple projects such as setting up Solr and all the stuff that comes with customizing the Solr schema and configuration. This book is for developers looking to start using Apache Solr who are stuck or intimidated by the difficulty of setting it up and using it. For anyone wanting to embed a search engine in their site to help users navigate around the mammoth data available this book is an ideal starting point. Moreover, if you are a data architect or a project manager and want to make some key design decisions, you will find that every example included in the book contains ideas usable in real-world contexts.
Alfredo Serafini is a freelance software consultant, currently living in Rome, Italy. He has a mixed background. He has a bachelor's degree in Computer Science Engineering (2003, with a thesis on Music Information Retrieval), and he has completed a professional master's course in Sound Engineering (2007, with a thesis on gestural interface to MAX/MSP platform). From 2003 to 2006, he had been involved as a consultant and developer at Artificial Intelligence Research at Tor Vergata (ART) group. During this experience, he got his first chance to play with the Lucene library. Since then he has been working as a freelancer, alternating between working as a teacher of programming languages, a mentor for small companies on topics like Information Retrieval and Linked Data, and (not surprisingly) as a software engineer. He is currently a Linked Open Data enthusiast. He has also had a lot of interaction with the Scala language as well as graph and network databases. You can find more information about his activities on his website, titled designed to be unfinished, at http://www.seralf.it/.
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