The Apache way of developing open source software relies on an active community of users, contributors and developers. All of us can contribute in some way or another. Being a committer means that you participate actively in the software development work and have write access to the source code repository. Each project is lead by a the PMC (Project Management Committee) which consists of some of the committers taking an extra responsibility of staking out the future of the project.
Lucene guru Mike McCandless just released on his blog an impressive piece of work visualizing how Lucene MergePolicy really works through a series of YouTube videos. He feeds Solr with a 10Gb Wikipedia dump and also some random add/delete data source, and then records every single segment written and merged during the whole process. Mike
Cominvent is the first company in Scandinavia to offer professional classroom training for the Open Source search engine Apache Solr. Last week we conducted a training in Denmark, and we plan for a regular schedule in Oslo and on-demand elsewhere in Europe.