Azure Search

Azure Search is a search-as-a-service solution that allows developers to incorporate a sophisticated search experience into web and mobile applications without having to worry about the complexities of full-text search and without having to deploy, maintain or manage any infrastructure

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  1. Possibility to delete all documents in an index without deleting and recreating the index

    You should provide a possibility to delete all documents in an index without having to delete it and creating it again.

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      2 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Allow create, update, delete of Data Sources, Indexes, and Indexers with Service through ARM templates

      You currently can only create a service instance through an ARM template, you then need to make REST calls to create, update, or delete Data Sources, Indexes, and Indexers. This makes using Azure Search a challenge in solutions that are released in a Continuous Delivery model. If I want to use Release Management in VSTS to automate deployments, I need to write additional PowerShell scripts to call Azure Cmdlets to get the Primary Key for the service, then call REST APIs through PowerShell, and suck in JSON files to send as part of the request. It's a very complicated process…

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        0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • sintax highlight length

        Could we get a parameter to specify the length of a highlight fragment that is returned when the highlight parameter is used on a field? The string returned is too short for some of our users because they are searching very techincal data and need more context. It would be very useful to be able to return longer fragments depending on the field we're searching so we need control over this.

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          under review  ·  1 comment  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • Indices snapshot & restore

          Add capability to take the snapshot of indices and restoration of indices to and from Azure Blob Storage or to any other format.

          This can also provide a mechanism for archiving indices that you are not using now, but you would like to be able to access in the future.

          21 votes
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            1 comment  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • 16 votes
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              under review  ·  1 comment  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Make errors and warnings as helpful and constructive as possible

              Please try not to provide cryptic error and warning statements that are only understandable by project developers but rather try to provide HELPFUL and CONSTRUCTIVE errors and warnings that more quickly help the poor user.

              I'm a newbie who quickly encountered the error:

              400: {"result":{"Message":"Missing request parameters: definition"}}

              when I tried to create a new index without a fields element. Why couldn't it provide (it certainly "knows" what the problem is) a more helpful, constructive error like

              400: {"result":{"Message":"Missing required fields element when creating a new index"}}

              10 votes
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                0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • New Suggestions metadata in response (2014-10-20-Preview)

                Right now when you use the new suggestions feature, you get a match with some optional pre/post tags and a list of fields you indicated in OData select.

                For example, using names from AdventureWorksLT and a suggestor that searches the FirstName and LastName fields, I could make this query:

                https://[instance].search.windows.net/indexes/[index]/docs/suggest?api-version=2014-10-20-Preview&search=bon&suggesterName=namesuggestor&highlightPreTag=%3Cmark%3E&highlightPostTag=%3C%2Fmark%3E&$top=10&$select=FirstName,LastName

                {
                "value": [
                {
                "@search.text": "<mark>Bon</mark>ifaz",
                "FirstName": "Luis",
                "LastName": "Bonifaz"
                }
                ]
                }

                The payload is amazing already! For client libraries, it would be incredibly useful to also have an option to return an additional metadata field @search.field. This could indicate which field was "matched" when providing the result. So…

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                  under review  ·  0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • Return the request URL when running a query operation

                  It would be great if the query operation would return the original request's URL. Thus, it would be possible to parse the request back to the facets used on the query, which would help in having the correct selected facets shown on the search results page rather than have them saved in a middle repository (cookie, cache, posted etc.).

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                    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Most common searches by Analytics

                    PowerBI can parse the Analytics data to obtain the "Most common search queries".
                    It'd be awesome if the REST API could provide this information too.

                    8 votes
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                      0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Cursor-based pagination

                      When new elements are added to the beginning of an index paginating with $top/$skip will return duplicated elements. The cursor-based pagination solves such problems.

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                      • For the batch requests, leverage multipart content-type

                        For the batch requests (Index Population APIs), leveraging the multipart content-type (http://www.w3.org/Protocols/rfc1341/7_2_Multipart.html) would be more meaningful.

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                          under review  ·  0 comments  ·  REST API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • return the date of last modification

                          When running the index statistics I want to know the last time the index was modified. If I know an entity exists in my data source but I cannot find it in my index, knowing the index is stale would help.

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