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Friday, September 18, 2020

Algolia Search API Basics Tutorial

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  • In short Algolia is search engine SaaS software as a service
  • Tables and records in the database 
  • There is a search bar which lets you test out the Algolia service right away. And it is easy. 
  • The search results will be highlighted (yay no code)
  • They have indices important attributes
  • To display an image, include an url to image, hosted for example on google cloud
  • Note you must upload your data to Algolia for this to work
  • In the term of use it seems Algolia have a non-compete clause which theoretically prevents them from making a clone of your app
  • I have not found a way to white label it
  • The price is reasonable, based on requests. 
  • It is super easy to use, build a demo site, share it with users! But it has Algolia label everywhere. You will be doing free ad for them. 
  • Remember don't put sensitive data here. Especially not HIPAA sensitive stuff. You will have to upload your data to Algolia for the search to work. 
  • You can upload your data using a JSON file or using the dashboard. One is fast one is easy to use. Remember to use a JSONLint to check for mistakes. 
  • Will save you time if you use a lint. 
  • Remember your data is not private to any online JSON lint you use.
  • Pricing : hacker plan available, free for certain quotas. Great for testing, hackathon. 
  • Example UI is available, again not white labeled.
  • Example codes are available. Again the logo appears in the input box :(
  • Easy configuration. 
  • You can get to search in minutes! That's easy. That's a true SaaS
  • You can easily configure auto-completion. 
  • The search is typo resistant. But when the database is small, auto completion and typo handling didn't work for me. 

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