Introduction to Search with Sphinx
From installation to relevance tuning
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: April 2011
Pages: 148

This concise introduction to Sphinx shows you how to use this free software to index an enormous number of documents and provide fast results to both simple and complex searches. Written by the creator of Sphinx, this authoritative book is short and to the point.

  • Understand the particular way Sphinx conducts searches
  • Install and configure Sphinx, and run a few basic tests
  • Issue basic queries to Sphinx at the application level
  • Learn the syntax of search text and the effects of various search options
  • Get strategies for dealing with large data sets, such as multi-index searching
  • Apply relevance and ranking guidelines for presenting best results to the user
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5.0

Sphinx and its book are great!

By sphinxfan

from Pittsburgh

About Me Developer, Sys Admin

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Expert
    • Intermediate

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Introduction to Search with Sphinx:

    This is a review of Oreilly's excellent new (April 2011) book
    Introduction to Search with Sphinx. This review is also a bit of
    a reading guide, if you don't mind. I am not a computer science
    guru, as you'll notice. I just want a search box on my website that
    finds the right stuff. I have actually read the book. Sphinx is
    open source. ISBN: 9780596809539

    In the Preface, the author gives us this heads up about the audience
    he expects: "I assume that readers have a basic familiarity with
    tools for system administrators and programmers, including the
    command line and simple SQL." This sounds good to me–it doesn't
    say I need to know anything about search, which is good, because
    I don't. The more experience with linux, mysql, SQL and programming
    you bring, the easier this book will be to read. If BM25 and NLP
    don't mean much to you, you'll have to get a CompSci PhD for a few
    of the paragraphs in this book.

    See the full review at:

    http://smoothtommy.wordpress.com/

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good book for beginners

    By VadHor

    from Moscow, Russia

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    Pros

    • Accurate
    • Easy to understand
    • Well-written

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Novice

      Comments about O'Reilly Media Introduction to Search with Sphinx:

      Very good introduction to Sphinx and search general for absolute beginners. This book step-by-step describes all aspects of creating search system for small project.

      The book lacks info about distributed indexes, creating morphology and other advanced aspects.

      Need the basic knowledge of SQL.

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