The MINISIS Search Engine Retrieval Details
The MINISIS software supports both search commands ( i.e.: SEARCH "TITLE_FIELD Lion AND TITLE_FIELD Tiger") and/or if preferred, query by form, (i.e.: a Google-like search box). Command mode searching includes a full range of nested Boolean searches, proximity, truncation, range and arithmetic operators. A powerful ASSIST feature may be used to lead novice users through search construction. User-defined forms with context-sensitive help may be employed for simplified access. Users may examine contents of index files and database definitions while constructing searches, and can save, combine and edit search strategies. Fields can be indexed for searching by word, phrase and full field value.
MINISIS supports user-created, multi-level, multilingual thesauri. Searches can be conducted using language equivalents, as well as broader, narrower, related, any while respecting any forbidden terms. Once retrieved, records can be displayed or printed according to user-defined or system default report formats. Users may select among customized formats from a popup menu to pick their language preferences. The MINISIS Search Engine included as part of the SMA GUI Toolkit, is one of the world’s most robust search engines and is Canada’s longest surviving and enhancing database management system. The search engine both on the desktop and the web interface are certain to provide as much processing, retrieval and sorting power as any modern engine like Google, Oracle, SQL Server provide. The MINISIS GUI Toolkit is designed not only to make entry easy and a personalised experienced, the MINISIS engine provides the simplest and most easy to use search engines in the international database management system marketplace.
Compare, Let’s say we have a pool of fish. And we want to find the TYPE of fish and the COLOUR of fish in the pond. How would you query the engine to find how many TYPE=SALMON and COLOUR=PINK?
Here is a SQL typical search command string: SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE TYPE = 'salmon' AND COLOR = 'pink'
Here is the equivalent in MINISIS: TYPE salmon and COLOUR pink
As you can see, when it comes to form searching, all engines are similar. The difference is, with MINISIS versus same something like Google is that you can create forms with one or several hundred different search fields.