Leanpub recipe: versioned book backups

Leanpub is a platform for publishing books that gives author control and tools beyond those available from traditional publishers. I used it to test an idea for a Solr Clients book and was able to validate its lack of traction without spending a cent.

One of the great features of Leanpub is that a book . . . → Read More: Leanpub recipe: versioned book backups

Javadoc custom doclets – fun, frustration and forward motion

Javadoc is default – and often only – documentation for open source Java projects. It is generated automatically and can just be dumped on any public-facing server as a bunch of static files. Or even bundled with the distribution, if size is not an issue.

However, as project grows, several issues with using Javadoc documentation . . . → Read More: Javadoc custom doclets – fun, frustration and forward motion

Introduction to Apache Solr – presentation and code

I recently presented about Solr at Bangkok meetup group. There were about 40 people and I had great follow-up discussions afterwards.

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As part of the presentation, I showed how Solr deals with Thai language. Even though my knowledge of Thai is fairly rudimentary, I dug into existing resources and found at least a . . . → Read More: Introduction to Apache Solr – presentation and code

Introducing Solr Start

The Solr Start website has been out for a little while in the alpha form. However, it has now been formally relaunched (into beta) and I wanted to introduce and clarify reasons for it.

Doing the research for my Solr book, I realized how powerful Solr was. Yet, I was also frustrated that this power . . . → Read More: Introducing Solr Start

Checking examples in “Solr Indexing” with Solr 4.7 under Windows – part 1

It’s been 9 months since my introductory Solr book came out. It was written for version 4.3. In the meanwhile, Solr kept marching on and is now at version 4.7. There has been quite a number of changes and new features. So I really wanted to recheck that the examples in the book still make . . . → Read More: Checking examples in “Solr Indexing” with Solr 4.7 under Windows – part 1

Book review: Apache Solr 4 Cookbook

As an author of an introductory Solr book, I have quite a bit of curiosity in how other books cover similar and more advanced material. So I was quite interested when Packt Publishing asked me to review one of their other Solr books: Apache Solr 4 Cookbook by Rafał Kuć.

Apache Solr 4 Cookbook is . . . → Read More: Book review: Apache Solr 4 Cookbook

Wrap-up of the Solr Usability Contest

The Solr Usability Contest has finished. It run for four weeks, has received 29 suggestions, 113 votes and more than 300 visits. People from several different Solr communities participated.

The final list of suggestions (sorted by votes) is:

Better documentation (13 votes) Make atomic updates really atomic (11 vote) Automatically redistribute documents across shards when . . . → Read More: Wrap-up of the Solr Usability Contest

Solr Usability Contest – one week in

It has been just over a week since launching Solr Usability Contest. It is doing well. There are 25 suggestions, more than 150 visits, and quite a number of votes.

The most popular suggestion so far is Better Documentation. This is both easy to predict and a bit sad. From my own experience, there is . . . → Read More: Solr Usability Contest – one week in

Announcing Solr Usability contest

In collaboration with Packt Publishing and to celebrate the release of my new book Instant Apache Solr for Indexing Data How-to, we are organizing a contest to collect Solr Usability ideas.

I have written about the reasons behind the book before and the contest builds on that idea. Basically, I feel that a lot of . . . → Read More: Announcing Solr Usability contest

Setting up Apache Solr on Windows as a service

I had to set up Apache Solr 4 on Windows as a service using Jetty container. The following is the documentation on how to do it. I am not saying that this is the best way to get it to work. But it is one way that works and seems to be more recent and . . . → Read More: Setting up Apache Solr on Windows as a service