November 13th, 2009

Apache Solr 1. and Apachecon Meetup notes

Solr is a leading open-source enterprise search package: this new version is is built on Apache 2.9.1 and Java 1.5 VM.

New features include speed improvements everywhere, easier replication for scaling search to millions, better database, HTML and Office document compatibility, dynamic clustering of search results, improvements in faceting, much faster numeric range searching and external modules for de-duplication, auto-suggest (aka autocomplete), statistics, and more.

For details, see the Solr 1.4 release notes, and the information from Lucid Imagination: What's New in Apache Solr 1.4, and the Erik Hatcher's recorded webinar on Solr 1.4 (registration required).

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Enterprise Search Summit West: Nov. 16-19, 2009

The Enterprise Search Summit (west and east) are always great meetings, and very productive for me. The presentations are less vendor-brainwashing and more valuable insights and case studies. I learn a lot from those exhibitors who have programmers and product managers for me to talk with, the group lunches, and the hallway conversations.

ESS registration is still open. The expo passes are free when you register online ($25 onsite). Online registration will be closing this weekend, but you can register on site at the San Jose convention center.

My workshop, Fundamentals of Enterprise Search is on Mon. Nov. 16, 9 am -1 pm. If you can't make that time, please contact me for possible webinars and corporate training.

If you'd like to schedule a meeting, my open times are on Monday afternoon, Tuesday late morning, and Wednesday morning: please email or comment, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Keep an eye on this blog or at twitter or linked-in, I will try to share the best and most exciting parts.
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