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Introduction

Why do we need an abstraction layer for full-text indexing?

Developers often must implement search methods for their database, but unfortunately so far it has been easier to roll your own simple search than to deploy an existing project such as Lucene. Merquery provides an abstraction layer for popular text indexing engines and makes it easy for anyone to attach them to their database.

Using Merquery

You can enable Lucene indexing of a database table like so (assuming the library is in contrib.search):

from contrib.search.backends import LuceneIndexer

class Person(models.Model):
    first_name = models.CharField(maxlength=30)
    last_name = models.CharField(maxlength=30)
    biography = models.TextField()

indexer = LuceneIndexer('/tmp/person-index', Person,
                        {'first': 'Person.first_name',
                         'last': 'Person.last_name'},
                        text_fields=['Person.biography']
                       )
indexer.update()
indexer.search("brian -last:beck", order_by='last_name')

Current Status

Merquery

Are in a working state but needs some polish.

XapianIndexer

Currently work fine and are about 90% complete. Note: You should see the ticket #2707 if you want use XapianIndexer. This backend also has a fork called Djapian

LuceneIndexer

Currently work fine and are about 90% complete.

HypeIndexer

Are not yet fully functional; this is about 50% complete.

More info from the author in this blog post.

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