Indexed Searching for Ruby Applications
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: March 2008
Pages: 112

With the introduction of Ferret, Ruby users now have one of the fastest and most flexible search libraries available. And it's surprisingly easy to use.

This book will show you how to quickly get up and running with Ferret. You'll learn how to index different document types such as PDF, Microsoft Word, and HTML, as well as how to deal with foreign languages and different character encodings. Ferret describes the Ferret Query Language in detail along with the object-oriented approach to building queries.

You will also be introduced to sorting, filtering, and highlighting your search results, with an explanation of exactly how you need to set up your index to perform these tasks. You will also learn how to optimize a Ferret index for lightning fast indexing and split-second query results.

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Life is so much better with Ferret (and this PDF)!

By Kevin Marshall

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I've been using Ferret for about a year now having initially stumbled through the implementation using a combination of the Java Lucene book from Manning and the online docs at the David's site...so I came into reading this PDF with at least a little experience on how things used to work (one of my applications even relies on Ferret to index and Java Lucene to search that index).

Since most of the stuff I've been using Ferret with has been running pretty good, my expectation was that maybe I would learn a few little tricks to tweak stuff here and there. But within the first few minutes of skimming through the PDF, I knew I was going to have to print this baby out and get ready for some serious fun!

I was clearly doing things the hard way before reading this PDF. Luckily, David lays out everything you would ever want to know about Ferret (and more) in a very easy-to-follow and even easier-to-implement way with lots of code examples and comments. So it was amazingly easy to get my indexing programs updated to take advantage of all the tips and tricks he lays out (and there are lots throughout this PDF).

All in all, if you run any sort of content based web site (or Ruby application), you probably need solid searhing features...and Ferret is by far the best answer to that problem that I know of...and this PDF is the absolute best way to get it all set up and running with the least amount of energy or worry.

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