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About the Author
Hilary Cotter has been involved in information technology for more than 19 years. He has worked as a web and database consultant specializing in search solutions, and he has helped several major sites tune their e-commerce sites. Hilary has answered over 6,000 questions on the Microsoft newsgroups and founded, with Chris Crowe, both IISFAQ.com, the world's largest resource for information on Internet Information Server, and IndexServerFAQ.com, which averages 1.2 million hits per month. In 2001, Microsoft recognized him with a Microsoft SQL Server "Most Valuable Professional" award. Hilary received his bachelor's of applied science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto. He subsequently studied economics at the University of Calgary and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.
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This is not a book for a novice. The first few chapters focus on the basics of administration, but the book quickly moves into some fairly complicated ways in which the technology may be used. One of my favorite sections is a discussion on multilingual databases. This is an extremely important chapter - if you don't work with multilingual data yet, trust me, you will. Even for languages with a Latin character set can create confusion for Full-Text Search if it isn't aware of how the language uses accent marks. For example, in French there is the accent a gu (or aigu) - é and the accent grave - è. There can be words that are very similar in spelling, but use different accents. How does FTS know how to decide what matches? And those same accent symbols in Spanish may have completely different rules. Now through in languages like Arabic (reverse order) and Chinese, and the ability to truly match words and phrases can be very difficult. This book shows how this can be accomplished with real examples.
More practical examples follow showing how to full-text-index blob data, blogs, create custom thesauri, etc. It even covers the dynamic management views for Full-Text Search. I highly recommend this book, which I don't say often about anything :)
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