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I’ve worked on a lot of Solr implementations in PHP applications. There
are multiple solutions: manual HTTP requests, the solr-php-client
library, custom implementations etcetera. However they all have one
issue in common: they only handle the communication with Solr, many
other important parts like query building are not covered at all. And
the parts that are covered are usually over-simplified.
In my previous post Integrating Solr with PHP
I did a comparison of several of the available options. Since then I’ve
done more research and started to make notes of all issues I came
across and all features I missed. Based on these notes I’ve started a
project that tries to accurately model Solr and go one step beyond the
This process has taken several months, with lots of refactoring to
reach what I think is the optimal model. At first I developed it as a
library for my own projects, but I’ve decided to turn it into an
opensource project. The project is called ‘Solarium’ and can be found on
Please see the GitHub project wiki for more info about Solarium, the current status and some examples.
I think the Solarium library in it’s current state is already very
useful, but lot’s of great features are upcoming. I will regularly post
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