Search: better user experience with one line of JavaScript

What’s the cheapest trick you can do to get a better user experience on your search solution, and make your users do better search queries? Add a small line of JavaScript in your template’s document ready function:

This will do two things for the user: It’ll be easier to see the search box . [...]

5 reasons Lebron is the future, or why the Forage search engine will rock

The Lebron stack Last week, I saw the future. Wohaa, that’s always a great feeling.  I’ve seen it in earlier weeks also, but now it was even brighter than before. For me, it’s still called the Lebron Stack as Max Ogden explains it and consists of LevelDB, Browserify and npm. All this is mostly happening [...]

Idea: search server running inside browser

Got an idea to use the browser as a virtual machine for Forage Forage is Fergus McDowall’s pet project: A search server written in JavaScript and based on Node.js and LevelDB. Since it’s JavaScript, and HTML5 local storage has the same key/value storage as levelDB (HTML5 local storage for Chrome actually is levelDB) it has the [...]

Search templates in elasticsearch

Using search templates simplifies the life of the client searcher. Now she can have an elasticsearch query DSL expert create search templates for him, hiding away all the ugly booleans, weightings, facets and what have you, while she relaxes in his armchair emitting simple searches for ‘beetroot’ or any other favourite vegetable, fish, meats, dairy, or [...]

Get the new version of Forage, the search server for node.js

The new version of Forage is out! 0.3.0 fixes lots niggles with indexing, and gives a pretty hefty improvement to memory usage. There is also a built in matcher for creating cool auto-suggest and auto-complete controls based on the content of the corpus. In related news there is now a family of crawling tools which [...]

Instant search with AngularJS and elasticsearch

Join our breakfast seminar in Oslo November 28th In this blog post we try to explain how to build a single-page application (SPA) to search in elasticsearch using AngularJS. For simplicity, we will use a twitter index which you can easily create yourself (see here and here). Angular is an open-source JavaScript framework maintained by [...]

Norch is changing its name to Forage

“Norch” appears to be a colloquialism in some far flung corners of the Globe, and this unfortunate semantic mixup was slowing adoption of the otherwise excellent search server formally known as Norch. Henceforth, said search server shall be known as Forage. Check it out here and update all favourites and bookmarks accordingly. In related news, [...]

Search driven websites

Search driven sites lets the reader find what they need on their own premises, not the architect’s! This year’s summer internship program has been centered around the concept “Search driven websites”. Over the course of the summer we’ve gone from a concept and a vision to a prototype website, and we’d like to share the potential [...]

Norch- a search engine for node.js

***** UPDATE 10th Sept 2013: Norch is now known as Forage- read about this change here ***** Norch is a search engine written for Node.js. Norch uses the Node search-index module which is in turn written using the super fast levelDB library that Google open-sourced in 2011. The aim of Norch is to make a [...]

Introducing Solrstrap: A blazing fast tool for querying Solr in a Googleish fashion

I have just made the first (unnumbered) release of Solrstrap available on github Solrstrap is a Query-Result interface for Solr- it is intended to be a starting point for those building web interfaces that talk to Solr, or a very lightweight admin tool for querying Solr in a Googleish fashion. Cool things about Solrstrap: [...]


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