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Posts Tagged ‘FAST ESP’

Search and Save: A Story of the Benefits of Enterprise Search

Everyone is aware of the key role search plays in a product or retail scenario. Websites like Amazon and Best Buy would be practically unusable without a way to easily search for products you are looking to research or purchase. Did you know that search can also play the same critical role in a corporate […]

Custom Synonyms in FSIS (ESP)

ESP comes with standard synonym dictionaries for several languages which can be used to provide synonym support during search. However, these dictionaries, while being pretty extensive are fairly generic and only contain the terms that are common for a specific language. Often, there is a need to support synonyms that are specific to a subject […]

How to set up custom hit highlighting with FSIS (FAST ESP)

FAST provides hit highlighting for query terms (search terms) out of the box for any field decorated with the result=dynamic attribute. The highlighted terms are included in the dynamic document summary (teaser) in the results. That’s great for simple search uses cases but that is not enough when there are requirements for highlighting beyond the […]

Install the FSIS (ESP) File Traverser on a non-ESP Machine

This post is related to running the File Traverser on a Windows Server. If you are running the File Traverser on a Unix server, follow the directions in the FAST ESP File Traverser Guide. With the introduction of CTS in FSIS, the File Traverser is no longer the only option to feed file (XML, text, […]

Get better control of uploading a new index profile in FAST ESP

Overview If you’ve ever updated or changed the index profile in ESP, you are very familiar with the Matching Engines page in the ESP Admin GUI which allows you to upload a new index profile. Uploading a new index profile using this page is very easy but this method of uploading an index profile is […]

Communicating with FAST ESP from a .NET application through SSL

For a custom application we’re building, we decided to use SSL to communicate between our .NET application and the FAST query server. Setting up SSL to enable secure communication between a .NET application and a FAST query server is fairly simple but the FAST documentation doesn’t exactly explain it a straightforward manner. These were the […]

FAST Navigator Oddity

I recently noticed an interesting behavior with the navigators in FAST ESP. Just as a refresher, navigators are used in FAST to allow users to quickly filter through results. Navigators facilitate that drill down/up mechanism on a set of search results. On a project I am currently working on, I have been using FAST navigators […]

How to handle noise words with FAST ESP?

Having used SharePoint Search for a while, I got into the habit of quickly updating the noise words list by just updating the noise words list on the server without giving it too much thought. While working on a FAST ESP project, dealing with noise words seemed to be a bit more involved and the […]

Small tool to delete documents from FAST ESP index

I have been manipulating a lot of content recently working on FAST search as I had to delete from or load to the FAST index frequently. There is no way to delete multiple documents from the FAST index using the FAST admin UI (though you can delete one document at a time.) It’s possible to […]

Creating a Numeric Navigator with an Ajax Chart Slider

As part of a FAST search proof of concept, I got the opportunity recently to create slightly more advanced navigator than the typical text-based set of hyperlinks. I used the FAST ESP WebParts (available on CodePlex) as a starting point and the Dundas Chart control as the basis for the Ajax user interface. Getting the […]