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More than 6 months ago I blogged about Lucene.net starting his path toward extinction. Soon after that, due to the "stubbornness" of the main committer, a few forks appeared, the biggest of which was Lucere.net by Troy Howard.

At the end of the year, despite the promises of the main committer of complying to the request of the Apache board by himself, nothing happened and Lucene.net went really close to be being shut down. But luckily, the same Troy Howard that forked Lucene.net a few months before, decided, together with a bunch of other volunteers, to resubmit the documents required by the Apache Board for starting a new project into the Apache Incubator; by the beginning of February the new proposal was voted for by the Board and the project re-entered the incubator.

Since that day a lot happened to Lucene.net:

What is going to happen next?

At the moment, together with catching up with the long backlog, they are working on a SL/WP7 version of Lucene.net, evaluating a new and better automatic porting system from Java and already looking at starting with Lucene 3.

Shall I start using Lucene.net with confidence?

The answer is definitely yes.
I would have not said so at the of 2010 but now, thanks to Troy and the new set of committers, Lucene.net is definitely back on track, and I see a bright future for it.
Even if not contributing with code, I'm happy to have partially contributed to the rebirth of the project having raised the issue back in November, and in the future I’ll also post project-related announcements on my blog.

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posted on Monday, July 18, 2011 6:49 PM

Comments on this entry:

# re: Lucene.net is back on track

Left by Sergey at 7/19/2011 12:50 AM

Could you explain what is the purpose of SL version of Lucene.Net ? Isn't any search supposed to be wrapped into WCF service which just returns the search results being run on a server. Did you mean this kind of wrapper or version which works with SL class library.

# re: Lucene.net is back on track

Left by dyowee at 7/19/2011 5:01 AM

I want to be able to contribute to Lucene.NET. What are the qualifications?

# re: Lucene.net is back on track

Left by Simone Chiaretta at 7/19/2011 11:40 AM

@dyowee,
I recommend you register to the lucene-dev mailing list, start contributing to discussions and ask for advises over there.

# re: Lucene.net is back on track

Left by Simone Chiaretta at 7/19/2011 11:45 AM

@Sergey: the purpose of a SL version of Lucene.net is to allow a disconnected SL application to perform queries over their local repository living in its own the isolated storage.
Silverlight is now becoming the client development library of Microsoft, and its original purpose (being a competitor of Flash) is quickly fading away.
And also, SL is the library for developing app for WP7, and also here someone might need to be able to search over a local repository of data.

# re: Lucene.net is back on track

Left by Bart Czernicki at 7/19/2011 7:11 PM

You should also add that Lucene.NET is now compatible with Azure!

social.technet.microsoft.com/...

# re: Lucene.net is back on track

Left by Binary download broken link at 7/28/2011 5:00 AM

Didn't know where to post this, as I'm not on any of the Lucene.net mailing lists, and this doesn't count as a Jira bug... but the link on the "Grab the Code" page for the binary...
http/.../binaries/
doesn't work.

# Re: binary download broken link

Left by michael herndon at 8/16/2011 12:44 AM

The binary link should now work, you can post this as a jira bug as the site is a part of the project.

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