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LucidWorks Enterprise

Jan 12, 2011, 06:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jesse Smith)

"In mid-December the Lucid Imagination team released a new product called LucidWorks Enterprise. It's a solution based upon the Apache Lucene/Solr search technology. So you might be wondering - is it a search engine, a desktop search tool, a library? In the documentation for LucidWorks Enterprise (LWE) we receive the following introduction: "LucidWorks Enterprise has been designed to provide you with the search capabilities and benefits of Solr while still providing the ease of use you need to work efficiently in an environment in which data is everywhere, and you need to get a handle on it. While it does provide some great opportunities for programmers to take control and build powerful search applications using those capabilities, it's also been designed to take much of the pain out of using such a complex system."

"The above is a good mission statement, but it doesn't really tell us what LWE does or why it's an attractive icing on top of the Solr cake. Fortunately the good folks over at Lucid Imagination were kind enough to provide me with a demo of their latest and greatest so I could answer those questions. The download package, which takes the form of a Java archive, is approximately 86 MB in size. Being based on Java technology, LWE is cross-platform and is supported on Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. For the purpose of testing LWE I set up a VirtualBox virtual machine running Linux Mint 9 (which is based on Ubuntu's 10.04 LTS release, appropriately named "Lucid Lynx"). The people at Lucid Imagination also provided me with their "Getting Started With LucidWorks Enterprise" document, a 41-page PDF file."

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