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From Otis Gospodnetic <otis_gospodne...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: Development plans for Lucene?
Date Wed, 30 Oct 2002 18:38:41 GMT
Peter,

The reason why the project is not very active from the development
point of view is, in my opinion, in part because only 1 person knows
Lucene inside out, and that person is busy on other projects.  I am
talking about Doug Cutting.
The stability of the core is another reason, like Peter Carlson
mentioned.

If you were involved with CIIR, maybe you can contribute :)

Otis


--- Peter Mularien <pmularien@deploy.com> wrote:
> Hi Peter (echo :)
> 
> Right, I know that Apache projects are built based on contributions.
> 
> I haven't come up with a detailed list of features that I,
> personally, 
> would like to see from Lucene, maybe I can start to work on one and 
> submit it to the users' list for comments and (most importantly) 
> suggestions.
> 
> I have had Lucene on my radar for some time, and as an CIIR/UMass
> alum, 
> contributing to the project is interesting from a personal
> standpoint. 
> One of my big concerns when suggesting Lucene as a project to base
> some 
> software implementation on (or to become personally involved in) is
> the 
> fact that there has not been a lot of developer traffic on the lists.
> 
> I'm not sure why there's not a lot of immediate developer interest,
> but 
> my guess is exactly what you've described, that a lot of people feel 
> that the core API is well developed and there's nowhere else to go.
> 
> I'm not entirely convinced of that, and I'd venture to guess that if
> we 
> were to take a poll, there are a lot of features outside of the core
> API 
> that [potential] users would love to see implemented in the software.
> 
> Alternatively, I know there are some great projects in the sandbox
> and 
> contrib that would be great candidates for inclusion into Lucene
> proper.
> 
> I'm not advocating the Microsoft way of added features for the sake
> of 
> added features, but having development target(s) to focus on and
> squash 
> tends to help garner a lot more [potential] developer interest than 
> having [potential] developers try to come up with new features on
> their 
> own or not introspect and examine whether any additional improvements
> 
> could be made to improve and/or stabilize the core engine itself.
> 
> Not trying to tickle anyone the wrong way, I just think this is a
> great 
> project and would love to stir up some more defined and directed 
> developer interest in it. Playing in a new, Java search engine is a 
> project I've had on my personal list for a while... (:
> 
> Peter
> 
> Peter Carlson wrote:
> 
> > Hi Peter,
> > As you know, Apache projects are based on contributions from other 
> > developers.
> >
> > I think the best way to add features that you want are to make the 
> > changes and submit them to the developers list. As you become more 
> > active, I'm sure that someone will sponsor you for full development
> 
> > status.
> >
> > There are lots of changes going on right now with Lucene, but the
> core 
> > API will probably not be changing much since it has been shown to
> be a 
> > mature, proven project. Most of the contributions right now are in
> the 
> > lucene-sandbox area. These are additions on top of the Lucene API
> to 
> > either extend the functionality or make it easier to access.
> >
> > Most of the questions from user are how to questions, not feature 
> > requests. What functionality are specifically talking about?
> >
> > --Peter
> 
> 
> 
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