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From Doron Cohen <>
Subject Re: Welcome Erick Erickson as Lucene/Solr committer
Date Thu, 02 Jun 2011 04:45:40 GMT
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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