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Temporary date sort / subject search workaround available

shivohum Jun 19, 2007 09:18 PM

It's with some excitement and a lot of trepidation that I present a little website, badly-coded, that I hacked up in response to the tremendous demand for a date sort feature. The website is just a form which searches a board on chowhound for words -- either anywhere in the message, or just in the subject, or both -- and returns date-sorted results.

I say trepidation because I'm afraid of the strain it might put on Chowhound's servers. The way my script works is to pull up to the first ten pages of results (that is, up to 200 results) from Chowhound, and then sort and present them. Thus it does NOT YIELD perfect results, but only approximately good ones.

In order to minimize the strain on Chowhound's (and my own web host's) servers, I've included a small delay in the program. This will mean that a search that yields the maximum 200 results will take around 20-25 seconds to perform. On the other hand, the results will be all on one page.

I hereby disclaim all warranties of any kind, and I reserve the right to take this down at any time for any reason -- including, and especially if the Chowhound administrators so desire.

That said, enjoy:


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  1. QueenB RE: shivohum Jun 20, 2007 01:46 PM

    Thanks shivohum. Did a few quick searches and it works well.

    1. MMRuth RE: shivohum Jun 20, 2007 03:14 PM

      Thank you (many times over). I've just used it for a number of searches and it is wonderful.

      1. RCK RE: shivohum Jun 20, 2007 03:16 PM

        Nice job, thanks a bunch.

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          debbiel RE: shivohum Jun 20, 2007 03:28 PM

          Glad to see your post was revived after being gone for several hours today. This was a great service to CHers. Thanks!

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            shivohum RE: shivohum Jun 23, 2007 06:13 PM

            Thanks for the positive feedback so far!

            1. AnneInMpls RE: shivohum Jun 25, 2007 05:59 PM

              This is great! I think Chow.com should fire all their search developers and hire you instead - you get things done.


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                SLO RE: shivohum Jun 27, 2007 10:32 PM

                Thanks so much. A great job and so very much appreciated.

                1. eatfood RE: shivohum Jun 28, 2007 07:55 AM

                  Thanks very much, it's a workaround, but it works!!

                  Kinda sad we have to venture to a site outside of chowhound just to search...

                  1. Gio RE: shivohum Jun 28, 2007 08:05 AM

                    Adding my kudos and bravos!! Have the link bookmarked and will definitely be using it.
                    Again, Thank you very much!

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                      MarcDC RE: shivohum Jun 28, 2007 12:44 PM

                      Thank You!!

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                        ihateregs RE: MarcDC Jun 28, 2007 01:28 PM


                      2. ElsieDee RE: shivohum Jun 28, 2007 10:41 PM

                        Just wanted to add my thanks for the work-around - it made a recent road trip much easier (and tastier!).

                        1. RCK RE: shivohum Jul 8, 2007 11:30 AM

                          Please bring back your search page. It works better and easier to use than cnet's

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                            shivohum RE: RCK Jul 8, 2007 12:50 PM

                            I feel for you. The Cnet search gets a lot better if you just bookmark the search page with the options you want (the board you want to search, etc.). See http://www.chowhound.com/topics/41653... . Then just type in "title:blah" for adding words to the subject.

                            Click on the bookmark/link-bar anytime you want to search, and voila -- it's pretty decent.

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