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From Israel Ekpo <>
Subject [NEWS] New Response Writer for Native PHP Solr Client
Date Tue, 22 Jun 2010 12:03:02 GMT
Hi Solr users,

If you are using Apache Solr via PHP, I have some good news for you.

There is a new response writer for the PHP native extension, currently
available as a plugin.

This new feature adds a new response writer class to the
org.apache.solr.request package.

This class is used by the PHP Native Solr Client driver to prepare the query
response from Solr.

This response writer allows you to configure the way the data is serialized
for the PHP client.

You can use your own class name and you can also control how the properties
are serialized as well.

The formatting of the response data is very similar to the way it is
currently done by the PECL extension on the client side.

The only difference now is that this serialization is happening on the
server side instead.

You will find this new response writer particularly useful when dealing with
responses for

- highlighting
- admin threads responses
- more like this responses

to mention just a few

You can pass the "objectClassName" request parameter to specify the class
name to be used for serializing objects.

Please note that the class must be available on the client side to avoid a
PHP_Incomplete_Object error during the unserialization process.

You can also pass in the "objectPropertiesStorageMode" request parameter
with either a 0 (independent properties) or a 1 (combined properties).

These parameters can also be passed as a named list when loading the
response writer in the solrconfig.xml file

Having this control allows you to create custom objects which gives the
flexibility of implementing custom __get methods, ArrayAccess, Traversable
and Iterator interfaces on the PHP client side.

Until this class in incorporated into Solr, you simply have to copy the jar
file containing this plugin into your lib directory under $SOLR_HOME

The jar file is available here

Then set up the configuration as shown below and then restart your servlet

Below is an example configuration in solrconfig.xml

<queryResponseWriter name="phpnative"
<!-- You can choose a different class for your objects. Just make sure the
class is available in the client -->
<str name="objectClassName">SolrObject</str>

In independed mode, each property is a separate property
In combined mode, all the properites are merged into a _properties array.
The combined mode allows you to create custom __getters and you could also
implement ArrayAccess, Iterator and Traversable
<int name="objectPropertiesStorageMode">0</int>


Below is an example implementation on the PHP client side.

Support for specifying custom response writers will be available starting
from the 0.9.11 version (released today) of the PECL extension for Solr
currently available here

Here is an example of how to use the new response writer with the PHP


class SolrClass
public $_properties = array();

public function __get($property_name) {

if (property_exists($this, $property_name)) { return $this->$property_name;
} else if (isset($_properties[$property_name])) { return
$_properties[$property_name]; }

return null;

$options = array
'hostname' => 'localhost',
'port' => 8983,
'path' => '/solr/'

$client = new SolrClient($options);


$response = $client->ping();

$query = new SolrQuery();


$query->set("objectClassName", "SolrClass");
$query->set("objectPropertiesStorageMode", 1);

$response = $client->query($query);

$resp = $response->getResponse();


Documentation of the changes to the PECL extension are available here

Please contact me at, if you have any questions or comments.

"Good Enough" is not good enough.
To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.
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