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Discussion on: What software projects made you "wow" 🤯

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Lucene - it brought Google quality querying to the masses. I worked with an early C# port and it made my terrible website with an access database backend feel incredibly smart!

As amazing as it is, it was the excellent blog post and code from Tom White for his "Did you mean" that really blew me away (now only available via Wayback Machine, thanks for nothing, Oracle!).

I remember I adapted his spell index to use our own content rather than a dictionary to avoid suggesting words to users that weren't in our index, only to find spelling mistakes being suggested thanks to less diligent authors!