Mashup Your Enterprise Search Results in SharePoint 2010 Using Refiners (and Bing Maps)

An enterprise search solution can provide you with fast and secure access to data that traditionally has been stored in different silos. This can e.g. be leveraged to create enterprise mashups, something that is particularly interesting together with information extraction techniques you’ll find in more advanced search platforms like FAST Search. FAST Search for SharePoint 2010 has e.g. the ability to…

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Visualize Your Enterprise Search Results (and Navigation) in SharePoint 2010

A visual representation can be helpful for quickly understanding your search result. We’ve previously seen how to extend the user experience with a Tag Cloud Web Part, so now let’s look at how to leveraging the out-of-the-box refiners to visualize the search results in a SharePoint 2010 search center. We’ll walkthrough how to programmatically add a Bar Chart Web Part, a Web…

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Walkthrough: Create a simple Tag Cloud Web Part based on search results

Let’s see how we can extend the SharePoint 2010 search user experience by programmatically implementing a Tag Cloud Web Part. We’ll use the Federation OM, the object model (OM) Web Parts in SharePoint 2010 are based on, to create a Web Part like in the screen shot below.  Background The communication model between the search Web Parts changed from SharePoint…

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The two types of Search Service Applications (in a SharePoint 2010 deployment with FAST Search Server)

Let’s look more in detail at a typical FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010 deployment, and in particular at the Search Service Applications (SSAs) in such a deployment. SharePoint 2010 with FAST Search as the search provider will typically have two SSAs; the FAST Query SSA and the FAST Content SSA. Note that these two SSAs are differerent types of SSAs, i.e. of type Regular and ExtendedConnector…

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Consume the SharePoint Query OM from PowerShell

In my previous post I mentioned that you can use the same search object models and interfaces to query both FAST Search and SharePoint Search in SharePoint 2010. So let’s look at how you can accomplish this by issuing a simple query using PowerShell.  First, start a PowerShell window by running “SharePoint 2010 Management Console” located in your Microsoft SharePoint 2010…

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Search driven application development on SharePoint 2010

Last week I wrote a high level overview on The Search Developer Story in SharePoint 2010 over at the Enterprise Search Blog. Next, I’ll provide a more detailed look at the different integration points in a series of blog posts. It will be aimed mainly at developers and architects wanting a better understanding of the technical architecture on the search side, and how…

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FAST Search Server for SharePoint 2010 Beta available for download

I wanted to kick off this blog with some links and resources related to last week’s SharePoint 2010 beta announcements. In particular I wanted to focus on the search side, where there now are two main offerings; the out-of-the-box SharePoint Search, and the add-on FAST Search product. The FAST Search product is new for SharePoint 2010, and the Enterprise Search blog…

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