On top of repeated security breaches to the Java browser plug-in, the long-established practice of including unrelated browser add-ons with the Java runtime installer is giving end-users another reason to avoid the Java platform.
Lucene.Net, a C# port of the Lucene text search index library, has graduated the Incubator and has become a top-level Apache project. This article contains an interview with Prescott Nasser on the future of the project and Solr.Net.
Yahoo! have released a search plugin Axis which allows clients to search for web content with graphical previews rendered on the server. Unfortunately, they also leaked their private Chrome signing key with the Chrome extension. Read on for more.
Amazon launched CloudSearch to address growing demand for search capabilities in applications without the overhead of standing up and maintaining search infrastructure. The launch has spurred off a race among search providers. This article focuses on the strengths and gaps in the CloudSearch feature set based on experiences and reactions from the user community.
LinkedIn engineering releases SenseiDB 1.0.0, a NoSQL database focused on high update rates and complex semi-structured search queries, already used in production by LinkedIn in its search related pages (e.g. People/Company search)
LinkedIn has open sourced IndexTank, a document indexing engine that runs on the cloud and lets users customize the indexing process and tweak the results.
The Lucene PMC (Project Management Committee) has announced the availability of Apache Lucene 3.5.0 and Apache Solr 3.5.0. Lucene is a high-performance, full-featured text search library. Solr is a standalone search server that uses Lucene at its core for indexing and search.
eBay presented a keynote at Hadoop World, describing the architecture of its completely rebuilt search engine, Cassini, slated to go live in 2012. It indexes all the content and user metadata to produce better rankings and refreshes indexes hourly. It is built using Hadoop for hourly index updates and HBase to provide random access to item information.
Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! have decided to propose a common markup vocabulary, Schema.org, based on the Microdata format, simplifying the job of webmasters who want to give meaning to their web pages content.
While attending the Berlin Buzzwords NoSql conference, Jan Lehnardt (@janl) one of conference organizers and co-author of CouchDB: The Definitive Guide (a free O'Reilly book). presented a talk titled: "Making Software for Humans - CouchDB and The Usable Peer-to-Peer Web".
After several years of development, the developers from NeoTechnology have released version 1.0 of Neo4j, a Java-based graph database which follows the property graph datamodel. InfoQ spoke with NeoTechnology COO Peter Neubauer to learn more about the current Neo4j release and what it offers to developers.
The Apache Software Foundation has released Lucene 2.9, the last minor release before 3.0. Amongst other features version 2.9 includes a number of performance improvements, and adds near real-time searching, native support for numeric range queries, and geospatial aware searching.
Developers working with Apache Search engine Lucene typically rely on using a code profiler, debugging the source code, or manually instrumenting the Lucene code to track down performance variations with their Lucene implementation. LucidGaze, a free product from Lucid Imagination, offers an alternative. InfoQ takes a look at the product and talks to Lucid Imagination to find out more.
The latest version of Hibernate Search, an open source domain model search framework from Hibernate group, supports a declarative and dynamic search analyzer model as well as indexing and query time performance improvements. Hibernate Search development team recently announced the release of Version 3.1 of the search framework. The new version also provides new features focused on usability.
The Apache Solr project, an open source enterprise search server based on Apache Lucene, recently released version 1.3. InfoQ spoke with Solr creator Yonik Seeley to learn more about this release, and also about what capabilities Solr offers to end users.