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Painless Full Text Searching with SOLR

Michael Kimsal

Track: Web Applications (client-side and server-side)
Date: Wednesday, July 25
Time: 10:45am - 11:30am
Location: D133

Lucene is an emerging standard in the open source world when it comes to searching, offering flexibility and cross-platform compatibility with a number of languages (Java, Python, PHP, .NET and more).

SOLR acts as an HTTP REST layer on top of Lucene, offering an easy way to allow multiple systems to quickly and easily access the power of Lucene with minimal fuss. SOLR was recently accepted as an official subproject of the Lucene project.

This session will demonstrate

  • SOLR installation
  • basic configuration
  • sample data and indexing steps
  • integrating SOLR in to an existing web site

Because it's accessed through HTTP, SOLR is uniquely positioned to offer robust full text searching to companies using mixed technologies (PHP and Java shops, for example) without forcing developers to use a particular language. Session attendees will learn an easy way to get running with SOLR, Lucene's basic query syntax, and tips to painless full text searching.