in reply to OT: BBC releases search engine

What is nice to see is that the front end is in Perl. I can't speak for the back end. Given the direction a lot of companies are taking (.NET, Java etc) its good to see Perl still being taken seriously.

The BBC use perl on quite a lot of the site. In fact betsite was written by someone in the BBC Education department and is used on every page for the "Text only version" which renders the page without graphics and javascript in a format useful for blind people with text2speech software. You'll see that Perl is used in quite a few other places too.

Shame it doesn't list Perl monks yet :P

It does. Just click on the "Results from Web" tab. Or click here it's not blazingly fast, but I'd expect it to improve over time.

I agree, it's great to see a big corporation using open source technology and giving back to the community at the same time. It's a shame there's as yet, no perl success story about the BBC.


-- simonflk


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Re: Re: OT: BBC releases search engine
by simon.proctor (Vicar) on May 03, 2002 at 08:03 UTC
    Yeah I discovered the 'results from web' thing almost as soon as I hit submit and so couldn't edit it afterwards :P.

    Shame its a little slow though.