The best search package?


#1

Hey all, I’m using Autoforms, and they’re fantastic. But now I have to search for form input, and… it seems rather manual.

Is there some package that solves this?

I have 5 input parameters, which are all optional. I’m searching for First, Last, Email, Phone, Company.

So how can I do a Collection search based on 1,2,3,4 or all 5 of these parameters, case non-sensitive?


#2

After a pretty cursory look, it looks like the most mature package is easysearch and its autosuggest tool is the only thing available for autoforms specifically: http://matteodem.github.io/meteor-easy-search/docs/autosuggest/

It seems pretty thoughtfully written. For small documents like people profiles, it’ll be pretty effective.

To specifically answer your question, you can see how easysearch does it, including the specific case-non-sensitive regex it uses:

In short, it does a query that resembles, for the search “Mike”:

{
  $or: [
            {firstName: {$regex: '.*Mike.*', $options: 'i'}}
            {lastName: {$regex: '.*Mike.*', $options: 'i'}},
            ...
         ]
}

This will do. The $options: 'i'specifier makes it case-insensitive.

Nowadays, people who make searches on lots of documents would recommend putting the search in a method call. That’s a pretty intuitive approach. The most meteoric would be to put the search in a subscription, but make it non reactive (or at least not ordered).


#3

Fantastic answer, thank you. I’ve got my script working.


#4

if we could redo our project, one of the things we’d do different is to NOT use autoforms :wink:

for search, across multiple fields you can create a full-text index on the collection in Mongodb