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Google Suggest for dictionary

Hi guys,

I just finished implementing Google suggest for a dictionary database.

The code is clean and you could see it by using "View Source"

The dictionary database is on an SQL server (total of 18000+ words) with an index on the word column.

Gavi Narra
Friday, December 24, 2004

Good job! Works great on Firefox 0.9.1 on Linux. Pretty responsive - though I wonder how fast it could bring your server down if it was posted on /. :)


Cory Foy (
Friday, December 24, 2004

yea, I would really want to post this on slashdot.  Maybe the best approach would be to write a custom webserver and put all the words in memory and implement a search tree.

Gavi Narra
Friday, December 24, 2004

You might want to hold off on the /. idea ;) unless you got the machine to handle it.

Li-fan chen
Saturday, December 25, 2004

Now the website includes "how does it work?" section. Read about it here

Please give me suggestions for improvement

Gavi Narra
Sunday, December 26, 2004

Kudos, that works pretty well.

There's only so much one can do with these but I think the most obvious improvement would be a scrollable result list.  I'm not sure if a scrollbar is practical but back/forward buttons may be.

Friday, December 31, 2004

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