March 10-12, 2010
Montreal, Canada

Intelligent Search Applications with Solr and PHP

This is a presentation on how to create intelligent web-based search applications using PHP 5 and the out-of-the-box features available in Solr 1.4.

The presentation will cover how to set up Solr 1.4 with Tomcat 6 with and without SSL.

Then I will illustrate how to set up and configure the Solr PHP extension.

After the set up, we will move to illustrating a basic configuration tailored for a simple use case such as a job search website, online music store or simple classifieds website.

After we finish we finish the illustration of adding, updating and removing data from the Solr index, we will discuss how to add features such as auto-completion, hit highlighting, faceted navigation, spelling suggestions, similar matches and a host of other features Solr 1.4 has to offer to the search application.

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Israel Ekpo

Bonnier Corporation

Israel Ekpo is a senior software engineer and technical lead with Bonnier Corporation, a major publishing organization with offices in the US, headquarters in Stockholm and operations in over 20 countries. Israel holds a bachelors degree in Computer Science from Florida Atlantic University and has over 9 years of professional software development experience. He is the author of the Solr PHP extension at PECL as well as the popular phpPaypalPro framework at Sourceforge. He resides in Orlando, Florida with his wife and son. His interests include music, soccer, cooking, data mining, information retrieval, machine learning and artificial intelligence.

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