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Practical Internet Groupware by Jon Udell

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Kit for Chapter 8

The family of modules presented in Chapter 8, illustrate ways to organize search results drawn from multiple docbases and produced by multiple search engines:

Search::SearchResults

Converts an LoH (list-of-hashes) that abstractly represents multidocbase, multiengine search results into a template-governed HTML display

Search::Classifier

Parent of a family of Classifiers—each specializing in a particular search engine, each using a set of Mappers to map literal search results into abstract search results

Search::SwishClassifier

The Classifier that’s specific to the SWISH search engine

Search::MicrosoftIndexClassifier

The Classifier that’s specific to the Microsoft Index Server

Search::ProductAnalysisMapper

The Mapper that understands meta-tagged records from the ProductAnalysis docbase

Search::ConferenceMapper

The Mapper that understands newsgroup postings.

These modules suggest a general strategy for categorizing search results. I haven’t packaged them up with an installer, because you’ll need to customize them for your search engine, and your document collections. But the modules, along with sample templates, are available in http://udell.roninhouse.com/examples/SearchResults.zip.

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