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Sphinx review by Ben B.
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"Outstanding product offering high performance and seamless upgrades."

What do you like best?

The performance of Sphinx is easily the best thing about it. Faster then Lucene/Xapian or any other indexing engine I have tried. In addition it has one of the simplest configuration files I have had the pleasure of using. I consider it the Nginx to Lucene's Apache.

What do you dislike?

Possibly the only issue you may hit is that it you cannot easily write your own indexing pipeline.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you want a no frills indexing solution that works best when coupled with your existing SQL database then look no further. Unless you are sure you need the functionality of Lucene at least try Sphinx out. It takes less than an hour to configure and try.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed to index literally billions of lines of source code. Not only was sphinx able to do this quickly and reliably it also produced excellent search results with high performance.

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Sphinx review by Moisés Gabriel C.
Moisés Gabriel C.
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"De facto Python Documentation Generator"

What do you like best?

* Sphinx is the de facto tool for generating source code documentation in a variety of output formats.

* reStructuredText is a simple (yet powerful and flexible) markup language and is part of the standard.

* High quality generated content, highlighting the last responsive html themes are a huge plus.

* Variety of themes and output formats: from a simple (yet beautiful) html static page to pdf export!

What do you dislike?

* Initial setup is somewhat confusing. Documentation is a bit dense.

* By the former point, the learning curve is a bit steep, just enough for the cost/benefit to be rewarding.

* Pluginization: More functionality than I expected is provided by third parties, but as this doesn't seem to affect the workflow (since the current state of the plugins I used is great), could bring problems if one of the plugin devs stop supporting their code.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't stay in the tutorial, read as much documentation as you can so everything is 100% clear. Sphinx is as powerful as you want it to be.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm documenting a huge project, with a lot (i mean A LOT) of components, and the docstring-based documentation generator just works. Picked up a beautiful clear theme and I have a documentation website in the looks of the Flask homepage which is great!

Once you set up your project correctly, everything is easy as just "make html"

What Enterprise Search solution do you use?

Thanks for letting us know!
Sphinx review by Andreas B.
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"Highly flexible Tool for Online and Offline Surveys"

What do you like best?

Very flexible tool with possibilities to be discovered as you grow into into using its full potential. One of the best (basic) features: you design one survey (questionnaire, ballot, poll, report form...) and can use it - in different designs - as online or offline (paper) tool.

The design and extent of real time results (publishable online) appear to be endless. Beautiful graphics make results easily understood.

Once you know your way round Sphinx you can even construct an individual score for one person (e.g. a personality profile) as well as a summative report for the whole sample, using various statistical procedures. At least in Germany (may not be true for all countries) the support is superb, friendly, helpful, highly committed - to your interests, that is.

What do you dislike?

The statistical procedures available are somewhat odd and limited. If Sphinx would improve here, a lot could be gained. However, it is possible to export data (e.g. to Excel, SPSS, csv ...). Tools for qualitative analysis of data are available as add-on, but somewhat rudimentary.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a "big", but scalable solution. Depending on usage you may want to use their online services (can be fairly expensive in the long run). With regular usage your own Sphinx server may well be worth the cost.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Ongoing evaluation of workshop trainers by participants of the workshop, results published in real time, individual scores available to each trainer.

Various research projects have been supported by Sphinx. The largest project to date had more than 9,000 participants.

Sphinx review by User in Internet
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"great indexer"

What do you like best?

Sphinx works well as an indexer. It's fast and efficient.

What do you dislike?

It doesn't scale as easily as other indexers. It scales vertically, but not horizontally.

Recommendations to others considering the product

fast, but doesn't scale as well as others.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

indexing a database.

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