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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject New Certified Distribution for Solr with free Solr Reference Guide
Date Fri, 08 Jan 2010 08:36:12 GMT
I'm excited to announce the release of Lucid's certified distribution  
for Solr.  Below is the marketing blurb, but a bit of a personal take  

The reference guide is a must-have for all of us (including myself),  
many great details about how all the config options work, etc.  And  
it's *searchable* :) (see link below)

What about the actual certified distribution itself?   Being all about  
the open source myself, why would I want to use it?  The advantage to  
me personally include the pre-configured features such as clustering  
(which doesn't come fully functional with Solr itself due to Apache  
licensing restrictions) and, of course, my baby Solritas as a starter  
search UI view.

Feel free to personally send me feedback with the certified distro and  
the reference guide, or for that matter any thoughts on how Lucid can  
help you or the community.



LucidWorks Certified Distribution for Solr 1.4 is available from Lucid  
Imagination, free with registration. It now includes with a  
comprehensive 375-page reference guide, and an installer, available  
free at You can download the  
Certified Distribution as a .jar file, or download the reference guide  
as a standalone. The reference guide is also available for search  
online at

Key topics covered in the Reference Guide include:

     * Getting Started: This chapter guides you through the  
installation and set-up of the LucidWorks for Solr Certified  
     * Using the Admin Web Interface: introduces the Solr Web  
interface. From your browser, you can view configuration files, submit  
queries, view logfile settings and Java environment settings, and  
monitor and control distributed configurations.
     * Documents, Fields, and Schema Design: describes how Solr  
organizes its data for indexing. It explains how a Solr schema defines  
the fields and field types which Solr uses to organize data within the  
document files it indexes.
     * Understanding Analyzers, Tokenizers, and Filters: explains how  
Solr prepares text for indexing and searching. Analyzers parse text  
and produce a stream of tokens, lexical units used for indexing and  
searching. Tokenizers break field data down into tokens. Filters  
perform other transformational or selective work on token streams.
     * Indexing and Basic Data Operations: describes the indexing  
process and basic index operations, such as commit, optimize, and  
     * Searching: presents an overview of the search process in Solr.  
It describes the main components used in searches, including request  
handlers, query parsers, and response writers. It lists the query  
parameters that can be passed to Solr, and it describes features such  
as boosting and faceting, which can be used to fine-tune search results.
     * The Well Configured Solr Instance: discusses performance tuning  
for Solr. It tells you how to configure multiple SolrCores, how to  
configure the Lucene index writer, and more.
     * Managing Solr: discusses important topics for running and  
monitoring Solr. It describes running Solr in the Apache Tomcat  
servlet runner and Web server. It also describes LucidGaze, Lucid  
Imagination's tool for statistical reporting about Solr. Other topics  
include how to back up a Solr instance, and how to run Solr with Java  
Management Extensions (JMX).
     * Scaling and Distribution: tells you how to grow a Solr  
distribution by dividing a large index into sections called shards,  
which are then distributed across multiple servers, or by replicating  
a single index across multiple services.
     * Client APIs: tells you how to access Solr through various  
client APIs, including JavaScript, JSON, and Ruby.

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