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Sphinx is an open source full text search server, designed from the ground up with a focus on performance, relevance and integration simplicity. It currently supports MySQL, PostgreSQL and ODBC-compliant databases as data sources natively, while other data sources can be indexed via pipe in a custom XML format.
Sphinx Search Beginner's Guide serves as a guide to everything that the users need to know about running a Sphinx Search Engine. This book will teach users to set up Sphinx on their own server, whilst providing various valuable insights about this search engine. Additionally, users will learn to create both simple and complex search forms in their applications, to create index using Sphinx, and then to perform a search on that index using the client API.
Using this book, developers will learn to use the Sphinx API to issue search queries from their PHP applications, to create a functional application in PHP that will use the Sphinx search engine as the backend to serve search queries, to employ PHP to create an application that fetches different feeds and stores the feed item data in a Sphinx index, and to create an advanced search form that implements lots of filters, as well as a search form for geodistance searches.
A step-by-step guide filled with plenty of real-world examples, this book is ideal for developers, who are new to Sphinx Search and wish to set up their own Sphinx Search Engine. The book is out now and available from Packt.