Illuminating Lucene.Net: Bringing Full-Text Search to Light

Tired of shredding C# objects to shove them into a SQL database? Are you frustrated because SQL full-text search isn't providing the features you need? Curious about the search technology used by web sites like StackOverflow and NoSQL databases like RavenDB? Come learn about Lucene.Net, one of the best-kept secrets in the .NET ecosystem.

By the way, Lucene.Net is the C# version of the Apache Lucene full-text indexing engine and document database.

Speaker Bio:
W. Dean Thrasher is a DC ALT.NET member who has spent most of the last decade working with relational databases and large scale information management systems. The last two web content management systems he built for different clients relied upon Lucene.Net, and he's eager to share his enthusiasm for it and experience with it.

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  • Patrick D.

    Dean did a fantastic job introducing and providing good concrete examples of how to use Lucene.net. He was able to answer any question the audience could throw at him.

    May 16, 2013

  • Natthapol W.

    Thanks for the wonderful presentation Dean! I look forward to seeing the code and the presentation. where can we find them?

    May 15, 2013

    • Dean T.

      Glad you liked it! I just posted the slides and code samples in the comments above.

      1 · May 15, 2013

  • Jason M.

    Definitely an excellent presentation last night, Dean - solid combination of overview and detail, and excellent coverage of audience questions. I'm just sorry I had to grab the train back up to Baltimore and couldn't stay to kibbutz after.

    May 15, 2013

    • Dean T.

      Thanks, Jason. No worries -- we'll catch up at the next event!

      May 15, 2013

  • Dean T.

    I've posted the slides and code samples. The presentation is on Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/DThrasher/illuminating-lucene-20130514

    And the code samples are on my website: http://www.infovark.com/downloads/IlluminatingLucene_20130514.zip

    You can find links to both on my technical blog: http://underground.infovark.com/2013/05/15/illuminating-lucene-net-slides-and-code-samples/

    Please let me know if you have follow-up questions or would like help implementing or troubleshooting Lucene.Net.

    Thanks again to everyone for attending. See you at the next meetup!

    May 15, 2013

  • Michael R.

    Yes. Great meetup!

    May 15, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Dean, thanks again for an excellent presentation. Thank you to The Motley Fool for sponsoring the pizza and soda. Thanks to NRECA for proving the meeting space and A/V setup. And thank you to those that attended, networked, asked great questions, and provided great comments both during and after the meeting. Your participation is very much appreciated. - Stephen

    May 15, 2013

  • Dean T.

    Thanks, everyone, for asking great questions last night! I'll have the slides and code samples posted tonight.

    May 15, 2013

  • J. M.

    Great presentation tonight. Dean did an excellent job of organizing an introduction to Lucene.net with a discussion of what it is, why we'd want to use it, basic concepts, basic info about internals -- etc. Everyone with even a mild interest should look at the materials (including code) he will be arranging to make available.

    May 14, 2013

    • Mark R.

      Agreed. Good overview, but offered enough concrete examples to give a sense of where and how Lucene.net (and Lucene, in general) can be used.

      May 15, 2013

  • Nevin H.

    Family commitments this week, sadly

    May 13, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Wait! This just in. We got an email that our meeting room has changed. DC Alt .Net is now in CC3 (ground level) on Tuesday night.

    May 10, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    It's great to see that we have several first timers joining us on Tuesday night. Welcome! Some quick info ... pizza and sodas arrives a little before 6:30 ... most people arrive between 6:30 and 7:00 to eat and network ... the meeting starts at 7. The meeting is held in CC 4/5, which is on the P1 level ... take the main elevators down one level and follow the signs. The meeting usually ends around 8:30, but sometimes goes until 9. If I have raffle items, I raffle them off at the end. Several of us continue the conversations over a beer at a place nearby. Hope to see you on Tuesday.

    P.S. Don't forget to vote for your pizza and soda preferences: http://www.meetup.com/dcaltnet/polls/813412/

    May 10, 2013

  • J. M.

    Should we eat dinner before coming, or will there be the usual pizza & soft drinks?

    May 9, 2013

    • J. M.

      Dinner starting at 9 with a wife waiting at home won't work for me....

      May 9, 2013

    • Stephen R.

      There will be pizza and soda.

      May 9, 2013

  • Josh R.

    I am a recent BS/ISS graduate so I have little development experience. However, I have recently begun to study C#/.NET and ASP.NET etc.... SharePoint soon. My question is what audience is this meeting for? Am I in the right place or did I get off at the wrong floor??? :)

    May 8, 2013

    • Halim S.

      Hi Josh. You are at the right place and at the right time! I wish I had started attending such meetups right after I graduated years ago. If I were you I would attend as many as I can. Even if the topic was slightly interesting and even if you had little or no experience in the subject, it is a good idea to attend when you can. It is a great way to get exposed to what's out there, and to see what other people are working on. You never know when you will learn something new, or become interested in some new technology you never heard of before. And even if you don't learn anything new in one of the sessions, it is still a great way to connect with other people in the development community. And of course who could say no to free pizza!!!! (J)

      May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Have been playing around with F# for a while and absolutely loving it. Looking forward to some meetups/talks related to this topic.

    May 9, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Hi Josh, I think you're at the right place. Our meetings are for developers interested in learning about new tools and technologies that complement the .NET universe. You're welcome to join us to figure out if you're in the right place.

    May 9, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Pls vote for your pizza/soda preference: http://www.meetup.com/dcaltnet/polls/813412/

    May 1, 2013

  • Stephen R.

    Same as the last two meetings, we are in the NRECA building CC4/5, located on the P1 level.

    April 27, 2013

  • Dean T.

    As the presenter, I have to show up!

    1 · April 21, 2013

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