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Quote amtigaikwad1988 Replybullet Topic: Search engne with asp.net in vb
    Posted: 26-Apr-2012 at 5:43am
Hi There,

I was looking if anyone could help me with some coding. I am trying to build a simple search engine website in asp.net using VB. can you please help with the coding behind the search button that will search the result either from our database or from the web.
I have to submit this project, immediate response will be appreciated.

Thank You in advance,
Amit Gaikwad

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Quote LokeshNash Replybullet Posted: 30-Apr-2012 at 1:24pm
The C# code for search is shown below. The important elements are

    constructing the JSON Url with the query text
    using WebClient to start an asynchronous request for the results
    using JsonArray to parse the JSON and loop through array to populate our SearchResult objects
    'bind' the SearchResults to the UI via ItemsSource - the DataTemplate takes care of the formatting for us.

(note: you need to manually Add References to System.Json, System.Runtime.Serialization, System.Runtime.Serialization.Json)

/// <summary>
/// Start async request for JSON
/// http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc197953(VS.95).aspx
/// </summary>
private void Search_Click(object sender, RoutedEventArgs e)
    string host = Application.Current.Host.Source.Host;
    if (Application.Current.Host.Source.Port != 80)
        host = host + ":" + Application.Current.Host.Source.Port;
    //host = "localhost:3359";
    Uri serviceUri = new Uri("http://"+host+"/SearchJson.aspx?searchfor=" + query.Text);
    WebClient downloader = new WebClient();
    downloader.OpenReadCompleted +=
        new OpenReadCompletedEventHandler(downloader_OpenReadCompleted);
/// <summary>
/// Receive JSON stream, parse into objects and bind to ListBox
/// http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc197957(VS.95).aspx
/// </summary>
void downloader_OpenReadCompleted(object sender, OpenReadCompletedEventArgs e)
    if (e.Error == null)
        using (Stream responseStream = e.Result)
            JsonArray resultStream = (JsonArray)JsonArray.Load(responseStream);
            var results = from result in resultStream
                          select result;
            List<SearchResult> list = new List<SearchResult>();
            foreach (JsonObject r in results)
               var result = new SearchResult
                    name = r["name"] ,description = r["description"]
                    ,url = r["url"],size = r["size"],date = r["date"]
            resultList.ItemsSource = list;

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Quote Stranger Replybullet Posted: 30-Apr-2012 at 1:27pm
Sample coding for search engine in ASP.NET ( VB.Net)

Defalault.aspx page contains the following code:

<%@ Page language="c#" Inherits="Search._Default" CodeFile="Default.aspx.cs" %>
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" >
<meta content="Microsoft Visual Studio 7.0" name=GENERATOR>
<meta content=C# name=CODE_LANGUAGE>
<meta content=JavaScript name=vs_defaultClientScript>
<meta content=http://schemas.microsoft.com/intellisense/ie5 name=vs_targetSchema>
<form id=Default method=post runat="server">
<asp:label id=lblQuery runat="server" Width="100px">Query:</asp:label><asp:textbox id=txtQuery accessKey=Q runat="server" Width="300px">
</asp:textbox><asp:RequiredFieldValidator id=reqValQuery runat="server" ErrorMessage="RequiredFieldValidator" Display="Dynamic" ControlToValidate="txtQuery">
You must specify a query.</asp:RequiredFieldValidator>
<asp:label id=lblQueryType runat="server" Width="100px">Query Type:</asp:label><asp:dropdownlist id=cboQueryType accessKey=T runat="server" Width="300px">
<asp:ListItem Value="All" Selected="True">All Words</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="Any">Any Words</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="Boolean">Boolean Expression</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="Exact">Exact Expression</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="Natural">Natural Language</asp:ListItem>
</asp:dropdownlist><br><asp:label id=lblDirectory runat="server" Width="100px">Directory:</asp:label><asp:dropdownlist id=cboDirectory accessKey=D runat="server" Width="300px">
<asp:ListItem Value="/" Selected="True">Entire Site</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="/Products">Products</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="/Products/App1">Products: App1</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="/Products/App2">Products: App2</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="/Services">Services</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="/Help">Help</asp:ListItem>
</asp:dropdownlist><br><asp:label id=lblSortOrder runat="server" Width="100px">Sort Order:</asp:label><asp:dropdownlist id=cboSortBy accessKey=S runat="server" Width="135px">
<asp:ListItem Value="Rank" Selected="True">Search Rank</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="DocTitle">Document Title</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="Write">Last Modified</asp:ListItem>
</asp:dropdownlist><asp:dropdownlist id=cboSortOrder runat="server" Width="100px">
<asp:ListItem Value="ASC" Selected="True">Ascending</asp:ListItem>
<asp:ListItem Value="DESC">Descending</asp:ListItem>
</asp:dropdownlist><asp:button id=btnSearch runat="server" Text="Search" onclick="btnSearch_Click"></asp:button></p>
<p><asp:label id=lblResultCount runat="server" Font-Italic="True" visible="False">X documents were found:</asp:label></p>
<p><asp:datagrid id=dgResultsGrid runat="server" PageSize="25" AllowPaging="True" AutoGenerateColumns="False" Visible="False" GridLines="None">
<itemstyle horizontalalign="Left" verticalalign="Top">

<headerstyle font-bold="True">

<asp:TemplateColumn HeaderText="Rank">
<headerstyle width="60px">

<asp:Label id=Label1 runat="server" Text='<%# ((int)DataBinder.Eval(Container, "DataSetIndex")) + 1 %>'></asp:Label>
<asp:TemplateColumn HeaderText="Document Information">
<itemstyle horizontalalign="Left" verticalalign="Top">

