The following instance methods seem to be missing from the
Ferret::Document::Field class in Ferret 0.9.0 using compiled C
extensions: #string_value, #reader_value and #binary_value. They are in
the pure ruby implementation).
I got round it by mixing in hacked versions of the pure Ruby methods
(@data replaced by self.data).
Many thanks for Ferret it’s shaping up to being a killer app for Ruby.