Introducing Luwak, a library for high-performance stored queries

A few weeks ago we spoke in Dublin at Lucene Revolution 2013 on our work in the media monitoring sector for various clients including Gorkana and Australian Associated Press. These organisations handle a huge number (sometimes hundreds of thousands) of news articles every day ...Continue reading

Strange bedfellows? The rise of cloud based search

Last night our US partners Lucid Imagination announced that LucidWorks, their packaged and supported version of Apache Lucene/Solr, is available on Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service. It seems like only a few weeks since Amazon announced their own CloudSearch system and no doubt other 'search as a service' providers are waiting in the wings (we're going to need a new acronym as Sa...Continue reading

NOT WITHIN queries in Lucene

A guest post from Alan Woodward who has joined the Flax team recently: I’ve been working on migrating a client from a legacy dtSearch platform to a new system based on Lucene, part of which involves writing a query parser to translate their existing dtSearch queries into Lucene Query objects. dtSearch allows you to perform proximity searches – find doc...Continue reading

Enterprise Search London – Financial applications, SBA book and Solr searching 120m documents

Another excellent evening as part of the Enterprise Search London Meetup series; very busy as usual. Amir Dotan started us off with details of his work in designing user interfaces for the financial services sector, describing some of the challenges involved in designing for a high-pressure and highly regulated environment. Although he didn't talk about search specifically we heard ...Continue reading

Flax partners with Lucid Imagination

We're very happy to announce that we've been selected as an Authorized Partner by Lucid Imagination, the commercial company for Lucene and Solr. You can read the press release as a PDF here. Apache Lucene and Solr, available as open source software from the Apache Software Foundation, are powerful, scalable, reliable and fully-fea...Continue reading

Open source search engines and programming languages

So you're writing a search-related application in your favourite language, and you've decided to choose an open source search engine to power it. So far, so good - but how are the two going to communicate? Let's look at two engines, Xapian and Lucene, and compare how this might be done. Lucene is written in Java, Xapian in C/C++ - so if you're using those languages respectively, everything should be relatively simple - j...Continue reading