But just like domestic ferrets, this program takes a bit of training before it's "house-broken." However, with the new release of Ferret (O'Reilly Media, $24.99), Ruby enthusiasts have no reason to worry. With this book, authored by David Balmain--the primary developer of this open source library--Ruby programmers can learn to build one of the fastest and most flexible search libraries available for locating data on hard drives and servers.
Ferret teaches you how to index different document types such as PDF, Microsoft Word, and HTML, as well as how to deal with foreign languages and different character encodings. This guide also describes the Ferret Query Language in detail along with the object-oriented approach to building queries.Topics discussed in Ferret include:
This book includes plenty of Ruby code samples, which are downloadable from the companion web site. With Ferret you can now build a search library to help you find anything on your computer with lightning fast indexing and split-second query results.
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David Balmain is a freelance software developer and the primary developer of the open source search library Ferret. He gained an interest in high performance text processing at university where he earned a BSc specializing in natural language processing. Recently he has taken an interest in web application development and become enamored with the scripting language Ruby.
For more information about this book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see the catalog page for Ferret
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