It took quite some time, but finally I got version 0.2.2 of the acts_as_ferret Rails plugin out of the door.
The most important change is the support for sharing a single index among several model classes.
It’s as simple as calling
acts_as_ferret :single_index => true
in those Rails models you intend to share one index.
Querying the shared index for instances of one class, any combination of model classes, or all classes works like this:
# only find instances of Model1
only find instances of Model1, Model3 and Model4
Model1.find_by_contents(query, :models => [Model3, Model4])
find instances regardless of their class
Model1.find_by_contents(query, :models => :all) </code>
So acts_as_ferret now covers these setups, including various combinations thereof:
- multiple indexes, one per model class (however
multi_searchallows querying multiple indexes at once)
- one index, multiple models using single table inheritance (base class calls
- one index that is shared by multiple unrelated models through
:single_index => true
One limitation: there may be only one shared index in an application.
Another new feature: you may now call
total_hits on the search results returned by acts_as_ferret search methods to find out how many hits your query returned in total.
As usual, you can use
script/plugin install svn://projects.jkraemer.net/acts_as_ferret/tags/plugin/stable/acts_as_ferret
to install the lates version of the plugin. For more information, repository browsing or issue reporting, visit the Acts_as_ferret project page.
For further information about the great Ferret search engine by Dave Balmain, visit the Ferret project page.