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I am not codewright, but we had troubles with sphinx on search queries containing larger number of terms (for us hiccups started after 100 terms or so). Besides, setting up delta-indexing is PITA and extensibility/configurability is limited. We ended up using solr (which is a memory hog) but at least it works.

Yeah, Elasticsearch is dead easy to update documents with. Elasticsearch is also easier than Sphinx to set up as well (basically throw some data at it and it'll suss out a mapping for it).

The running meme among the engineers at my company is that ElasticSearch is our secret weapon we love to whip out for various problems.

I almost wish it was more of a standard data store. Here's to hoping RethinkDB can fill that void.

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