[ Omar Thameen writes: ]
> A while back, I had inserted some logging into Wilma so I could see
> what queries people were sending. I think the info might be useful
> for a future release of Wilma, or for its corresponding implementation
> in Mj2. If not useful, heck, it's kind of interesting.
Thanks for the feedback. Good stuff! What I'd really like to do
is replace Glimpse entirely as the search engine Wilma uses. Any
suggestions for a free, reliable, supported, open-source indexer and
search engine? It might be nice if it was self-contained, but I haven't
ruled out any requiring an open-source RDBMS like mysql (not that I know
of any, just some idle speculation about how such a design might work
and how effective it might be).
> 2) Despite printed instructions on the page, most people don't use
> ";" as a logical AND.
I know I don't. Actually, I'd say the conclusion is that most people
don't bother to read instructions. But you don't want to get me on my
soapbox about how M$ is the P.T. Barnum of our time....
> If I get some time, I'll try making a simple wrapper myself, probably
> with a checkbox that will let you use the original syntax.
But Wilma *is* the wrapper. Any request translation should go into
Wilma, not another layer beneath it. Unless the search engine's syntax
provides something that the search expression syntax doesn't, I don't
see any particular reason to have a fallback to the native syntax,
especially when the native syntax is apparently quite foreign to what
users expect. In this case, I think it's more a matter of the search
engine syntax not being able to support the features everyone expects of
a search engine.
> If there's anything else you'd like me to take a look at in the logs,
> let me know.
Sure! I'd like to see some stats on Wilma usage, period, but I don't
think you can capture that in your logs. Jason developed it and I
refined it for our own use. If it's really used that much by others, it
might be worthwhile to continue to develop and enhance. Obviously it's
going to require some major rework for Mj2 archives, but I (insert usual
excuses here) to work on it.