I'm happy to announce a book that I've been meaning to write for quite some time - An introduction to ElasticSearch for developers in tutorial form.
About 18 months ago I was working on a customer project in which ElasticSearch was a major component. While I had quite a lot of prior experience with ElasticSearch something at this time got me thinking about the lack of good, simple, tutorials for helping developers new to ElasticSearch get started. So, one night I sat down and I wrote such a tutorial, a blog post titled "ElasticSearch 101". Since it was first published it has accounted for 50-70% of the total traffic to my site and it has received a lot of positive feedback in the comments.
While the positive reception of ElasticSearch 101 is great I've always felt that there's more I'd like to say on the topic. While there has been a number of extensive books about ElasticSearch published the last couple of years and I've written more blog posts about it myself I've always wanted to write a longer version of ElasticSearch 101 in the form of a book. A book that would be shorter than the typical technical book but more detailed and covering more topics than the original blog post.
For 18 months I made excuses for myself for not writing this book. However, over this Christmas holiday I finally started writing. Wise from my previous book (about EPiServer CMS) I decided that I a) wouldn't strive to make each chapter perfect prior to writing the next and b) not to publish it before all chapters were done (in their first versions). This weekend I finished the (probably) last chapter and hit the publish button on Leanpub.
The book is titled ElasticSearch Quick Start. It's not a hundred percent done yet, but it is pretty much finished in terms of the topics that it will cover. What remains is making it *perfect* based on reader feedback, possibly rewriting some parts and by adding more examples.
If you're interested in ElasticSearch check it out. And, if you decide to buy it please give me feedback! I'd really like the book to be the ultimate way to learn how to be productive with ElasticSearch quickly and in order to do that reader feedback is essential.
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