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From Michael Garski <>
Subject RE: Lucene.Net.Store Namespace
Date Tue, 10 Nov 2009 02:37:16 GMT

While alteration of internal implementations will certainly be openly
embraced, diverging too far from the original java implementation at
this time isn't practical due to the small number of folks that actually
contribute to Lucene.Net - there are only 3 committers at this time (I'm
not).  The (admittedly far off) goal is to keep Lucene.Net functionally
equivalent with the Java implementation on a commit by commit basis, and
once that has been attained divergence in the API can be discussed.

That being said, as I am digging into the 2.9 port, we may have no
choice but to go off of the 3.5 framework to ensure we can actually
bring the 2.9 version to fruition.

And don't get me started on ParallelMultiSearcher - it's a total dog.  I
have an implementation that I use with ThreadPool threads and
ManualResetEvents along with object pooling that is much more


-----Original Message-----
From: Nicholas Paldino [.NET/C# MVP] []

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 6:25 PM
Subject: RE: Lucene.Net.Store Namespace


	I agree, it's fairly low.  I've just joined today after working
with the 
stable 2.0 release privately and converting most of that to work with

	Most of it is actually usable in .NET 2.0, there is a little bit
of LINQ in 
there, which cleans up the code tremendously where it is used (it helps
great deal with a lot of the ugly nested loops), but primarily, these
are the 
things I've been able to achieve which I may or may not have been
already (this is copied from the user list, which I just replied to):

- Proper implementation of IDisposable over Close methods (there is a
pattern to adhere to, and the Close methods don't do it).

- Proper implementation of IEnumerable<T>, ICollection<T>, IList<T> on 
collection types and changing enumeration through collections to foreach
	- Use of LINQ in some places in order to make code more
declarative (e.g. 
flatting out nested loops, cleans up some VERY messy nested loops)

- Removed use of Join method on the Thread class (it is depreciated),
with other .NET synchronization primitives.
	- Using Semaphore instead of Thread.Join for the multi thread

- Replacing ArrayList and Hashtable with List<T> and Dictionary<TKey,
	- Using generic versions vs non-generic versions, especially
when a type 
parameter is a structure provides massive performance gains (due to lack
	- Where synchronized versions were used, locks were put into
place at 
appropriate areas to lock access
		- Lock scope was expanded to ensure that multiple
operations on the same 
synchronized resource is atomic

- Implementing .NET types where appropriate
	- e.g. ScoreDocComparator becomes IScoreDocComparer, deriving
	- Methods that override Equals implement IEquatable<T>, and
IComparable<T>, as well as provide == and != overrides.

- Condensing types
	- e.g. ICharStream is defined twice.

- Cleaned up excessive use of internal.

	I'd also like to address Get and Set methods, replacing them
with properties, 
but I don't know if that crosses the line for the group.  There are a
bunch of 
other things that I see can use work, but at that point, I feel I might
stepping on toes, as it would affect the shape of the API.  Of course,
that's the direction the group wants to go, then great, but I think what
listed above is enough for now.

		- Nick

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Garski []
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 8:31 PM
Subject: RE: Lucene.Net.Store Namespace

Thanks Nick!  Official 4.0 support of Lucene would be a ways off,
however an implementation that uses 4.0 could always be added to the
contrib section.

I think an NIOFSDirectory implementation is fairly low on the priority
list at the moment... unless you'd like to look into it ;)


-----Original Message-----
From: Nicholas Paldino [.NET/C# MVP] []

Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 4:56 PM
Subject: RE: Lucene.Net.Store Namespace


	From my perspective, this is a memory-mapped file.  Explicit
for memory-mapped files is provided in .NET 4.0, but from what I can
tell (I
just joined the mailing list today), that's a long way off.

	However, you can provide the same functionality through the
API (which can be accessed through the P/Invoke layer).  Here are the

	Note if you want to create an implementation of this, you are
to have to use SafeHandle instances.  If you have to create specialized
ones, doing it right requires some pretty delicate work (you need to
attribute everything correctly for CER guarantees).

		- Nick

-----Original Message-----
From: Michael Garski []
Sent: Monday, November 09, 2009 7:16 PM
Subject: Lucene.Net.Store Namespace

Woo-hoo!  I've been authorized to commit full-time to getting Lucene 2.9
in shape and ready to go!

I've submitted 6 patches for various fixes in the Store namespace, they
are all independent, however there may be some cleanup throughout the
namespace once they are all reviewed, approved, and committed.  There
are certainly some optimizations that can be done in there and I plan on
taking those on when the tests are all in a passing state.

I suggest we hold off on a .NET equivalent to NIOFSDirectory at this
time.  I'm not even sure if there even is a .NET or underlying system
call that provides the  same functionality as the FileChannel classes.
Anyone have any info on that topic?


Michael Garski

Sr. Search Architect

310.969.7435 (office)

310.251.6355 (mobile)

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