A search engine is a web-based tool that enables users to locate information on the World Wide Web. Popular examples of search engines are Google, Yahoo!, and MSN Search. Search engines utilize automated software applications (referred to as robots, bots, or spiders) that travel along the Web, following links from page to page, site to site. The information gathered by the spiders is used to create a searchable index of the Web.

Getting Started with Sphinx

Sphinx (SQL Phrase Index) is a standalone full-text search engine that provides efficient search functionality to third party applications, especially SQL databases. This search engine was developed in 2001 by a Russian developer named Andrew Aksyonoff to guarantee a (1) good search quality, (2) performed at high speed (3) with a low resource consumption (Disk IO, CPU). It can be integrated with scripting languages such as Python and Java.

The Sphinx search engine has its own data source drivers that are used to interact with different database management systems. We must specify the driver we need in the configuration files.