In keeping with my commitment to continue to give back to the SharePoint community, I am pleased to announce Release 2 of the Wildcard Search Web Part for MOSS Enterprise Search. This new version of the Wildcard Search control adds support for passing a scope to the query using the standard 'S' URL parameter. This allows you to use the scopes dropdownlist so that you can query other content sources (i.e.: the BDC).
This release also adds a new property FixedFullTextSqlQuery which can be used to specify a static Full Text SQL Query. You can type in any query using the Search Full Text SQL Query syntax, and it will execute provided no keyword parameter has been passed using the query string. You can set this property through the UI, programmatically, or by using CAML. It also can be a great way to test out a full text query. Keep in mind though, you should use this parameter with caution as you can easily write a query that does not perform well (such as returning the whole index).
So not a huge release, but the issue with scope definitely needed to be addressed. Many thanks for everyone who has downloaded Release 1 and left comments and feedback. Please continue to leave comments and report any issues you may have here or on CodePlex.
Wildcard Search Web Part Release 2
Here is more information on how Release 1 works.