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Search API Drupal 8 Sprint June 2014

During 13th of June until the 15th of June we had a very successful Search API D8 sprint as announced at http://drupalsear.ch/node/681 and at Intracto's site. The sprint was organized with the Drupalfund.us money but even more valuable than money is time.

Meet Sam Lerner: "Acquia is fuel-injected knowledge."

Sam Lerner is an Acquia Client Advisor with something of a specialty in search technologies; he is the co-maintainer of the Google Search Appliance and Apache Solr Drupal projects. His job is to use his own knowledge and take advantage of Acquia's "deep bench" in all things Drupal to help clients make their websites successful. He calls working at Acquia "fuel injected knowledge".

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Meet Peter Wolanin: We are changing the world.

In 2004, Peter Wolanin, then a full-time scientist, discovered Drupal while volunteering on a political campaign and building its website. As he puts it, the road to becoming a full-time software engineer at Acquia started when he discovered that "pretty soon, I got more interested in fixing the bugs than building the site ... "The satisfaction of fixing things sort of drew me in."

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Apache Solr + Drupal: Nuts and Bolts

In this podcast, I talk with Peter Wolanin and Thomas Seidl, the primary maintainers of the two primary suites of modules for Solr search: Apache Solr Search Integration and Search API modules. We discuss the history of the modules, their different approaches, and recent enhancements that make them more powerful than ever.

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Views 3 + Apache Solr + Acquia Drupal = The Future of Search

For the last six months, Scott Reynolds has been keeping a big juicy secret. As the maintainer of the Apache Solr Views module, he knows just how cool the future of Drupal Search is going to be. His module, based on an idea and code from Thomas Seidl, lets you make custom searches against the Solr index the same way you currently make views against the MySQL database.

ApacheSolr search presentation from Do it With Drupal

Last week Acquia sent me to New Orleans to be a speaker at Lullabot's Do it With Drupal conference. The conference went very well and I gave a presentation about ApacheSolr, and how faceted search will change the way you think about finding things on your site. Since Acquia recently announced that we will be launching a hosted Solr search service even more people have shown interest in ApacheSolr.

The Google iPhone voice app angle that no one is talking about

I checked out the new voice-activated Google Mobile App for iPhone this morning. It works pretty well - not perfect - but solid.

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Hosted Solr site search for Drupal is on the way

The search technology area is highly important to people with websites. As a result, I've spent serious time looking at it. Several things have come from this time spent:

  • The important thing: We'll soon be adding "hosted site search" capabilities to the Acquia Network for our subscribers. More about this below.

Drupal's search compared to Google and Yahoo!

When Drupal does a content search, it optionally weighs the results using up to four scoring factors. These scoring factors include keyword relevancy, recency of the content, number of comments, and (if statistics module is enabled), the number of page views. Site administrators can adjust the relative weighting of these scoring factors from the example.com/admin/settings/search administration page. Setting any scoring factor to zero disables it.

In this article, which applies primarily to Drupal 6 but is relevant for Drupal 5 as well, I explore how useful these scoring factors really are, and whether they help Drupal search live up to the high standards that are set by leaders like Google and Yahoo!. This article is part of a series of search related articles in preparation for the Minnesota Search Sprint.

The Minnesota Search Sprint

Continuing the great and growing tradition of bringing people together in small groups to attack focused problems, a search related code sprint has been planned. From May 9 to 11, in the headquarters of the University of Minnesota Libraries, a small but dedicated group of Drupal coders will be melding minds to bring forth the next generation of Drupal search.

## Why Search?

Drupal has a great search module. The search index it builds powers search on Drupal.org and thousands of other sites. It is a critical piece of the Drupal project and fundamental to countless sites built on Drupal. Being able to effectively search for issues and solutions is a cornerstone of keeping the Drupal.org community happy and productive, so investing in making search even better is akin to investing in Drupal's overall success.