Faceted Navigation & Search


I need an amazon like menu system so you can drill down categories, price ranges, etc etc until you eventually find what you want. Then what i would like is a direct link to this product so if you send it to a user they can find what you were looking at it.

Ive done some searching and not really found anything. It will be a mixture of text searching with or without.

Is there any plugins, techniques out there already that work with rails


I have used Solr for achieving this. And it works like a charm. Though I had implemented this using Java API, I have heard a lot of good things about the Ruby API as well.

Another contender would be thinking-sphinx.

Check - http://wiki.apache.org/solr/solr-ruby & http://www.ruby-toolbox.com/categories/rails_search.html