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Oct 26, 2007 at 12:15 AM
Edited Oct 26, 2007 at 2:36 PM

This discussion list is used for the admin announcements only.


Thanks everyone for trying and using MOSS Faceted Search. You're getting free runtime, source and whatever support I can provide. In response, I ask you to send me your feedback and the Url of the site/project/solution where you have Faceted Search implemented.

Your participation matters!

Nov 10, 2007 at 4:35 AM

The Version 1.21 Beta posted as a public release. The solution designed to provide 1-to-1 mapping for facet value and exclusion facet by its value. Here is the extended schema for the facet:

<Column Name="ContentType" OrderBy="Hits" TotalResults="5" DisplayName="Content Type" >
<Exclusion Name="application/octet-stream"></Exclusion>
<Mapping Name="message/rfc822" DisplayName="Email" />
<Mapping Name="text/html; charset=utf-8" DisplayName="Html" />
<Mapping Name="application/" DisplayName="PowerPoint" />
<Mapping Name="application/" DisplayName="Excel" />
<Mapping Name="application/octet-stream" DisplayName="Message" />
Jan 23, 2008 at 4:13 AM

Version 2.0 posted

New release encapsulates foundation changes in the design and code, that provides perfect balance between accuracy and performance. Highlights are:

  • Multi-thread processing. 1st thread runs for up to 500 facets synchronously, while the 2nd thread is running asynchronously against up to ~30,000 facets
  • Client side refresh (not AJAX) that updates only Facets web part w/o page refresh
  • Web part connections to pass Facet settings to the Bread Crumbs
  • Extended facet schema now supports:
  • Facet icons. Default icon per Facet name complimented by an icon per Facet value
  • Friendly names for facet values
  • Exclusions. Allow exclude facet when values match pattern
  • Built-in wild-card match, especially useful for exclusions
  • Improved search syntax, added supports for sentences and quoted phrases

This release includes numerous fixes and complemented by extended documentation.

The source will be posted later on
Jan 28, 2008 at 1:15 AM
Edited Jan 28, 2008 at 1:16 AM

The Faceted Search will be presented at the Office Developer Conference 2008 on 2/13/2008 in San Jose, CA

Come and ask the author any question you like

Mar 13, 2008 at 3:48 AM
Edited Mar 13, 2008 at 1:06 PM

Screencasts available

I've published 2 screencasts on MSN video
Mar 13, 2008 at 1:05 PM

Version 2.0.030808.0 posted (runtime)

New build replaces 2.0 runtime. It includes:
  • Fixed bugs in Exclusions
  • Fixed bugs in processing Lookup lists with multiple selection
  • Added display of Empty Facets in WP properties
  • Added Prefix Search in WP properties
Mar 16, 2008 at 12:44 AM

Version 2.0.030808.0 posted (source)

Mar 20, 2008 at 5:02 AM

BDC Quick Start Example posted

The example walks through configuring the Faceted Search for the AdventureWorks BDC sample step-by-step
Jul 3, 2008 at 3:22 PM
Edited Aug 12, 2008 at 8:02 PM

Faceted Search integrated with Enterprise Library

Starting the 2.5 release Faceted Search will use Enterprise Library 3.1 for:
  • Logging and exception handling
  • Caching
  • Policy injection (perf-mon counters)

The 2.5 BETA planned to be published by July 20, 2008

Jul 18, 2008 at 4:55 AM
Edited Jul 18, 2008 at 4:58 AM

2.5 BETA published

New features:

  • Integrated with *Enterprise Library* 3.1 facilitates exception handling, logging, caching and policy injection for performance monitoring
  • Smart second thread
  • Quick and long manageable cache
  • Optimized for performance
  • Synchronized with CoreSearchResults* web part
  • Narrowed the gap in search counters
  • Introduced Parent-Child* relationship between facets
  • Lots and lots of refactoring
  • Improved ordering facets
  • Supported advanced search
  • Built-in refinement by language
  • Enhanced error visualization
  • Rewamped UI for BreadCrumbs web part
  • Support of logical "OR" searches

Additional fixes:

  • Fixed paging
  • HTML encoding and XSS prevention
  • Quoted search
  • Fixed multiple-lookups
  • *Duplicate requests


Aug 19, 2008 at 2:36 AM

2.5 source is published

Dec 7, 2008 at 2:41 AM

Version 2.5.120608.0 posted (release)

This update made another major step toward fixing the difference between Facets and core search counters. Additionally it addresses "300" error, search for sentences, some advance search issues etc.

