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.
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:
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 quite a bit of documentation about Solr on the web, but it might be a little hard to find. Some of the best stuff actually hides in videos and slideshows, so may not even be easily visible to Google. And then, there are books – also not indexable (see relevant suggestion). Some of those books are quite comprehensive. And, of course, for the advanced material, the source code is self-documenting on the most basic level, yet again not something Google can search effectively (use other search engines for that).