It looks like the WordPress folks have finally fixed the plugin search, though it still isn’t perfect, it has been much improved over what it was before.
Knowing that a big complaint with WordPress is its built-in search abilities, it didn’t surprise me when I found I couldn’t find plugins I wanted when WordPress added the plugin search and install tool right into WordPress core, but I knew that not having decent search for such a tool would negate its usefulness, so I am glad they took the issue seriously, and have improved the results substantially.
Interesting to me is the fact that they didn’t write their own search tool, but instead borrowed Sphinx, a free, open sourced MySQL search tool.
They have also committed to allowing search by author and tags soon.
If you want to read the full details, check out the WordPress blog, and let me know what you think of the new search results.