Note: To ease the deployment the Faceted Search assembly version will stay at 2.5, for now. The file version will however reflect the changes.

Jan 14, 2009 at 11:02 PM
Edited Jan 14, 2009 at 11:53 PM

Version 3.0 Alpha posted (runtime)

New release built for .Net 3.5 and EnLib 4.1. It also includes:
  • A new 3-Columns Layout page
  • A new Search Hint web part that deliveres suggestions from popular searches


Apr 15, 2009 at 1:07 AM

Version 3.0 - key features

Here is the list of anticipated features that will be implemented in Faceted Search 3.0

  • A new 3-Columns Layout page
  • A new Search Hint web part that deliveres suggestions from popular searches
  • Full support of Advanced Search, including:
    • Display of all advanced search terms in Search Facets
    • Display of all advanced search terms in Bread Crumbs
    • Support of DateTime and Integer data types in facets
    • Support of DateTime and Integer From-To Ranges
    • Built-in drill downs for DateTime and Integer facets

    The 3.0 Beta is currently in works.

  • Jul 11, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Version 3.0 Beta One-Click-Deployment posted (runtime)

    The Faceted Search 3.0 build 3.0.070709.0 is a one-click-deployment.

    It includes:

    • Signed EntLib 4.1 assemblies that will be deployed by a solution into GAC
    • web.config automation for EntLib. Configuration for Enetrprise Library caching,logging and exception handling is now written to the web.config
    • Following numerous requests, the database dependency is eliminated:
      • SQL connections strings are removed from web.config 
      • No SQL script is required to run as the Caching is based on the NullBackStore
      • The Search Hint web part utilizes MOSS internal API to pull search suggestions
    • Faceted Search feature deactivation will do cleaning of:
      • Faceted Search web parts
      • Faceted Search layout page
    • Extensions to the layout page
    • Improved logging and exception handling
    • Updated language icons
    • The build includes a new Search Tabs web part, that allows use of custom lists for search Tabs on the search results page
    Jul 19, 2009 at 8:05 PM
    Edited Aug 2, 2009 at 9:23 PM

    Version 3.0 Beta One-Click-Deployment updated

    The Faceted Search 3.0 build 3.0.071509.0 includes:

    • Search Hint web part preview fixed
    • Serach Facets parses calculated columns
    • Drill down the DateTime facets below short date disabled


    Aug 2, 2009 at 9:24 PM

    Version 3.0 Beta One-Click-Deployment updated

    The Faceted Search 3.0 Version 3.0.073109.0 includes:

    • Enforce of refresh for cached scopes in Edit mode
    • Updated WP configuration settings
    Oct 3, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Version 3.0 One-Click-Deployment is Stable

    The Faceted Search 3.0 Version 3.0.092909.0 also introduces:

    • Editing the Facet in bread crumbs
    • Lookup selection for predefined Facets such as Languages and Scopes
    • Support of Date, Numeric and Text types
    • Support of Equal, Not equal, Like and Not like operators, as well as More than and Less than, Earlier than and Later than
    Nov 1, 2009 at 11:59 PM
    Edited Nov 13, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    Version 3.0.111109.0 (runtime) published

     Numerous fixes for Scope and localization.

    Nov 3, 2009 at 1:07 PM

    Faceted Search is now supported by Stoic

    I am happy to announce that Stoic Tech will be providing full commercial support to the MOSS Faceted Search solutions. It will be real-time professional service for those who requires such. Please contact Stoic at for details.

    The CodePlex will remain being what it is, a peer-to-peer discussion board.

    Dec 30, 2009 at 2:57 AM

    3.0 Runtime is Moving Out

    As you might know the published source code is Faceted Search 2.5 and the latest Faceted Search runtime is 3.0. Reacting on the feedback received from the users, CodePlex administration recommended to remove the Faceted Search 3.0 runtime from CodePlex till the source is updated. During coming weeks I'll be setting up the place on MSDN where the Faceted Search latest releases will be published. The CodePlex version will be rolled back to Faceted Search 2.5.

    Please stand by for future announcements.

    Jan 4, 2010 at 3:50 PM
    Edited Jan 4, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Faceted Search runtime is now available at

    The CodePlex version will still offer Faceted Search 2.5 runtime and source.

    Sep 20, 2010 at 5:04 PM

    I have to say I'm pretty disappointed that the 3.0 source code is no longer available.

    Please reconsider this decision (though I'm sure the Stoic "support" agreement is why this happened).  This will make people write their own instead so there won't be much of a standard for user experience w/ search server...