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Enhancing the Search Box

Greg Gershman (Self-employed)
Location: Ballroom III
Average rating: ***..
(3.26, 19 ratings)

This session wil provide an overview of enhancements that are commonly made to the search box to provide more sophisticated user interactions. The session will overview the basics of autocomplete and autosuggest, and how to implement them in a Rails application. The session will also look at more advanced search box implementations, such as those used in applications like Facebook and Quora. The session will walkthrough implementations of each type using common tools such as jQuery/jQuery-UI, as well as provide details on gems that can be used to make the process simple. The session will also provide details on how to improve speed and performance using Rack, Sunspot and Solr to power these features.

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Greg Gershman


Web Developer, Search Engineer, Entrepreneur

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Dustin McCraw
05/23/2011 7:58pm EDT

Great talk. Very specific example and code. Great overview of how to implement smarter searches.

Brian Long
05/18/2011 5:30pm EDT

I only caught the last 15 minutes of your presentation and, in that short period, I could tell that you know your stuff. I look forward to reviewing the full presentation. Thanks for putting this together.

moncef fadal
05/16/2011 3:22pm EDT

i’m looking forwarding to attending this one online =) very interresting indeed