Fascinated by the "craft" of software development, Eric Pugh has been healthily involved in the open source world as a developer, comitter, and user for the past five years. He is a member of the Apache Software Foundation, and lately has been mulling over how we move from read/write web to the read/write/share web. In biotech, financial services and defence IT, he has helped European and American companies develop coherent strategies for embracing open source software. As a speaker has has advocated the advantages of Agile practices in software development. 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 as part of Solr version 1.4 Eric co-authored "Solr 1.4 Enterprise Search Server", the first book on Solr. he blogs at http://www.opensourceconnections.com/blog/.