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
Comments about oreilly 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.
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Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend