[FX.php List] Google-Like search?

Bob Patin bob at patin.com
Mon Dec 1 08:08:45 MST 2008


I've used the concatenated-field approach many times; if you don't  
store the calculated results, the "search field" will always contain  
current data. For example, with a shopping cart, I combine product  
name, catalog number, description, and any keywords the client enters  
into a keyword field. Works well, easy to implement, only needs one  
search field.

You can see it on http://www.margem.com; try entering the word  
"diamond" or "bracelet," for example.


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On Nov 30, 2008, at 2:49 PM, Jonathan Schwartz wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Have been running into web users who don't quite understand the the  
> "one-search-field-per-data-column" approach that I often implement.  
> They seem to be wanting for a single filed search, ala Google.
> I can think of two approaches:
> 	1) Combining fields in FMP and searching this new mega-field. Could  
> get ugly.
> 	2) Issuing multiple fx.php searched and combining.  This doesn't  
> smell right, though.
> Anyone else approached this challenge?
> Thanks
> Jonathan
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