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Jan. 07, 2019

Introduction to Scout Extended

Introduction

Scout Extended provides the perfect starting point to integrate Algolia into your Laravel application. It is carefully crafted to simplify the usage of Algolia within the Laravel Framework.

It’s built on top of the latest release of Laravel Scout, the official Laravel search package. Using Scout Extended, you are free to take advantage of all of Laravel Scout’s great features, and at the same time leverage the complete set of Algolia’s search experience.

Scout Extended is 100% open source, so you’re free to dig through the source to see exactly how it works. See something that needs to be improved? Just send us a pull request on GitHub.

Scout Extended adds functionalities to Laravel Scout, and for this reason, we encourage you to read the Scout documentation first. Documentation for Scout can be found on the Laravel website.

Regarding documentation

Laravel has written excellent online documentation to go along with its release of Scout. They go into great detail on how to use the Scout interface. These resources should be sufficient not only to help you get started but to implement Algolia in the best possible way within the Laravel framework.

One of our goals here is to complement Laravel’s documentation by anticipating questions you might have after reading Laravel’s documentation. Of equal interest, we’re going to detail the powerful features added by Scout Extended, such us Aggregators or Zero Downtime Reimports.

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