FREETEXT Searches with SQL Server and ADO.NET

Thursday Aug 11th 2005 by Staff

Learn how to install, configure, and use the MS Search Engine with SQL Server. Once installed, MS Search permits you to perform fuzzy searches of small and large amounts of character-based data.


Data is king. Companies such as Google and eBay are based primarily on the value of their data. (In Google's case, the data is actually indexes of data.) Providing access to data often is either mission critical to a company or the company's raison d'être.

Recently, while working on, I needed to implement fuzzy searches of job listings and résumés. Rather than write this code from scratch, which can be time-consuming and error-prone, I employed the Microsoft Search Engine. The MS Search engine supports searching character-based data "for values that match the meaning and not the exact wording of words."

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