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Eclipse Searching Best Practices


Sharmarke Afgab
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Things to consider to improve Eclipse searching:

  • Avoid Complex Searches with Multiple Operators
  • Include and Exclude to Overcome Relationship Limitations
  • Avoid Pointing to Private Searches
  • Avoid Referencing Complex Searches Within Searches
  • Beware of the Connectors When Combining Text and Field Searching
  • Wildcard Considerations for Contains Operator
  • Use Search Folders to Organize Searches
  • Do Not Combine Concept Searching with Text Searching
  • Avoid Wildcard at the Beginning of Words

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  • 8 months later...

Also, if you have to nest complex Boolean searches, using the proper brackets to nest is important. All goes back to math and logical nesting statements/order of operations.

(a +b)/(c+d). Is not the same as a+b/c+d

the one difference is the order of nested operations. Eclipse evaluates nested statements from left to right so it's important to put the nested statements that filter the most at the start of a complex Boolean search in order to reduce the procesing time to evaluate the search and search results.

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Also, if you have to nest complex Boolean searches, using the proper brackets to nest is important. All goes back to math and logical nesting statements/order of operations.

(a +b)/(c+d). Is not the same as a+b/c+d

the one difference is the order of nested operations. Eclipse evaluates nested statements from left to right so it's important to put the nested statements that filter the most at the start of a complex Boolean search in order to reduce the procesing time to evaluate the search and search results.

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  • S.W.A.T. Engineer

This is a very good bit of input, Jeff: it's not at all uncommon for us to assist users who are getting inaccurate results because their search terms weren't grouped by brackets to evaluate the way they wanted. I'm personally in the habit of bracketing any dtSearch string which uses more than one operator.

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  • S.W.A.T. Engineer

This is a very good bit of input, Jeff: it's not at all uncommon for us to assist users who are getting inaccurate results because their search terms weren't grouped by brackets to evaluate the way they wanted. I'm personally in the habit of bracketing any dtSearch string which uses more than one operator.

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