Algolia: simpler, faster alternative to Elasticsearch & Solr Search Engines

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Algolia (https://www.algolia.com/) is another tool from @JoeEmison's Entrepreneurs Toolkit we'll discuss in our meetups. Joe - the father of “Serviceful Serverless” term, is a serial technical co-founder who created (and sold) 4 companies in the last 3 years using Serverless technologies... and Algolia was used in all of them!

Algolia - Distributed Search Engine, offers hosted consumer-grade search via API for websites, mobile and voice applications. The fact that you don’t have to install, manage, nor scale servers/software qualifies it as a Serverless "Backend as a Service" (BaaS).

So, mark your calendars and join us on May 21, because our special guest Aaron Stillwell from Algolia will be flying from London UK, to answer ALL of your questions about creating relevant, scalable, and lightning-fast Search and Data discovery experiences.

📣 The seating is limited in Myplanet - so be sure to RSVP ASAP for pizza and this AWESOME tech talk!

SCHEDULE

6:00 PM - Doors open for networking & pizza
6:30 PM - Stand-up introductions, presentation, Q&A
8:00 PM - Manning Publications giveaway (https://www.slideshare.net/dzivkovi/serverless-is-not-cloudless-serverless-security-in-aws-aws-funds-for-startups/2), more networking
8:30 PM - See you all next time! 👋

YOUR HOMEWORK 🙂

1. Feel the power of Algolia InstantSearch at https://reinventvideos.com/ (code at https://github.com/nragusa/reinventvideos)
2. Read the 3-part article "Comparing Algolia and Elasticsearch For Consumer-Grade Search": https://blog.algolia.com/algolia-v-elasticsearch-latency/, https://blog.algolia.com/algolia-v-elasticsearch-relevance/ & https://blog.algolia.com/algolia-vs-elasticsearch-developer-experience-ux/
3. Watch "DynamoDB streams + Algolia search - Free text searching in a NoSQL database" tutorial by AWS Serverless Hero Marcia Villalba https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vue_yZck1Hk
4. Bonus lecture: "Building an interactive showcase with Vue.js & Vue InstantSearch" presentation from recent "Vue.js Paris #19" event https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-Ie5zPhYk