ideas:phpnetsearch

php.net search improvements

The search capabilities of php.net require improvement.

How it works today

Most of the work search performs is done offsite via api.bing.net although many features are internal too.

  • There are many different types of search (function list, online documentation, entire mirror, etc.)
  • The url search (php.net/foo) performs alternative actions (see errors.inc) including optional use of the sqlite database
  • Several file_exists() checks are performed, but using errors.inc and/or sqlite decreases the chances of this
  • Typically a Bing search is performed for the php.net domain index

Some files of interest (todo: explain each files purpose):

How it may work tomorrow

A few possible changes:

  • Add a mashup search result option (default?) that both suggests functions and does a mirror search
  • Integrate errors.inc magic into the search
  • Track when we choose the page for them (ex: search for strlen goes to its functions page) and offer a “Did you mean foo() or bar()?” snippet
  • Move from ext/sqlite to pdo_sqlite. See: phpnetsearchsqlite (done -Philip)
  • Add search snippets for commonly searched terms (proof-of-concept (Ex) implemented -Philip)
  • Take into account language when doing a search (do not show fr/ results when language en/ is chosen) (done -Rasmus)
  • Consider alternative my.php options including preferred default search method
  • Research usage of Yahoo Search BOSS (irrelevant now that we switched to Bing)

Other notes

  • On May 5, 2009 the default search type changed from 'function list' to 'online documentation' but after feedback was changed back within 3 days
  • This topic should also be discussed while the site is redesigned (20xx)
  • About 102/109 of mirrors have pdo_sqlite but not ext/sqlite (we only use ext/sqlite currently)
ideas/phpnetsearch.txt · Last modified: 2011/07/19 23:47 by philip