Adventures in Full Text Search
Location: Ballroom III Audience level: Novice
Search is a common feature on every website, but there isn’t a single common solution, nor are there easy, comparable datapoints between the options. As a Rails developer, how do you choose the right solution? This talk will review Solr/Lucene, Sphinx and Postgres’ new search features, then discuss which solutions are appropriate for which problems. Sarah will draw from her experience with several search implementations for a range of use cases, including a CMS search plugin and a multi-lingual web application, Mightyverse.
Sarah Allen’s active projects are Mightyverse, testfirst.org, RailsBridge and a couple of not yet released iPhone and iPad apps.
Mightyverse is a mobile startup focused on helping people communicate across languages and cultures. The technology is still being incubated, but parts of it are emerging at mightyverse.com. Currently, Mightyverse is primarily self-funded, so Sarah is paying the bills with independent consulting and training at Blazing Cloud.
Sarah has been part of the OpenLaszlo core team, but of late has been distracted by Ruby, Rails and mobile development. In her spare time, she works to diversify the SF Ruby on Rails community with a focus on outreach to women.
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