MMM??? 2012, Apache Solr™ 4.0 available The Lucene PMC is pleased to
announce the release of Apache Solr 4.0.

Solr is the popular, blazing fast, open source NoSQL search platform
from the Apache Lucene project. Its major features include powerful
full-text search, hit highlighting, faceted search, dynamic
clustering, database integration, rich document (e.g., Word, PDF)
handling, and geospatial search.  Solr is highly scalable, providing
fault tolerant distributed search and indexing, and powers the search
and navigation features of many of the world's largest internet sites.

Solr 4.0 is available for immediate download at:
   http://lucene.apache.org/solr/mirrors-solr-latest-redir.html

See the CHANGES.txt file included with the release for a full list of
details.

Solr 4.0 Release Highlights:

The largest set of features goes by the development code-name "Solr
Cloud" and involves bringing easy scalability to Solr.  See
http://wiki.apache.org/solr/SolrCloud for more details.
* Distributed indexing designed from the ground up for near real-time
  (NRT) and NoSQL features such as realtime-get, optimistic locking,
  and durable updates.
* High availability with no single points of failure.
* Apache Zookeeper integration for distributed coordination and
  cluster metadata and configuration storage.
* Immunity to split-brain issues due to Zookeeper's Paxos distributed
  consensus protocols.
* Updates sent to any node in the cluster and are automatically
  forwarded to the correct shard and replicated to multiple nodes for
  redundancy.
* Queries sent to any node automatically perform a full distributed
  search across the cluster with load balancing and fail-over.
* A collection management API.
* Smart SolrJ client (CloudSolrServer) that knows to send documents
  only to the shard leaders

Solr 4.0 includes more NoSQL features for those using Solr as a
primary data store:
* Update durability – A transaction log ensures that even uncommitted
  documents are never lost.
* Real-time Get – The ability to quickly retrieve the latest version
  of a document, without the need to commit or open a new searcher
* Versioning and Optimistic Locking – combined with real-time get,
  this allows read-update-write functionality that ensures no
  conflicting changes were made concurrently by other clients.
* Atomic updates - the ability to add, remove, change, and increment
  fields of an existing document without having to send in the
  complete document again.

Many additional improvements include:
* New spatial field types with polygon support.
* Pivot Faceting – Multi-level or hierarchical faceting where the top
  constraints for one field are found for each top constraint of a
  different field.
* Pseudo-fields – The ability to alias fields, or to add metadata
  along with returned documents, such as function query values and
  results of spatial distance calculations.
* A spell checker implementation that can work directly from the main
  index instead of creating a sidecar index.
* Pseudo-Join functionality – The ability to select a set of
  documents based on their relationship to a second set of documents.
* Function query enhancements including conditional function queries
  and relevancy functions.
* New update processors to facilitate modifying documents prior to
  indexing.
* A brand new web admin interface, including support for SolrCloud
  and improved error reporting
* Numerous bug fixes and optimizations.

Noteworthy changes since 4.0-BETA:
* New spatial field types with polygon support.
* Various Admin UI improvements.
* SolrCloud related performance optimizations in writing the the
  transaction log, PeerSync recovery, Leader election, and
  ClusterState caching.
* Numerous bug fixes and optimizations.

Please report any feedback to the mailing lists 
(http://lucene.apache.org/solr/discussion.html)

Note: The Apache Software Foundation uses an extensive mirroring network for
distributing releases.  It is possible that the mirror you are using may not
have replicated the release yet.  If that is the case, please try another
mirror.  This also goes for Maven access.

ReleaseNote40 (last edited 2012-10-11 07:54:43 by RobertMuir)