Forum OpenACS Development: Re: Need help with Site-wide-search and search packages

Posted by Dirk Gomez on
I doubt you'll find the code useful. It requires short urls, central package_ids etc all of which is available on the site I was developping against.

Your best bet is to take ACES' site-wide-search which is imho the best freely availabe OpenACS/ACS site-wide-search implementation and port it to OpenACS5.

Dirk, you're saying the ACES site-wide-search package is substantially better than the Oracle site-wide-search currently in OpenACS CVS, and we should port it to OpenACS 5.x? Can you give us more info on why that is, and how that situation came to be?
Posted by Dirk Gomez on
The code in the repository was the basis for site-wide search on the ShareNet
project and I recently talked to the guy who was the lead developer on this
and his comment was: "To save time you better start from scratch".

Here's the bit that I experienced (I worked on it as well):

* Its performance with real-life amount of data was simply awful.

* It didn't work with umlauts.

* It has a lot of weird, weird code like if's that are always true, dynamic
  ddl, abstraction layers etc.

Given that no-one has worked on it for more than two years it should be even
more useless to use it. E.g. it still indexes the forums packages which has
been deprecated a long time ago.

The ACES solution is the ACS3 solution which has worked in this way or another
on many ACS-backed sites, I worked about two years with it and I find it
pretty reasonable, so I think it is sound approach to port it.