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Elasticsearch: First Steps

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What you’ll learn and how you can apply it

By the end of this live online course, you’ll understand:

  • How to install and configure Elasticsearch
  • How to work with indices
  • Elasticsearch mappings and settings
  • How to index and delete data
  • How to search and analyze the data
  • Advanced search and query operations

And you’ll be able to:

  • Create an Elasticsearch cluster and run successfully in an environment
  • Index and reindex datasets using APIs
  • Build complex search queries and execute to fetch results
  • Create simple aggregations, running analytics on datasets

This course is for you because…

  • You’re a developer, architect, analyst, manager, or product owner who wants to get started with Elasticsearch.
  • You work with large sets of data and want to understand how to use Elasticsearch to power full-text, fuzzy, term-level searches, and other advanced search features.
  • You want to become an Elasticsearch architect, developer, or analyst who designs and develops microservices talking to Elasticsearch clusters.


  • A basic understanding of JSON
  • Familiarity with REST and Java (useful but not required)

Recommended preparation:

  • Complete the setup instructions here

Recommended follow-up:


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing.

Introducing Elasticsearch (10 minutes)

  • Group discussion: Do you use Elasticsearch?
  • Presentation: Setting up the scene; What is Elasticsearch?; the ELK ecosystem—Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana
  • Q&A

Getting started (15 minutes)

  • Hands-on demo: Installation; running the server
  • Q&A

Sample application (15 minutes)

  • Presentation: Overview; moving parts; indexing a book document; understanding the response; retrieving a book by ID; deleting and recreating an index; deleting a book
  • Hands-on exercise: Create a movie index; create movie documents
  • Q&A

High-level architecture (15 minutes)

  • Presentation: How search works; moving parts; inverted indices; clusters, nodes, and shards
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Mappings (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: What are mappings?; dynamic versus predefined mappings; the mappings API
  • Hands-on exercise: Implement mappings
  • Q&A

Analyzers (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: Introduction to analyzers; components—character filters, tokenizers, and token filters; out-of-the-box analyzers; custom analyzers
  • Q&A

Indexing operations (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: Index APIs; CRUD operations; templates
  • Hands-on exercise: Implement CRUD indices
  • Q&A

Document operations (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: Document APIs; CRUD documents
  • Hands-on exercise: Work with documents
  • Q&A

Basic search (15 minutes)

  • Presentation: Search methods; full text versus term search; URL search; query DSL
  • Hands-on exercises: Use search methods
  • Q&A
  • Break (5 minutes)

Advanced search (20 minutes)

  • Presentation: Full text query—Match and MatchAll; sort and size; highlights; compound queries—bool query, function score, boosting, and Dis Max; scripting
  • Hands-on exercise: Use advanced search methods
  • Q&A

Aggregations (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: Intro to aggreations; types; metrics—max/min, sum, average, and weighted average
  • Hands-on exercise: Implement aggregations
  • Q&A

Clients (10 minutes)

  • Group discussion: Which programming languages do you use?
  • Presentation: Programmatic access; clients—Java, Python, and JavaScript Q&A

Kibana visualizations (10 minutes)

  • Presentation: Dashboard; charts—bar and pie; adding visualizations
  • Hands-on exercise: Create visualizations

Wrap-up and Q&A (10 minutes)

Your Instructor

  • Madhusudhan Konda

    Madhusudhan Konda is a passionate technologist and a lifelong tech learner who loves distilling complex problems into simpler solutions, looking at the big picture and providing technical direction, and experimenting with newer programming languages and shiny frameworks. Over his career, Madhusudhan has held roles such as solution architect, development lead, lead developer, and others, always with a strong inclination toward teaching his fellow techies programming languages, frameworks, and new technologies. He’s been instrumental in delivering high-quality solutions to major clients such as EBRD, Credit Suisse, UBS, Mizuho, Deutsche Bank, Halifax, British Petroleum, British Airways, and Lloyd’s of London, to name a few. His core competencies lie in not only creating simple architectures for complex business problems and designing and developing the software projects from the ground up but also providing strategic road maps, cost-effective architectures, and product designs, leading teams, mentoring, and providing thought leadership. He’s written well-received books and produced video courses on Java, Spring, and the Hibernate ecosystem.

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