Brian Beck is starting work on a project named Merquery, with the goal of making full text indexing (aka “a search engine”) trivial for users of rapid development frameworks like TurboGears. Reading the post that I’m linking to, it doesn’t sound like Brian is reinventing the search engine wheel. Making a high-quality engine is hard work and has been done by a number of projects already. Brian is talking about providing a drop dead simple API for getting the engine running with your database. That’s a great goal, and many projects (Docudo, TurboBlog, Fast Track come to mind) could benefit greatly.