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Bay Area Search - Overview of Lucene/Solr - Doug Cutting

  • Aug 28, 2013 · 6:30 PM


Overview of Lucene/Solr

Doug Cutting originally wrote Lucene in 1999. It joined the Apache Software Foundation's Jakarta family of open-source Java products in September 2001 and became its own top-level Apache project in February 2005. Until recently it included a number of sub-projects, such as Lucene.NET, Mahout, Solr and Nutch. Solr has merged into the Lucene project itself and Mahout, Nutch, and Tika have moved to become independent top-level projects. While suitable for any application which requires full text indexing and searching capability, Lucene has been widely recognized for its utility in the implementation of Internet search engines and local, single-site searching. At the core of Lucene's logical architecture is the idea of a document containing fields of text. This flexibility allows Lucene's API to be independent of the file format. Text from PDFs, HTML, Microsoft Word, and OpenDocument documents, as well as many others (except images), can all be indexed as long as their textual information can be extracted.

In today’s discussion, Doug will share background on the impetus and creation of Lucene. He will talk about the evolution of the project and explain what the core technology has enabled today. Doug will also share his thoughts on what the future holds for Lucene and SOLR.


Speaker Bio

Doug (@cutting) is the founder of numerous successful open source projects, including Lucene, Nutch, Avro, and Hadoop. Doug joined Cloudera in 2009 from Yahoo!, where he was a key member of the team that built and deployed a production Hadoop storage and analysis cluster for mission-critical business analytics. Doug is the former Chairman of the Apache Software Foundation and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Stanford University.




6:30 Eat & Greet

7:00 Talk - Great speakers, good food, free beer.

Event will be held at the eBay campus just off 17/880 @ Hamilton in the main Community building.  Look for lobby/flagpole.

Wifi: eBayGuest/BuyItNow!

I'm always looking for speakers.  Please suggest speakers or topics you would like to hear.


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  • Ranjan S.

    The video recording is now available at

    2 · August 29, 2013

    • Joe A.

      Thank you, Ranjan!

      August 29, 2013

  • Mark C.

    That was an excellent presentation. I'm looking forward to the slides and the video.

    August 29, 2013

  • Joe A.

    Excellent presentation, Doug! Can we get a copy of the slides? Was a recording made/posted?

    August 29, 2013

  • Stoney V.

    Thank you for the excellent presentation.

    August 28, 2013

  • Ayon S.

    Having Doug talk about Lucene and Solr was great. I had only heard him talk about Hadoop before.

    August 28, 2013

  • Amir Y.


    August 28, 2013

  • Thomas P.

    Please bring your IDs as our security folks will check them.

    August 27, 2013

  • Ronald Z.

    Would appreciate it if anyone is from Palo Alto area and can give me a ride, (and can take advantage of carpool lane as well. :-)

    August 27, 2013

  • Patrick L.

    Will live streaming or recording be available?

    1 · August 27, 2013

  • Thomas P.

    For people who are still on the waiting list, please come as we should have enough space to hold all.

    August 26, 2013

  • Thomas P.

    In this incoming meetup, we are fortunate to lock Doug to speak for us. Feel free to share what interests you the most from him on the comment part.

    August 9, 2013

  • Eden


    July 4, 2013

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