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From "Richard Taylor" <>
Subject Re: Standalone Lucene server
Date Sat, 01 Jun 2002 09:56:52 GMT

We're using Lucene in exactly this way (even though we have java

I have wrapped up lucene as a web service and send search requests as xml
strings that are unmarshalled on the server (using JAXB).
These are then used to build up a query and execute it returning the number
of results (storing the search for the web service client by an ID).  Then
the client requests a subset of the results (10 at a time in our case) and
these are returned as an XML string.

We initially had it set up with AXIS (trying to keep to the JAX-RPC
standards) but there were too many bugs and performace issues for our
production environment.  We finally launched with glue
( and I was amazed with the stability and ease of
use. To be fair though it was very easy to switch between the two and I'll
keep a watch on the AXIS development.

This allows your web service clients to be any SOAP client.

Richard Taylor
New Scientist Developer

----- Original Message -----
From: "Christian Ubbesen" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, May 31, 2002 10:00 PM
Subject: Standalone Lucene server

> I'm thinking of using Lucene as a general purpose tool in my toolbox,
> and therefore use it in non-java-only-environments.
> For instance, I would like to use the search capabilities in one of my
> clients NT4/IIS/ASP-environments.
> Since Lucene is essentially a java-library today, I'm wondering if
> anyone have wrapped it up as standalone search engine with some neat
> interface (keywords: TCP, HTTP, XML-RPC, SOAP, whatever really...)?
> Otherwise I suppose it could be an idea to create this sort of
> container.
> Christian
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