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Django 1.2 e-commerce by Jesse Legg

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Search engines overview

There has been an explosion of search engine technology available in the open source community in recent years. Many of these have grown out of various academic and commercial projects and most are extremely high quality. We'll discuss a handful of these tools in this section and go on to integrate two of them with Django later in this chapter.

Sphinx

The Sphinx full-text search engine is a free and open source search engine product that has the added benefit of official, paid-support packages. It is available at http://www.sphinxsearch.com/. Sphinx is written in C++ and is available for most UNIX platforms, including Mac OS X. A Windows version is also available, but is officially not recommended for production use. It is ...

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