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From Martijn v Groningen <>
Subject Re: Welcome Erick Erickson as Lucene/Solr committer
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2011 10:24:02 GMT
Welcome Erick!

On 2 June 2011 06:45, Doron Cohen <> wrote:

> Welcome Erick!
> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 11:39 PM, Erick Erickson <>wrote:
>> Well, let's see. I used to work for a company that had acquired
>> several other products. The small group I worked in supported
>> ...5 different search engines. One of which had to be rebooted
>> periodically (every hour?) to keep from bringing down the
>> server.
>> In the time it took me to get a response to an email asking for
>> support from one of those vendors I'd found Lucene, downloaded
>> it, indexed some of our content and was searching it.
>> Then the vendor responded with "that's an invalid serial number,
>> we can't talk to you until you give us the right one". I was hooked
>> from there on.
>> So we replaced another one of the search engines, also replaced
>> a SQL solution, and put a new product on Lucene. By the end of
>> the third one, I thought to myself "Gee, there's a certain
>> commonality among these, I wonder if I could write something that
>> was configuration-driven to make this even easier". Fortunately I
>> found Solr before trying to write one myself....
>> The folks on the Lucene user's list gently helped me along
>> with my understanding of Lucene, and I started answering
>> the questions I could. I found three things out.
>> 1> trying to regularly answer a question or two helped
>>     me understand nooks and crannies better.
>> 2> it freed up people who really knew things to help me even more.
>> 3> they invited me to be a committer. This part was totally
>>     unexpected I must say. I contributed a few patches along
>>     the way, mostly around the edges in the jUnit area.
>> Personal stuff:
>> My wife and I have a daughter who's the apple of our eye, and
>> her husband adores her. What more could we ask of him?
>> Along the way we built our house 20+ years ago. OK
>> I don't do drywall (too slow) or electrical (don't like fires) or
>> masonry (don't have the skill). But most of the rest of it worked out.
>> And my wife and I even stayed married.
>> Graduated U of Mich three times, once in elementary ed, then a bs
>> and ms in computer science. Worked in the industry since then,
>> mostly in the publishing area (typesetting systems Z80-based),
>> a newspaper editorial system, a corporate search provider
>> and most recently for a large information provider to business,
>> research and educational  customers. I guess I've been in the
>> tech fields years. Siiggghhhh. Do I get "grandfather"
>> status?
>> Anyway, I'm flattered by the invitation to become a committer and
>> it looks like I need to actually start digging into the code...
>> Thanks PMC
>> Erick
>> On Wed, Jun 1, 2011 at 4:07 PM, Robert Muir <> wrote:
>> > I'm pleased to announce that the Lucene PMC has voted for Erick
>> > Erickson as a committer.
>> >
>> > Erick, its tradition that you introduce yourself with a brief bio.
>> >
>> > Congratulations!
>> >
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Met vriendelijke groet,

Martijn van Groningen

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