I had reason today to play about with the codeplex faceted search project today.
It’s been around for a while, but I hesitated to download and use it for the usual reasons (mainly lack of time), plus outright fear 🙂
If you’re looking to improve your search and explore new options, download it and install it when you have an hour or so of free time. I followed the installation manual’s instructions and it took me less than 20 minutes to have it installed and working. It provides value minute zero.
It does look pretty hard to extend. The authors provide a detailed walk-through for a complex BDC scenario. I may be missing it, but I wish they would also provide a simpler scenario involving one of the pre-existing properties or maybe adding one new managed property. I shall try and write that up myself in the next period of time.
Bottom line — in minutes, you can install, configure it, use it and add some pretty cool functionality to your vanilla MOSS search and be a hero 🙂