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Amit Batra
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Would it be possible to introduce Ajax to the ranch?. I see alot of posts in the SCJP forum for the same question(as in doubts). Couldnt the forum sort of do a quick search in the dbase and list out urls of what may have already been asked/answered while the question is being typed or something.?
Is this possible with perl/cgi?.
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Ulf Dittmer
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You're right that many questions get asked over and over again, despite the fact that the Ranch has a search functionality and an FAQ section. Basic netiquette (not to mention our own SearchFirst hint) suggests that folks should peruse both before posting a question, but here we are.

Matching a complete question (or post) to another one that was asked previously is tricky, though. If you have ideas on algorithms or software that can help with this, we'd certainly be interested to hear about them. If it ties in with Lucene -our current search software, which is extensible in many ways-, so much the better.

I don't really see where AJAX would fit in, though.
Bear Bibeault
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
I don't really see where AJAX would fit in, though.


I believe that the OP is suggesting a "google suggests" type of feature where the more the user typed in, the more honed the search results could become. I do not believe that we have the bandwidth to support that type of feature.


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Amit Batra
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Maybe with the conventions being enforced about citing one's sources about a particular question, could be of some use?.This probably wont work always but worth a try. you guys could strive for as much division and categorization for a particular questions also for ex by introducing drop down menu to indicate topic of question. Ive just started out learning about AJAX myself. So Im also a complete newbie to all of this but the concept mainly seems to be about "live searches" and "think ahead" sort of interactivity.maybe somone who has done some hardcore Ajax work could shed some light. Note the above are just ideas, I know that so much trouble is probably not worth it at the end of the day just when a disclaimer in a bigger font could be added to get people to search more and post less. I wish I could race ahead and become a whiz at all this AJAX business So instead of piling on suggestions I could find something doable. Thanks for reading.
Amit Batra
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Originally posted by Bear Bibeault:


I do not believe that we have the bandwidth to support that type of feature.

But a way around this might be to not really have a back and forth with the user as does google suggests, but allow the whole thing to be typed and just before he clicks post alert the poster of the same kind of questions that were asked? or would this also entail the above?
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Not exactly a friendly way to do thing, I'd surmise.
Vikrant Pandit
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Does Google provide an API for searching specific sites ?

If yes, then the Ajax call can hit google servers instead of the JavaRanch servers . I am sure Google wont mind this extra load


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