[erlang-questions] newb: Erlang Mnesia Full Text Search

Cameron Kerr <>
Wed Sep 26 03:19:31 CEST 2007


Joe's book Programming Erlang has a full project on a text indexing
engine. Not sure what's its built on, as I'm only up to chapter 2,
having just received the book.

On Wed, 2007-09-26 at 10:43 +1000, jm wrote:
> joe lee wrote:
> > At our company, we are planning to implement a web app in Erlang and 
> > Mnesia.  In the previous project (php) we looked at Java Lucene, Xapian 
> > and Sphinx Search.  We finally decided with Sphinx Search.  Sphin Search 
> > was very fast compared Lucene, Xapian and was easy to setup.  Its just 
> > hooks into mysql. 
> 
> Mnesia is just a database. It holds a similar position to SQL databases. 
>   Tuples are stored using one of the fields as a key. In doesn't do any 
> text indexing for that you'll need to add a layer on top of mnesia. I 
> can't think of one off the top of my head for erlang. Someone else on 
> the list may know of one though.
> 
> see also,
> http://www.erlang.org/doc/apps/mnesia/index.html
> http://www.erlang.org/doc/pdf/mnesia.pdf
> http://www.erlang.org/doc/pdf/mnesia_session.pdf
> 
> and possibly
> http://www.erlang.se/publications/mnesia_overview.pdf
> 
> Jeff.
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