A READER ASKS: FileMaker Search Relevance

From Dwayne Wright PMP
Certified FileMaker Developer
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I am dealing with a client request to apply a search result relevance on records after being found and was doing some digging around on the net and found your post at http://tinyurl.com/3lyeth5.

I am wondering if you have applied your thinking to a Find process and been able to show relevance ranking on the records. LOL trying to save some gray matter on this end if possible.

You know, I haven’t done anything creative with FileMaker search for awhile now. The last thing I did was explore a technique out there for kidnapping the FileMaker 11 Quick Search feature and replacing it with a customized implementation.

Like you, I have a client (my day job actually) that is going to want these features before 2011 comes to a close. As I chuckle to myself thinking, “even though they don’t know that yet”.

FMSearchResults (http://www.seedcode.com/cp-app/ste_cat/fmsearchresults) is a likely place to start for any developer wanting to supercharge the search capabilities within their FileMaker solution(s). I noticed that the recently released DocuBin by 360Works has employed it and this is one of the few times I’ve seen a FileMaker commerical solution wrapped within another FileMaker commerical solution (that wasn’t plug-in related).

So if you are up for it, I’d check out FMSearchResults and show it to your customer and see how they react!

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