|Description||Vertical Search Engine|
|Seed, 3/2007 |
|Seed, 5/2008 |
Vertical search engine Octopart, which launched not too long ago, focuses on putting an end the inadequate search engines used by electronics parts manufacturers. Octopart lets you search, compare prices, and view specifications for parts on Allied Electronics, Digi-Key, Mouser, and Newark InOne. They have a deal with how-to hobbyist’s site, Instructables, to make buying parts for your project a snap. They’ve also got more parts suppliers calling to get their data up on the site.
|Tags||search, engine, tailored|
ThriftDB is a NoSQL datastore with search built-in. It was designed from the ground up to make search really simple to implement. Currently, ThriftDB is offered as an on-demand, hosted service available at thriftdb.com.
ThriftDB was developed by the team at Octopart to power the Octopart electronic parts search engine (http://octopart.com). Octopart uses ThriftDB to provide fast full-text, faceted search on their database of 15M parts.
What makes ThriftDB unique is that it’s built on top of the Thrift serialization protocol. ThriftDB uses Thrift internally to maintain a flexible schema that enables developers to add/delete/modify attributes on the fly without any downtime. ThriftDB also uses Thrift to allow developers to define rich schemas with nested structures and other useful datatypes.
ThriftDB is data-agnostic and can be used to power search for any type of structured data. The team at ThriftDB built a Hacker News search engine to showcase ThriftDB’s ability to search social data (http://www.hnsearch.com).
ThriftDB at TechCrunch Disrupt