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Java based search engine ?

solongo munkh

Joined: Dec 04, 2012
Posts: 1
i am final year CS student. i am planning to develop Java based Search engine as a final year project.
For now, all i know is,
1. make web crawler
2. maintain huge db
3. fetch data from db and display it as a search result

Is it possible to make search engine in one month ? You know , time is also very important factor , gotta hand my project as soon as possible. Last semester i have studied core java and this semester studying advanced Java(JDBC , servlets ...)

Do you have any better project ideas ?
Thanks in advance.
Jayesh A Lalwani
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Joined: Jan 17, 2008
Posts: 2748

Is it possible to build a search engine in a month while you are studying? Yes, if you don't care about performance and features like spell check, search expansion, etc.

Is it possible to build a search engine from scratch that provides results in milli seconds and can serve tens of thousands of users? No. You won't have enough time to build something from scratch, and you need to know algorithms and data structures around reverse indexing. I worked for a company that sold a search engine that was implemented in Java. They worked on it for a solid 6 months with 3 people before they got the basics (and 2 of them were PHDs in CS related fields). I wouldn't reccommend a full fledged search engine as a final year project for a BS/MS student

You can however look at Lucene-SOLR. It's an open source search engine. You can probably get a basic search engine using Lucene is couple of weeks tops.
Campbell Ritchie

Joined: Oct 13, 2005
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