Building a Search Engine

Today I’d like to mention about search engines and their design criterias. Yes we have Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duckduckgo, yandex and many more. But is it easy to build a search engine? The answer is clearly NO. If you think that you can easily build a search engine you’re more like you’re comparing  a Ferrari and 1769 Cugnot Steam Trolley (Jonathan Holguinisburg). Yes, it is that much different.

I’ll elaborate what I mean. Let’s start with first phase, crawling.

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“rsync” a Versatile Tool

I should mention about a tool that deserves to be described specifically – rsync.

This tool is well known by system administrators but not as much by home users. But this tool has promising capabilities for them as well. If you’re a backup lover like me (your photos, documents and etc.) and if you’re doing a copy&paste for that, rsync is a life saver.

rsync simply synchronizes your destination directory to be same as your source directory. It does this process with very effective way. It calculates differences and only copies/synchronizes the differences of files and related directories. The destination can be a remote machine (i.e. remote_user@remote_ip:/destination/directory/path). So I backup my home folders contents with my external HDD with:

rsync -avz source-dir destination-dir


Do not use copy&paste (including console cp commands) for backup purposes. Use rsync.

Price List Application (Flask, SQLAlchemy, pyQT4)

My elder brother needed an application to manage price lists of his wholesalers and dealers. Products’ prices that he is following are subject to change daily because exchange rates may change daily and it may be very hard to find optimal price for a product if it can be obtained from multiple dealers. So I decided to help him with an software solution. Price lists and displays support utf-8 (as they can be seen in screenshots – Russian language price lists are used for tests).

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