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From Wolfgang Hoschek <>
Subject Re: "Advanced" query language
Date Tue, 06 Dec 2005 03:38:59 GMT
>> Hopefully that makes sense to someone besides just me.  It's  
>> certainly a
>> lot more complexity then a simple one to one mapping, but it seems  
>> to me
>> like the flexability is worth spending the extra time to design/ 
>> build it.
> Makes perfect sense to me, and it doesn't seem any more complex  
> than what's been proposed before. Actually, this may be a quite  
> straightforward, compact and extensible way of doing it all.
> Though, I'd be careful with proposing a variety of equivalent  
> syntaxes as it may easily lead to more confusion than good. Let's  
> start with one canonical syntax. If desired, other (more pleasant)  
> syntaxes may then be converted to that as part of a preprocessing  
> step.

I should add that I'd love to see a powerful, extensible yet easy to  
read XML based query syntax, and make that available to users of  
XQuery fulltext search.

Here is an example fulltext XQuery that finds all books authored by  
James that have something to do with 'salmon fishing manuals', sorted  
by relevance

declare namespace lucene = "java:nux.xom.pool.FullTextUtil";

declare variable $query := "+salmon~ +fish* manual~";
(: any arbitrary Lucene query can go here :)
(: declare variable $query as xs:string external; :)

for $book in /books/book[author="James" and lucene:match(abstract,  
$query) > 0.0]
let $score := lucene:match($book/abstract, $query)
order by $score descending
return $book

Now, instead of handing a quite limited lucene query string to  
lucene:match($query), as above, I'd love to pass it an XML query  
blurb that makes all of lucene's power accessible without the user  
having to construct query objects himself.

Consider it an additional use case beyond what Erik and others  
brought up so far...


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