Chapter 2. Getting to know Solr

This chapter covers

  • Downloading and installing Apache Solr 4.7
  • Starting the example Solr server
  • Sorting, paging, and results formatting
  • Exploring the Solritas example search UI

It’s natural to have a sense of unease when you start using an unfamiliar technology, but you can put your mind at ease with Solr, because it is designed to be easy to install and use out of the box. In the spirit of being agile, you can start out with the basics and incrementally add complexity to your Solr configuration. For example, Solr allows you to split a large index into smaller subsets, called shards, and add replicas to increase your capacity to serve queries. But you don’t need to worry about index sharding or replication ...

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