Entries from »July 2005«
Here you will find all entries published in July 2005. You can read a short summary. A link pointing to the full text is given. You can also have this list sorted ascending.
This month's lucky winner of an € 50 gift certificate is Tomas Ahlbeck from Sweden.
After having released MTLookup, I received a lot of suggestions about which websites to include in future versions. There was one suggestion that almost anybody mentioned: the Movable Type User Manual.
My initial plan was to keep the database stable in July and extend it next month together with the new version of MTLookup. I ignored this plan, and made the MTLookupBot read parts of the Six Apart hompeage. As a result, the User Manual and some other documents are now included in the index.
When I started to work with fulltext search in Movable Type, I enhanced my Movable Type Weblog with a native MySQL fulltext search engine. Later I created a new website called MTLookup, which could be used for searching several websites at the same time.
After MTLookup was released, the search within the Movable Type Weblog was still based on the initial release: no Google-like keyphrase, only my weblog being indexed, some of the most recent articles not included at all.
Starting today, the search within the Movable Type Weblog will be powered by MTLookup, making all the enhancements of MTLookup available within the Movable Type Weblog.
Several users of MTLookup reported that sometimes the result lists' sort order seemed to be strange. Important entries were on position 10, and not so important entries reached top positions.
I analyzed the situation and compared the result lists that were generated by MTLookup with those that were created by Google and Yahoo. Some important facts could be found.
What is most important, the MTLookup ranking could be improved. Now it works consistent - no matter whether the keyphrase contains short or long words, or it contains words that appear often or seldom it the database.
I could even find some situations, where Google and Yahoo produced not so perfect result lists. It was very interesting to find out, why this happens.