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Born to code, David Smiley is a software engineer who's passionate about search, Lucene, spatial, and open source. He has a great deal of expertise with Lucene and Solr, which started in 2008 at MITRE. In 2009, as the lead author, along with the coauthor Eric Pugh, he wrote Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server, the first book on Solr, published by Packt Publishing. It was updated in 2011, Apache Solr 3 Enterprise Search Server, Packt Publishing, and again for this third edition.
After the first book, he developed 1- and 2-day Solr training courses, delivered half a dozen times within MITRE, and he has also delivered training on LucidWorks once. Most of his excitement and energy relating to Lucene is centered on Lucene's spatial module to include Spatial4j, which he is largely responsible for. He has presented his progress on this at Lucene Revolution and other conferences several times. He currently holds the status of committer & Project Management Committee (PMC) member with the Lucene/Solr open source project. Over the years, David has staked his career on search, working exclusively on such projects, formerly for MITRE and now as an independent consultant for various clients. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org and view his LinkedIn profile here: http://www.linkedin.com/in/davidwsmiley.