Using MySQL Full-text Searching

This tutorial is intended for developers using MySQL ( and PHP ( who want to create a searchable database of some sort of textual data. It will focus on the Full-text capabilities presented by MySQL, moving into the Boolean opportunities that are presented in the latest alpha version, 4.1, of MySQL.

Using directories to group articles by category is a great way to help people to navigate through many articles. At some point, however, someone will want to find all the articles that pertain to a certain topic that may not have a directory of it’s own, or may span many directories . This is what the search engine is for.

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