Fascinated by the “craft” of software development, Eric Pugh has been involved in the open source world as a developer, committer, and user for the past decade. He is a emeritus member of the Apache Software Foundation.
In biotech, financial services and defense IT, he has helped European and American companies develop coherent strategies for embracing open source software. As a speaker he has advocated the advantages of Agile practices in search/discovery/analytics projects.
Eric became involved in Solr when he submitted the patch SOLR-284 for Parsing Rich Document types such as PDF and MS Office formats that became the single most popular patch as measured by votes! The patch was subsequently cleaned up and enhanced by three other individuals, demonstrating the power of the Free/Open Source Model to build great code collaboratively. SOLR-284 was eventually refactored into Solr Cell.
He blogs at http://www.opensourceconnections.com/blog/.