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Old 11-25-2007, 06:12 AM   #1
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Paperback Digital's search engine

Using the Search facility at Paperback Digital:

"kevin anderson" - 0 hits
"kevin j anderson" - 0 hits
"kevin j. anderson" - 2 pages of hits

This seems unduly fussy
It could be a struggle finding stuff (or is it me?).
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Old 11-25-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
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Using the Search facility at Paperback Digital:

"kevin anderson" - 0 hits
"kevin j anderson" - 0 hits
"kevin j. anderson" - 2 pages of hits

This seems unduly fussy
It could be a struggle finding stuff (or is it me?).
Yes Paperback Digital has a pretty weak/bad/specific search engine. Sometime I just google with

site:paperbackdigital.com kevin anderson

It give better result. Then you can click on any book --then on the author name, on the ebook detailed page, to get all the books by that author.

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Great tip - thanks!
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Old 11-25-2007, 02:10 PM   #4
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Just gave it a shot assuming there is some sql database sitting in the background and used the sql wildcard character '%' ... it works.

For instance: 'kevin%anderson' will yield the expected 2 pages of search results.

Btw, being a developer of database driven web applications myself, seeing this work gave me the shivers.

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Old 11-25-2007, 02:52 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'd tried * as a wildcard (without success) but not %

If you enter "kev%j", that works too - "j" gets expanded even though there is no "%" after it - is that usual for sql?
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If you enter "kev%j", that works too - "j" gets expanded even though there is no "%" after it - is that usual for sql?
No, it is not. Yet I have seen a lot of developers having their code always add a % at the end of any text search. Seems like PBD's developers did just that
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Old 11-26-2007, 10:32 AM   #7
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Looks like they've stopped the wildcard searches - what worked yesterday isn't working today
But they haven't made any actual improvements to the Search facility to compensate.
Oh well, at least we have the Google method
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Looks like they've stopped the wildcard searches - what worked yesterday isn't working today
But they haven't made any actual improvements to the Search facility to compensate.
Oh well, at least we have the Google method
Who knows, maybe they read this very post. What I implied with my statement that things like this 'make me shiver' is that allowing the % wildcard very often is an indicator for code that is not warded against sql injection. I actually sent them a mail indicating as much but haven't gotten an answer yet.
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