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tdSearch - PHP MySQL Boolean Search Script

tdSearch: ThinkDing is offering a PHP MySQL boolean search script that displays results from your MySQL database table. You can use and (+), or (?), not (-) to perform boolean searches, use double quotes to search for a phrase, or use a combination of both! This script even allows partial matching of words up to the number of characters that you allow.

The demo is set to allow partial matching so that, for example, the characters th will return results with the words earth, that, and birthday, among others in the demo. A common word search over the partial matching character limit that you set will return zero results as per the MySQL stop list. Numerical ranks are displayed, and graphics can also be displayed when PHP is GD enabled. The default search is the and boolean. This script has been configured to give users the most relevant results first, with page breaks when necessary.

This script does not index sites or create database tables; however an example file for a database table is provided with the script. Also, this script does not come with a banner ads script. If you have questions, please ask before you buy.

Freebies: The following freebies are for use in conjunction with the search script. They will allow you to add entries to a database table via your browser. Configure entryform.php and addentries.php using a text-only editor. FTP the files in ASCII mode to the same directory and then call entryform.php from your browser. Please note that no support is included with freebies.

Notes: tdSearch can understand the following characters in a search, provided that your PHP setlocale can be set to, and the content you wish to search is encoded as, ISO-8859-1, ISO-8859-2, ISO-8859-5, ISO-8859-6, ISO-8859-7, ISO-8859-8, or ISO-8859-9 encoding:

A through Z, 0 through 9, various punctuation such as ' and -, and extended ASCII: _

Note that tdSearch can search just one MySQL database table and that only one encoding is allowed. tdSearch does create and use a FULLTEXT index and use LIKE queries up to a character allowance to perform boolean searches. If your table is large, you may "turn off" the LIKE queries, but note that if LIKE queries are not allowed, your search results will be as described at the following web sites:


tdSearch works well on a smaller sized table. The script has also been used on a table of about 100K, but at 100K the script can show a performance hit, especially when LIKE queries are allowed. For example, using a table of about 100K and 20,000 rows, searching on two letters takes about 10 seconds, searching on three letters takes about 7 seconds, and searching on four letters takes about 4 seconds. tdSearch has the option to set the number of characters to be used in LIKE queries.

The table type for tdSearch is to be MyISAM, and columns are to be TEXT or VARCHAR types. tdSearch allows the searching of two to three columns and can display information from three to five columns. There must be the following three columns in the table: a title column, a description column, and a URL or ID column.

If you are concerned about your table size, or have questions in general, please ask before you buy.

Requirements: PHP 4.3.x+ and MySQL 4.0.x+ highly recommended; PHP 4.1.2+, MySQL 3.23.47+, and CSS support required.

Pricing: $25.00 USD (includes one-year access to download from members area).

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