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14.3: Making a Redis-backed index

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  • In the repository for this book, you’ll find the source files for this exercise:

    • contains example code for connecting to a Redis server and running a few Jedis methods.
    • contains starter code for this exercise.
    • contains test code for JedisIndex.
    • contains the code we saw in previous exercises to read web pages and parse them using jsoup.

    You will also need these files, which you worked on in previous exercises:

    • implements an index using Java data structures.
    • represents a map from terms to their frequencies.
    • iterates through the nodes in a DOM tree produced by jsoup.

    If you have working versions of these files, you can use them for this exercise. If you didn’t do the previous exercises, or you are not confident in your solutions, you can copy my solutions from the solutions folder.

    The first step is to use Jedis to connect to your Redis server. shows how to do this. It reads information about your Redis server from a file, connects to it and logs in using your password, then returns a Jedis object you can use to perform Redis operations.

    If you open, you should see the JedisMaker class, which is a helper class that provides one static method, make, which creates a Jedis object. Once this object is authenticated, you can use it to communicate with your Redis database.

    JedisMaker reads information about your Redis server from a file named redis_url.txt, which you should put in the directory src/resources:

    • Use a text editor to create and edit ThinkDataStructures/code/src/resources/redis_url.txt
    • Paste in the URL of your server. If you are using RedisToGo, the URL will look like this: 

    Because this file contains the password for your Redis server, you should not put this file in a public repository. To help you avoid doing that by accident, the repository contains a .gitignore file that makes it harder (but not impossible) to put this file in your repo.

    Now run ant build to compile the source files and ant JedisMaker to run the example code in main:

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Jedis jedis = make();
        // String
        jedis.set("mykey", "myvalue");
        String value = jedis.get("mykey");
        System.out.println("Got value: " + value);
        // Set
        jedis.sadd("myset", "element1", "element2", "element3");
        System.out.println("element2 is member: " + jedis.sismember("myset", "element2"));
        // List
        jedis.rpush("mylist", "element1", "element2", "element3");
        System.out.println("element at index 1: " + jedis.lindex("mylist", 1));
        // Hash
        jedis.hset("myhash", "word1", Integer.toString(2));
        jedis.hincrBy("myhash", "word2", 1);
        System.out.println("frequency of word1: " + jedis.hget("myhash", "word1"));
        System.out.println("frequency of word1: " + jedis.hget("myhash", "word2"));

    This example demonstrates the data types and methods you are most likely to use for this exercise. When you run it, the output should be:

    Got value: myvalue
    element2 is member: true
    element at index 1: element2
    frequency of word1: 2
    frequency of word2: 1 

    In the next section, I’ll explain how the code works.