On Writing a Book

Last December I was holding the final printed version of my German book on Elasticsearch in my hands. It's a good feeling and though there were stressful times I don't regret writing it. In this very long post I'd like to talk about what it's like to write and publish a book the traditional way.

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Stringify Everything in Elasticsearch

A while ago I was working on a prototype to search larger structured documents using Elasticsearch. We were only interested to make the text searchable, with an option to search all the text and some seperate fields. Elasticsearch is of course a perfect solution for this with the _all field and the possiblility to search single or multiple fields.

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Blog Relaunch

I started a blog on blogspot in 2009, just to have something to put my thoughts on. In the beginning I did not blog regularly with 17 posts from 2009 to 2011 but wrote my most popular post so far when it comes to total visits on using Akka from Java. When starting as an independent developer in 2012 it was clear for me that I wanted to use blogging for my marketing because it's a great way for me: When writing posts I can learn a lot about different topics I am interested in.

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Learning Lucene

I am currently working with a team starting a new project based on Lucene. While most of the time I would argue on using either Solr or Elasticsearch instead of plain Lucene it was a conscious decision. In this post I am compiling some sources for learning Lucene – I hope you will find them helpful or you can hint what sources I missed.

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Logging Requests to Elasticsearch

This is something I wanted to write down for years but never got down to completing the post. It can help you a lot with certain Elasticsearch setups by answering two questions using the slow log.

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