Azure search – Helpful resources

Azure-Search

Given that I will be working with Azure search shortly, I’ve been collecting some helpful resources to get me started quickly, which I’ve included below.

Just a short introduction…
For everyone new to Azure search, just be aware that this service isn’t really a replacement for the missing SQL Server full-text search. It’s is based on a different engine (Lucene) and provides different capabilities. The new service is very interesting and includes better query support, advanced faceting, Geo spatial searches, auto-complete, scoring functions and hit highlighting.

Keep in mind that you can’t just enable and configure search for your Azure SQL Database as compared with SQL Server full-text search on premise. Therefore using Azure search in conjunction with Azure SQL Database will require some additional work including the creation of a schema and a process responsible for feeding the search index with data. The good part is that it’s possible to use the service for other non SQL Database related cases as well.

Videos:

Introduction to Azure Search
http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Data-Exposed/Introduction-To-Azure-Search

Cloud Cover 152: Azure Search with Liam Cavanagh
http://channel9.msdn.com/Shows/Cloud+Cover/Cloud-Cover-152-Azure-Search-with-Liam-Cavanagh

Azure Search Deep Dive
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/Europe/2014/DBI-B410

Search like a Pro with Azure Search
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Microsoft-Azure/AzureConf-2014/Search-Like-a-Pro-with-Azure-Search

Document DB, Azure Search and Polyglot Persistence in Microsoft Azure
http://channel9.msdn.com/Events/TechEd/NewZealand/2014/DBI319

Articles:

Azure Search Service REST API
https://msdn.microsoft.com/library/azure/dn798935.aspx

Get started with Azure Search
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/search-get-started/

Create your first search solution using Azure Search
http://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/documentation/articles/search-create-first-solution/

Simple query syntax in Azure Search
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/azure/dn798920.aspx

Implementation samples:

Making Azure Blob Storage Searchable Using Azure Search Service
http://gauravmantri.com/2014/08/25/making-azure-blob-storage-searchable-using-azure-search-service/

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