<p><asp:hyperlink runat="server" NavigateUrl='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "VPath")%>'><%# GetTitle(Container.DataItem)%></asp:hyperlink><br>
<asp:label runat="server"><%# GetCharacterization(Container.DataItem)%></asp:label><br>
<i><asp:hyperlink runat="server" NavigateUrl='<%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "VPath")%>'>http://<%# Request.ServerVariables["SERVER_NAME"]%><%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "VPath")%></asp:hyperlink>
- Last Modified: <asp:label runat="server"><%# DataBinder.Eval(Container.DataItem, "Write")%></asp:label></i></p>
<pagerstyle mode="NumericPages">

And Default.aspx.cs(Code Behind) File contains the following code:

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.Collections.Specialized;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.OleDb;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.SessionState;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;

namespace Search
/// <summary>
/// Summary description for _Default.
/// </summary>
public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
protected System.Data.OleDb.OleDbCommand oleDbSelectCommand1;
protected System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter dbAdapter;
protected System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection dbConnection;

protected void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
// Put user code to initialize the page here

#region Web Form Designer generated code
override protected void OnInit(EventArgs e)
// CODEGEN: This call is required by the ASP.NET Web Form Designer.

/// <summary>
/// Required method for Designer support - do not modify
/// the contents of this method with the code editor.
/// </summary>
private void InitializeComponent()
this.dbAdapter = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbDataAdapter();
this.oleDbSelectCommand1 = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbCommand();
this.dbConnection = new System.Data.OleDb.OleDbConnection();
this.dgResultsGrid.PageIndexChanged += new System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridPageChangedEventHandler(this.dgResultsGrid_PageIndexChanged);
// dbAdapter
this.dbAdapter.SelectCommand = this.oleDbSelectCommand1;
// oleDbSelectCommand1
this.oleDbSelectCommand1.Connection = this.dbConnection;
// dbConnection
this.dbConnection.ConnectionString = "Provider=MSIDXS.1;Integrated Security .=\"\";Data Source=Web";


protected void btnSearch_Click(object sender, System.EventArgs e)

private void dgResultsGrid_PageIndexChanged(object source, System.Web.UI.WebControls.DataGridPageChangedEventArgs e)
// Update the current page index.
this.dgResultsGrid.CurrentPageIndex = e.NewPageIndex;

/// <summary>
/// Gets the command string for the search.
/// <seealso cref="Search"/>
/// </summary>
private string Command
// Construct the base query.
string query = String.Format(@"
SELECT Rank, VPath, DocTitle, Filename, Characterization, Write
WHERE NOT CONTAINS(VPath, '""_vti_"" OR "".config""')",

// Conditionally construct the rest of the WHERE clause.
string type = this.cboQueryType.SelectedItem.Value.ToLower();
string fmt = @" AND (CONTAINS('{0}') OR CONTAINS(DocTitle, '{0}'))";

// Get the query string and remove all semi-colons, which should stop
// attempt to run malicious SQL code.
string text = this.txtQuery.Text.Replace(";", "");
if (type == "all" || type == "any" || type == "boolean")
string[] words = text.Split(' ');
int len = words.Length;
for (int i=0; i<len; i++)
string word = words;
if (type == "boolean")
if (String.Compare(word, "and", true) == 0 ||
String.Compare(word, "or", true) == 0 ||
String.Compare(word, "not", true) == 0 ||
String.Compare(word, "near", true) == 0)

words = String.Format(@"""{0}""", word);
if (i < len - 1)
if (type == "all") words += " AND";
else if (type == "any") words += " OR";

query += String.Format(fmt, String.Join(" ", words));
else if (type == "exact")
query += String.Format(fmt, text);
else if (type == "natural")
query += String.Format(" AND FREETEXT('{0}')", text);

// Sort the results.
query += String.Format(" ORDER BY {0} {1}",
this.cboSortBy.SelectedItem.Value, this.cboSortOrder.SelectedItem.Value);

Trace.Write("Query", query);
return query;

/// <summary>
/// Perform the search.
/// </summary>
private void Search()
// Create a new DataSet and fill it.
this.dbAdapter.SelectCommand.CommandText = Command;
DataSet ds = new DataSet("Results");

this.lblResultCount.ForeColor = Color.Black;
int rows = ds.Tables[0].Rows.Count;
this.lblResultCount.Text = String.Format("{0} document{1} found{2}",
rows, rows == 1 ? " was" : "s were", rows == 0 ? "." : ":");

// Bind the resulting DataSet.
this.dgResultsGrid.DataSource = ds;

// If all was bound well, display the DataGrid.
this.dgResultsGrid.Visible = (rows > 0);
catch (Exception ex)
this.lblResultCount.ForeColor = Color.Red;
this.lblResultCount.Text = String.Format("Unable to retreive a list " +
"of documents for the specified query: {0}", ex.Message);

this.dgResultsGrid.Visible = false;
this.lblResultCount.Visible = true;

/// <summary>
/// Get the appropriate title from the <see cref="DataGridItem.DataItem"/>
/// bound to the <see cref="DataGrid"/>.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="value">A <see cref="DataGridItem.DataItem"/> for the current record.</param>
/// <returns>Either the "DocTitle" or "Filename" respectively.</returns>
protected object GetTitle(object value)
string title = DataBinder.Eval(value, "DocTitle") as string;
if (title != null && title.Length > 0) return title;

return DataBinder.Eval(value, "Filename");

/// <summary>
/// Encodes the characterization since some malformed text could cause
/// the web browser to not render the remaining elements.
/// </summary>
/// <param name="value">A <see cref="DataGridItem.DataItem"/> for the current record.</param>
/// <returns>The encoded characterization.</returns>
protected string GetCharacterization(object value)
return Server.HtmlEncode(DataBinder.Eval(value, "Characterization") as string);
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