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This wiki contains a set of code samples to get your started.

Basic Objects

My data definition:

class Data{
  long id;
  String content;

Define a ZoieIndexableInterpreter:

A ZoieIndexableInterpreter is a way to convert a data object into a Lucene document:

class DataIndexable implements ZoieIndexable {
  private Data _data;
  public DataIndexable(Data data) {
    _data = data;

  public long getUID() {

  public IndexingReq[] buildIndexingReqs() {
    // We always create just one indexing request with one single document.
    // For legacy reasons, we have this API to return an array.
    // This array should contain one and only one indexing request.
    Document doc = new Document();
    doc.add(new Field("content",_data.content,Store.NO,Index.ANALYZED));

    // no need to add the id field, Zoie will manage the id for you
    return new IndexingReq[]{new IndexingReq(doc)};

  // the following methods in this example are kind of hacky,
  // but it is designed to be used when information needed to determine whether documents
  // are to be deleted and/or skipped are only known at runtime

  public boolean isDeleted() {
    return "_MARKED_FOR_DELETE".equals(_data.content);

  public boolean isSkip(){
    return "_MARKED_FOR_SKIP".equals(_data.content);

class DataIndexableInterpreter implements ZoieIndexableInterpreter<Data> {
  public ZoieIndexable interpret(Data src){
    return new DataIndexable(src);

Build an IndexDecorator

An IndexDecorator is a way for clients to decorate a given ZoieIndexReader to a custom IndexReader type, e.g. FilterIndexReader class in Lucene.

This is not mandatory, client for most cases can just use the returned ZoieIndexReader.

class MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader extends FilterIndexReader {
  public MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader(IndexReader reader) {

  public void updateInnerReader(IndexReader inner) {
    in = inner;

class MyDoNothingIndexReaderDecorator implements IndexReaderDecorator<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader> {

  public MyDoNothingIndexReaderDecorator decorate(ZoieIndexReader indexReader) throws IOException {
    return new MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader(indexReader);

  public MyDoNothingIndexReaderDecorator redecorate(MyDoNothingIndexReaderDecorator decorated,
                                                    ZoieIndexReader copy) throws IOException {
    // underlying segment has not changed, just change the inner reader

    return decorated;

Build a ZoieSystem

We are now ready to build a ZoieSystem instance:

// index directory
File idxDir = new File("myIdxDir");

// create an analyzer
Analyzer analyzer = new StandardAnalyzer(Version.LUCENE_CURRENT);

// create similarity
Similarity similarity = new DefaultSimilarity();

ZoieIndexableInterpreter<Data> myInterpreter = new DataIndexableInterpreter();

IndexReaderDecorator<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader> decorator = new MyDoNothingIndexReaderDecorator();

ZoieSystem indexingSystem = new ZoieSystem(idxDir,         // index direcotry
                                           myInterpreter,  // my interpreter
                                           decorator,      // index decorator
                                           analyzer,       // my analyzer
                                           similarity,     // my similarity
                                           1000,           // # events to hold in mem before flushing to disk
                                           300000,         // time(ms) to wait before flushing to disk
                                           true);          // true for realtime

indexingSystem.start();  // ready to accept indexing events

Basic Search

This example shows how to set up basic indexing and search

thread 1: (indexing thread)

long batchVersion = 0;
  Data[] data = buildDataEvents(...); // build a batch of data object to index

  // construct a collection of indexing events
  ArrayList<DataEvent> eventList = new ArrayList<DataEvent>(data.length);
  for (Data datum : data){
    eventList.add(new DataEvent<Data>(batchVersion,datum));

  // do indexing

 // increment my version

thread 2: (search thread)

// get the IndexReaders
List<ZoieIndexReader<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader>> readerList = indexingSystem.getIndexReaders();

// MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader instances can be obtained by calling
// ZoieIndexReader.getDecoratedReaders()

List<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader> decoratedReaders = ZoieIndexReader.extractDecoratedReaders(readerList);
SubReaderAccessor<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader> subReaderAccessor = ZoieIndexReader.getSubReaderAccessor(decoratedReaders);

// combine the readers
MultiReader reader = new MultiReader(readerList.toArray(new IndexReader[readerList.size()]),false);
// do search
IndexSearcher searcher = new IndexSearcher(reader);
Query q = buildQuery("myquery",indexingSystem.getAnalyzer());

TopDocs docs =,10);

ScoreDoc[] scoreDocs = docs.scoreDocs;

// convert to UID for each doc
for (ScoreDoc scoreDoc : scoreDocs){
   int docid = scoreDoc.doc;

   SubReaderInfo<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader> readerInfo = subReaderAccessor.getSubReaderInfo(docid);

   long uid = (long)((ZoieIndexReader<MyDoNothingFilterIndexReader>)readerInfo.subreader.getInnerReader()).getUID(readerInfo.subdocid);

// return readers

UID/docid mapping// given a ZoieIndexReader instance:

ZoieIndexReader zreader = ...

docid to uid

long uid = zreader.getUID(docid);

// make sure uid is not deleted in this reader:

if (uid==ZoieIndexReader.DELETED_UID)
  throw new ZoieException("uid deleted");

uid to docid

DocIDMapper docidMapper = zreader.getDocIDMapper();

int docid = docidMapper.getDocID(uid);

if (docid==DocIDMapper.NOT_FOUND)
  throw new ZoieException("uid does not exist");

Data Providers

Data providers can be many things, e.g.:

  • RDBMS streamer
  • Crawler

Zoie comes out of the box with some useful data providers.


This is the top level abstraction for stream based data providers. SeeStreamDataProvider javadoc.

To write an implementation, simply override the next() method and return null to indicate end of the stream.

All StreamDataProvider instances can be managed by the JMX mbean: DataProviderAdminMBean


A very simple stream data provider that constructs from a list of events and iterates through them. The Zoie unit tests are built from it. See javadoc.


This stream data provider takes a java File object and recursive iterates all files within it (if it is a directory). It is constructed with simply a File instance. See javadoc.


This data provider is an abstraction for streaming data from a RDBMS via JDBC.

To build a JDBCStreamDataProvider:


Factory that builds a JDBC Connection instance. There are two such factories pre-built:

  • MySql - MysqlJDBCConnectionFactory
  • Oracle - OracleJDBCConnectionFactory

Following code shows how to build a MysqlJDBCConnectionFactory:

JDBCConnectionFactory connFactory = new MysqlJDBCConnectionFactory("localhost/mydb","root","");

A PreparedStatementBuilder does the following:

  • Builder for a PreparedStatement given a JDBC Connection instance and a starting version.
  • Builder for a DataEvent instance given a ResultSet object.

    Do NOT call or anyway iterates into the set.

Putting it together:
// create a connection factory which attaches to a database
JDBCConnectionFactory connFactory = new MysqlJDBCConnectionFactory("localhost/mydb","root","");

// instantiate a statement builder that knows about the schema of the database
PreparedStatementBuilder myBuilder = ...

// build a data provider
JDBCStreamDataProvider dataProvider = new JDBCStreamDataProvider(connFactory,myBuilder);

// setting the indexing system to listen to the data provider

// start the data provider to push data from database to the indexing system.
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