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From Erik Hatcher <>
Subject Re: Assembling a query from multiple fields
Date Thu, 26 Jul 2007 13:08:18 GMT

On Jul 25, 2007, at 5:05 PM, Joe Attardi wrote:
> As far as I can tell, I basically have two options:
> (1) Manually prepend the field identifier to the query text, for  
> example:
>          String fullQuery = field + ":" + queryText;
>     then parse this query normally with QueryParser, OR
> (2) Since I know it is only going to be searching one term,  
> manually create
> a TermQuery with a Term object representing what the user typed in,  
> for
> example:
>          Query query = new TermQuery(new Term(field, queryText));
> Is there any advantage or disadvantage to any of these, or is one  
> preferable
> over the other? My gut tells me that directly creating the  
> TermQuery is more
> efficient since it doesn't have to perform parsing, but I'm not sure.

I recommend constructing the Query manually whenever possible to  
avoid the possibility of QueryParser escaping or other syntax getting  
in the way.  The only note to that is to be sure that the terms you  
pass to things like TermQuery are in the same state as they got  
indexed (lowercased, stemmed, whatever).  You can manually run  
through an Analyzer if you need to get the terms normalized in some  


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