Chapter 1. Introducing Elasticsearch

This chapter covers

  • Understanding search engines and the issues they address
  • How Elasticsearch fits in the context of search engines
  • Typical scenarios for Elasticsearch
  • Features Elasticsearch provides
  • Installing Elasticsearch

We use search everywhere these days. And that’s a good thing, because search helps you finish tasks quickly and easily. Whether you’re buying something from an online shop or visiting a blog, you expect to have a search box somewhere to help you find what you’re looking for without scanning the entire website. Maybe it’s me, but when I (Radu) wake up in the morning, I wish I could enter the kitchen and type in “bowl” in a search box somewhere and have my favorite bowl highlighted. ...

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