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 http://fergiemcdowall.github.com/solrstrap/ 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: [...]

Using Handlebars.js To Display Results From Solr- A Primer

Handlebars.js is a really great way to render search results from Solr. Handlebars.js has become the defacto standard for templating in JavaScript, filling the void left from the abandonment and non-replacement of the jQuery template project. Handlebars.js is an implementation of the mighty platform-independant mustache project JavaScript templating makes it a lot easier to implement [...]

Solr and Javascript Templating (Solr meetup presentation, September 2012)

Here is a copy of the short presentation I gave at the Solr meetup on the 4th September 2012. Read it if you want a really high level view of the cost, performance, and functional benefits of using Javascript templates to create search applications. One of the live demos has also been uploaded here to [...]

Make an “instant search” application using JSON, Ajax and JQuery

Update 20th Feb 2013: Instant search is now implemented on Solrstrap, the lightweight Solr interface written in JavaScript, HTML and CSS. Check it out here. Here is a quick demo that demonstrates how to create an “instant search” service using JSON, ajax and JQuery. This instant search application uses the excellent OpenSearch interface provided by [...]

Super Fast Image Search with JSON, JQuery and Flickr

Here is a way to build up a really simple image search application using HTML, CSS and JQuery. One thing that can be improved about most image search apps is that browsing search history is sloooow. This image search app provides a neat solution to the history/speed issue by simply displaying results in a push-pop [...]

Asynchronous search results with JQuery, Solr, Json and Ajax

Update: Aug 5th 2012 A live demo of asynchronous search results with JQuery, Solr, Json and Ajax can now be found here There are many reasons to load search results asynchronously- most of the big searchy dotcoms are going in this direction with Google, Facebook and Twitter all relying heavily on ajax to render their [...]

Doing blended results in SharePoint – Part 1: The Hackish Way

(This post is cross posted from Tech and Me) A comment from a colleague on my previous blog post, “XSLT creation revisited for SharePoint 2010 Search and a small search tip”, asked how I would do blended search results in SharePoint Search. I have come up with three ways of doing this, where I will [...]


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