Has anyone here implemented autocomplete feature of azure search with Sitecore?

I see documentation on how to add a suggester while creating an index in azure, but Sitecore documentation (https://doc.sitecore.net/sitecore_experience_platform/setting_up_and_maintaining/search_and_indexing/using_solr_autosuggest) only mentions solr suggester configuration, and I don't see corresponding dlls for azure on nuget (Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrProvider.dll, Sitecore.ContentSearch.SolrNetExtension.dll)

Any ideas?

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Azure does not support solr suggester for sitecore, but as a workaround you can create a separate index where you store only text information that you want to use for suggestions (to get suggestions fast) that you will be use like a suggester dictionary.

Example of suggesting by field "Title":

public class TitleSearchResultItem
    public string Title { get; set; }

Suggest method:

public IEnumerable<string> Suggest(string term, int count = 5)
            char[] delimiters = { ' ', ',', ';', '.', ':', '-' };

            var words = term.Split(delimiters, StringSplitOptions.RemoveEmptyEntries);

            var predicate = PredicateBuilder.True<TitleSearchResultItem>();
            predicate = words.Aggregate(predicate, (current, t) =>
                return current.And(x => x.Title.StartsWith(t).Boost(10) || x.Title.Contains(t).Boost(5));

            var contextIndex = _contextRepository.GetSearchIndexContext("custom_suggester_index");
            using (var context = contextIndex.CreateSearchContext())
                var results = context.GetQueryable<TitleSearchResultItem>()
                    .Select(x => new { x.Title });

                return results.Select(x => x.Title).ToList();

Following list for features that exist in Azure that are not currently supported by your Sitecore provider:

  • Geospatial data types
  • Indexers
  • Suggestions
  • Highlighters

Source: Sitecore Azure Search overview

  • Note that SXA adds support for geospatial and suggestions. May 16, 2019 at 21:54

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