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Solr: The Most Important Open Source Project You've Never Heard Of

Sep 25, 2013, 10:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

When I did a story recently about in-demand open source jobs, I wasn't surprised to hear from Dice that the job market was hot, hot, hot for OpenStack (for Big Data, Hadoop in particular) and for the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP/Perl/Python). What did surprise me–indeed, shocked me–was that another red-hot tech jobs area was Solr.

"Solr?" I wondered. "What the heck is Solr?" That was also the reaction of all of my developer friends. And, since my buddies and I, among the lot of us, have centuries in the tech business, we've seen a lot of programs. That "Oh, did you say money?" item set me to do my research. Now I'll let you into the secrets of Solr.

One reason why Solr may not have gained the attention it deserves is it's actually apart of another larger and much better known open source project, Apache Lucene. This, as I’m sure you know, is a Java-based text search engine library.

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