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From Kelvin Tan <>
Subject SearchService
Date Wed, 12 Jun 2002 01:36:18 GMT
The intent of a SearchService (following the definition of a Service in 
Fulcrum from the Turbine project) is to allow pluggable implementations of 
search (and indexing) providers. 

Sandbox contains a SearchService, and its Lucene-implementation 
LuceneSearchService. Other implementation candidates would include 
VeritySearchService, AstawareSearchService, etc. It would even be possible 
to implement an aggregator-like SearchService that acts as a facade for two 
or more vendor-based implementations. The SearchService would be very 
useful for applications that may need to integrate with various 
search/index providers.

The current SearchService in Sandbox is actually very tightly coupled to 
Lucene, primarily because I don't have experience working with other search 

If anyone on this list does have this experience, It'd be great if you 
could take a look at what's there, and we could discuss refactorings to 
introduce to make it implementation-neutral.

Kelvin Tan

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