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Re: Swish-E Consultant Wanted

From: Ahmad, Zeeshan (FMC) <Zeeshan.Ahmad(at)>
Date: Mon Jul 05 2004 - 02:38:02 GMT
In NT4, Indexing Server had an ASP interface provided out of the box.

We switched over from the Index Server to Swish although this meant going
from real time indexing to batch mode. But Swish offers highlighting, pdf
indexing, http crawler and a better syntax (e.g. in Index Server you had to
search good,bad,ugly to find good bad and/or ugly - these commas alone cost
hundreds of mismatches). Furthermore, by extracting word lists from Swish
and hacking some Perl together with Aspell, we were able to provide spell
checking capabilities.

Other than the indexing server this Zoom engine might be worth
investigating: - I haven't used it but it may
prove to be 49 bucks spent well.

End of the day, I think while you can get Swish running on Windows - if you
don't have support people in your organization - Perl and search
configuration can be a steep learning curve. We have 10 developers in our
shop so doesn't bother us much...  

Zeeshan Ahmad
FMC Computing Services
Bedford Park SA
Ph: 8204 6178

-----Original Message-----
From: []
On Behalf Of Greg Ford
Sent: Monday, 5 July 2004 11:09 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: [SWISH-E] Re: Swish-E Consultant Wanted

Bill Moseley wrote:
>>BTW -- doesn't IIS come with something called MS Index Server?

See the section of:
that discusses the "Microsoft Indexing Service" previously known as "Index
It is described as "a Microsoft Windows 2000 base service for file systems
and Web servers".

If you are wanting to search a Microsoft Server for MS Office Documents
using IIS (and
using ASPs?), then you could do this using swish-e, but the MS way would
probably suit you better.
I quite liked the Index Server back when I was supporting Windows servers,
but I'm no longer
working in that area - these days I am concentrating on Linux based
You may be able to find a local ASP programmer who is capable of creating an
Indexing Service search page from the MS documentation without costing you
too much?

Otherwise, I would suggest you download a copy of Linux and run swish-e on
There are lots of people on this list who would be able to help you with

Greg Ford
Received on Sun Jul 4 19:38:14 2004