I have a good news: Sphinx Client API has been updated and now it supports all brand new features of the unstable Sphinx 0.9.8 development snapshot. What does it mean for you as a developer? What features you will get if you would decide to switch to the new version? I will describe most valuable improvements of the Sphinx in this article, and will show how to use them with new Sphinx Client API 0.4.0 r909.
If you are creating Ruby on Rails application like a blog, you most probably want to generate URLs using post titles. It’s good practice, because search engines like keywords in URL, and it looks more human-readable. Just compare: http://example.com/posts/10 and http://example.com/posts/generating-permalinks-from-string (yeah, it’s long, but self-descriptive). Anyways, this is small post about converting a title to a permalink.
It’s happened! We all waited for Sphinx update and finally Andrew Aksyonoff has released version 0.9.7 of his wonderful search engine (who does not know about it, look my previous posts here and here).
Свершилось! Мы все ждали обновления Sphinx, и вот наконец Andrew Aksyonoff выпустил версию 0.9.7 своего замечательного поискового движка (для тех, кто не понимает, о чем я говорю: посмотрите мои предыдущие заметки здесь и здесь).
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Today I found that Sphinx search engine has been updated. Major new features include:
- extended query mode with boolean, field limits, phrases, and proximity support (eg.: @title "hello world"~10 | @body example program);
- extended sorting mode (eg.: @weight DESC @id ASC);
- combined phrase+statistical ranking which takes words frequencies into account (currently in extended mode only);
- official Python API;
- contributed Perl and Ruby APIs.
I have updated Sphinx Client Library along with Sphinx 0.9.7-RC2 Windows build.
Almost all Web-applications needs data search logic and really often this logic should have full-text search capabilities. If you are using MySQL database, you can use its FULLTEXT search, but it’s not efficient when you have a large amout of data. In this case third party search engines used, and one of them (and I think, the most efficient) is Sphinx. In this article I’ll present my port of Sphinx client library for Ruby and show how to use it.