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From Murray Altheim <>
Subject Re: Adding a little structure
Date Tue, 10 Jun 2008 22:22:51 GMT
Amit Prahesh wrote:
> Now, is it possible, out of the box, or via plugins, to dynamically
> sift through the pages (like Employee*) and get information from them?
> Like creating a list of employees grouped by department, or maybe
> reporting their salaries, etc.

As Janne mentioned, search is likely your best bet, if simplicity
and not wanting to do additional development work are your priorities.

The downside of search is that it is full text and does not take into
account the context of a given word or phrase, i.e., if one searches
on a term the search engine will find it anywhere on any wiki page.
There is no current facility for searching on fields.

I don't have any code available for distribution, but it's not
particularly difficult to modify JSPWiki for fielded searches. The
way I've approached this is to have a plugin that declares page-level
metadata that is picked up the Lucene search engine as fields, then
one can search on those fields.

For example, a plugin might declare (via a form) the following metadata:

    __field name__    __field value__
    title          :  The Hound of the Baskervilles
    author         :  Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    language       :  English

You'd have your plugin declare these name-value pairs as page-level
metadata, extend to
read the page metadata and add that as new Document fields, then your
users can search using

    title:baskervilles  author:doyle


This isn't a trivial solution but it's not enormously difficult either.
Lucene's indexing functionality is relatively easy to extend. Using
this method one could use JSPWiki as a bibliographic or employee
database, etc.. where each page (i.e., those containing fielded data)
can serve as a database record. You could then add an additional
search JSP to make searching on those fields easier.


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