We ran a couple of Lucene Hackdays over the last couple of weeks: a chance to get together with other people working on open source search, learn from each other and to try and improve both Lucene and associated software.
The next week a number of us were in Montreal for the Activate conference (previously known as Lucene/Solr Revolution but now sprinkled with cutting-edge AI fairy dust!). Our second Hackday was hosted by Netgovern and we worked on various Lucene/Solr issues, some improvements to our Harahachibu proxy (which attempts to block Solr updates when disk space is low) and discussed in depth how to improve the Solr onboarded experience. Pizza (sponsored by OneMoreCloud) and coffee fueled the hacking and we also added some new features including a Query Parser for MinHash queries. Many Lucene/Solr committers attended and afterwards we met up for a drink & food nearby (thanks to Searchstax for sponsoring this!) where we were joined by a few others – including Yonik Seeley, creator of Solr.
Next it was time for Activate – of which more later! Thanks to everyone who attended – you can see some notes and links about what we worked on here. Work will be continuing on these issues I’m sure.