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vasu maj
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Why did you get the idea of writing a book on the subject? Sometime ago I bought a book on Java Regular Expressions after it was featured here and regretted wasting money on buying a book on such a small topic. I though I could have as well googled for info when I needed while coding.

From your answers to other posters here so far I understand that it is a tool for indexing text. Considering me as a typical s/w developer who buys tech books quite regularly to keep in touch how do you convince me into using the tool in the first place and to buy your book to use the tool?


Here is the mike...


Vasu


An offbeat question, it sounds very faminine and sweet, what is the meaning of the word Lucene?


What a wonderful world!
vasu maj
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Eric,

Just learnt that you are the author of Java Development with Ant book. That book is awesome.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate on you an excellent work.

Vasu
Erik Hatcher
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Originally posted by vasu maj:
Why did you get the idea of writing a book on the subject? Sometime ago I bought a book on Java Regular Expressions after it was featured here and regretted wasting money on buying a book on such a small topic. I though I could have as well googled for info when I needed while coding.

From your answers to other posters here so far I understand that it is a tool for indexing text. Considering me as a typical s/w developer who buys tech books quite regularly to keep in touch how do you convince me into using the tool in the first place and to buy your book to use the tool?
An offbeat question, it sounds very faminine and sweet, what is the meaning of the word Lucene?


Why write a book on Lucene? The humorous and perhaps most truthful reason is because I'm
driven by demons. I truly love Lucene and the cleverness involved in using it properly. Lucene itself is incredibly easy to use, and only a few lines of code are needed to realize incredible power. However, there is a lot of "magic" that goes on underneath, and understanding what makes it tick and how to get the most out of, more than an article or FAQ is needed.

Rest assured that a search engine API such as Lucene is not small topic and if you need search in your applications (who doesn't?) you will not regret getting Lucene in Action!

How do I convince folks that the need Lucene and that they also need a book on it? Raise your hand if you use Google to get valuable information for work or personal use? Now, do your clients/customers want that type of power inside the applications you're building for them? Yeah, I thought so! Convinced? Lucene is exactly that. And Lucene in Action details how to use Lucene effectively, covering the commonly encountered hurdles. One of the most common misunderstood aspect of Lucene is the analysis process - we went into great detail on this topic providing lots of techniques for "analyzing the analyzer". We also present the material just like Otis and I really code - test-driven. The bulk of the code examples are JUnit test cases, illustrating a technique called "test driven learning" - writing test cases against a foreign API rather than your own production code.

Lucene is Doug Cutting's wife's middle name and also a family name from her side.


Co-author of Lucene in Action
Erik Hatcher
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Originally posted by vasu maj:
Eric,

Just learnt that you are the author of Java Development with Ant book. That book is awesome.

Let me take this opportunity to congratulate on you an excellent work.

Vasu


Thank you very much! It never gets old hearing compliments like this

And now you know why a 2nd edition of JDwA has not come out yet.
 
jQuery in Action, 2nd edition
 
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