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From Shawn Heisey <>
Subject Re: Fwd: Am I allowed to generate, enhance and republish a JavaDoc of an Apache project?
Date Fri, 07 Mar 2014 09:32:18 GMT
On 3/6/2014 8:42 PM, Alexandre Rafalovitch wrote:
> I asked this on Apache legal list but got no reply. So, I thought I'll
> try again for the group it will affect directly (project not mentioned
> below is Solr).
> Any opinion on legality, usefulness or possibly underlying causes of
> the original problem would be appreciated.
> Regards,
>    Alex.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, Feb 27, 2014 at 4:41 PM
> Subject: Am I allowed to generate, enhance and republish a JavaDoc of
> an Apache project?
> To:
> Hello,
> For one (of many) of the Apache projects that I use, I am very
> frustrated that Google cannot find the officially-hosted Javadocs.

I'm not going to try to comment about the legal issues, but I will tell
you that I can very often find javadocs for a very specific class by
searching for it along with a specific recent version number.  So I will
google for 'HttpSolrServer 4.7.0' and I have what I need.  Finding
related things is normally pretty easy, because there are clickable
links for related classes buried in any given javadoc page.

When searching for recent docs for SolrQuery, if I leave out the version
number, I only get 4.2.1 and 3.6.0 near the top of the results.  If I
add a version number, the top results are actually kinda useless.  A
search for 'SolrQuery 4.6.1 API' did the trick.  It's simply too common
a phrase, especially when broken apart into Solr and Query.

There are very likely things that we can do to improve our search engine
results.  I'm not well versed in SEO myself.


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