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Apache Lucene: Then and Now By Doug Cutting

Doug Cutting originally wrote Lucene in 1997-8. 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


6:00-6:30 - Networking

6:30-6:45 - Announcements

6:45-8:00 - Doug Cutting

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  • Naresh K.

    The talk is on youtube on the DC HUG channel:

    October 10, 2013

  • Erik H.

    Regrets for not making it.

    September 25, 2013

  • vipul

    It was really good meetup. Learnt a lot about cutting edge technology as well as discussion about architecture. Most people had similar questions as we all know, how to solve various real problems with these technologies in their respective area. Would definitely like to go whenever there will be another meet.

    September 25, 2013

  • Andrey S.

    Slides from Cloudera Search Webinar. Covers most of the topics Doug went through yesterday.

    1 · September 25, 2013

  • Bhaarat S.

    Great meetup! Will definitely be coming out to more in the future.

    September 24, 2013

  • Naresh K.

    When you enter from the main entrance, use the elevators on the right to head downstairs to the ballroom for the meetup

    September 24, 2013

    • Naresh K.

      ^^ the three close by metro stops

      September 24, 2013

    • Jonathan C.

      Naresh. I left my "bti360" black jacket in the front row. Please let me know if you find it. Thanks. [masked]

      September 24, 2013

  • Chito

    Here's Google Directions to Embassy Suites Convention Center:

    September 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    :-( I unfortunately am not able to make the meet up. Will there be a video of the presentation or the slides posted?

    September 23, 2013

  • Bhaskar K.

    How's the parking situation in Downtown ? Are there metered parking spots around ?

    September 23, 2013

  • Ekta P.

    Looking forward to it!

    September 19, 2013

  • Erik H.

    Wow! THE Doug Cutting, a hero to many. I will try to make it up to DC for this.

    September 18, 2013

  • Kartik M.

    Would be great to learn from Doug Cutting.

    September 16, 2013

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