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Import Facebook Data into Apache Solr

Use the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook in Data Import Handler and create an automated import of Facebook data to Apache Solr Enterprise Search platform.

The Apache Solr platform is a popular, blazing-fast, open source enterprise search solution built on Apache Lucene.

Apache Solr is equipped with the Data Import Handler (DIH), which can import data from databases and, XML, CSV, and JSON files. When paired with the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook, you can easily import Facebook data to Apache Solr. In this article, we show step-by-step how to use CData JDBC Driver in Apache Solr Data Import Handler and import Facebook data for use in enterprise search.

Create an Apache Solr Core and a Schema for Importing Facebook

  1. Run Apache Solr and create a Core. > solr create -c CDataCore For this article, Solr is running as a standalone instance in the local environment and you can access the core at this URL: http://localhost:8983/solr/#/CDataCore/core-overview
  2. Create a schema for the Facebook data to be imported. LastModifiedDate, if it exists in Facebook, is used for incremental updates. If it does not exist, you cannot do the deltaquery in the later section.
  3. Install CData Facebook JDBC Driver. Copy the JAR and license file (cdata.facebook.jar and cdata.jdbc.facebook.lic) to the Solr directory.
    • CData JDBC JAR file: C:\Program Files\CData\CData JDBC Driver for Facebook 2019\lib
    • Apache Solr: solr-8.5.2\server\lib

Now we are ready to use Facebook data in Solr.

Define an Import of Facebook to Apache Solr

In this section, we walk through configuring the Data Import Handler.

  1. Modify the Config file of the created Core. Add the JAR file reference and add the DIH RequestHander definition. solr-data-config.xml
  2. Next, create a solr-data-config.xml at the same level. In this article, we retrieve a table from Facebook, but you can use a custom SQL query to request data as well. The Driver Class and a sample JDBC Connection string are in the sample code below.
  3. In the query section, set the SQL query that select the data from Facebook. deltaQuery and deltaImportquery define the ID and the conditions when using incremental updates from the second import of the same entity.
  4. After all settings are done, restart Solr. > solr stop -all > solr start

Run a DataImport of Facebook Data.

  1. Execute DataImport from the URL below:
    http://localhost:8983/solr/#/CDataCore/dataimport//dataimport
  2. Select the "full-import" Command, choose the table from Entity, and click "Execute."
  3. Check the result of the import from the Query.
  4. Try an incremental update using deltaQuery. Modify some data in the original Facebook data set. Select the "delta-import" command this time from DataImport window and click "Execute."
  5. Check the result of the incremental update.

Using the CData JDBC Driver for Facebook you are able to create an automated import of Facebook data into Apache Solr. Download a free, 30 day trial of any of the 200+ CData JDBC Drivers and get started today.