Book review: Web Crawling and Data Mining with Apache Nutch

I have received a copy of the book “Web Crawling and Data Mining with Apache Nutch”.  Dr. Zakir Laliwala and Abdulbasit Shaikh are the authors. When I took a look to its tittle some memories crossed my mind. Some years ago I was dealing with Nutch and I was impressed with its power. You could create your own “Google” searcher effortless. However, I couldn’t go deep due to the lack of resources in that time. But now, you could save a lot of time in your learning of web crawling and data mining using this book.

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They explain how to install Apache Nutch as well as Apache Solr. But instead of just pointing their websites there is a list of steps collecting all the commands and files that you have to modify in order to have a proper installation. I think that this example is the best feature of the book. Authors really wanted to avoid people being stuck in a middle point, looking for helping in the web… So don’t be worried if you are just starting to study this field.

However, there is something I didn’t like. The book mentioned some tools that required the installation of a previous version of Nutch. I know it isn’t authors’ fault but it’s a bit confusing.

Some of interesting subjects covered in the book are the creation of a specific Nutch plugin so you could adjust it to your requirements, how to deal with what people called ‘big data’ and how to create a fronted page using JavaScript.

Are you an expert in web crawling? This book includes too how to use Nutch and Apache Hadoop for running applications in a cluster environment.

In my opinion, if you are interested in this field I would recommend you this book. You could save a lot of time and focus in your data instead of installation problems.

Note: I have received a copy of the book for creating this review but I haven’t received any money or gifts. So this is just my personal opinion.

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