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Von Montag, den 24.09 und Dienstag, den 25.09, fanden in Köln die OpenCms-Days 2012 statt.

Gemeinsam mit dem ehemaligen synyxer Florian Hopf haben sich Oliver Messner, Fabian Buch und ich schon am Sonntagabend nach Köln begeben.

Am Montagmorgen eröffnete Alexander Kandzior von Alkacon die Veranstaltung mit der Vorstellung der nagelneuen Version 8.5 und demonstrierte hierbei direkt den neuen Editor, der das Arbeiten vereinfachen und beschleunigen wird. In diesem Zusammenhang wurde auch eine Solr-Integration für mehr Suchmöglichkeiten und eine CMIS-Anbindung zum Zugriff auf Content durch diesen Standard vorgestellt.

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Matching the time of my talk at this years OpenCms Days we released our module for integrating Solr with OpenCms. A few days have passed now and we had the time to polish the documentation and some aspects of the module.

Solr is a search server that is based on the de facto standard for indexing in Java, Apache Lucene. It provides an abstraction layer above the low level details of indexing and adds some useful features like facetting and synonyms.

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From May 9 2011 to May 10 the third OpenCms Days took place in Cologne. The topic of the conference was "The OpenCms 8 User Experience", targeting the release of OpenCms 8 with its advanced direct edit (ADE) functionality. We at Synyx, being a sponsor for the third conference in a row, have been looking forward to both of these events, the conference and the release of OpenCms 8 for quite some time. In this blogpost I want to mention some of the highlights of the conference, in another blogpost I will describe some of the new features of OpenCms 8.

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Solr is a search server that bundles a lot of useful Lucene modules and provides an HTTP interface for querying and updating the data. The index and most of the query mechanisms are configured using XML documents, client applications normally don't need to be changed when adjusting the server configuration. As the server configuration heavily influences the quality of your users search experience it's a good idea to implement some integration tests that validate your functionality.
Solr ships with a useful abstract JUnit test case that can be used as a basis for your integration tests. I will demonstrate how to fire up a simple test using maven.
The most important part is the dependencies section of the pom: