Azure Cosmos DB

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SQL API: Query language features, syntax using SQL API, indexing, any other core features in Azure Cosmos DB.

Gremlin API: Graph features and capabilities using Gremlin API.

Cassandra API: Features and capabilities using Cassandra API.

MongoDB API: Features and capabilities using MongoDB API.

Table API: Features and capabilities using Table API.

Etcd API: Features related to using etcd as a configuration store for Kubernetes.

Built-in Apache Spark: Features related to built-in Apache Spark in Azure Cosmos DB.

Built-in Notebooks: Features related to built-in Notebooks in Azure Cosmos DB.

SDK: Features related to Azure Cosmos DB SDKs for SQL API.

Change Feed: Features related to Change Feed.

Management: All management features, backup/restore,monitoring, ARM, PowerShell and CLI.

Portal: All features for Azure Portal and Cosmos DB Explorer.

Emulator: Features related to the Azure Cosmos Emulator.

Other: Features not related to any other category.

Security:
Authentication, authorization,permissions and encryption features.

Monitoring:
Metrics, monitoring, alerts,and diagnostics features.

Server-side: Stored procedures, Triggers,and User-Defined Functions.
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  1. Support cross-document joins

    I have a many-to-many scenario that requires something like document-to-document joins.

    In my app, users can "like" posts. That's three "tables" or entity sets. One each for users, likes and posts. I can't put the likes inside of either the users or the posts entities as sub-documents because there could be thousands of them. Even with 256KB documents I'd run out of room pretty quickly. I need a way to quickly get the top 100 posts that a user liked (and continue to paginate from there). I also need to go the other way. I need to get all the…

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    25 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    For applications that require cross document join, please consider the Gremlin API: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/create-graph-dotnet, which has primitives for joins, traversals, and other graph operations.

    We are evaluating expanding the SQL grammar to support graph functionality, which will provide the ability to perform cross-document JOINs. Please upvote this item to help us prioritize this work.

  2. Transaction support in client SDKs

    it would be useful if documentdb transactions are supported in .net, rather than just storedprocs and triggers.
    using trans = newtrans()
    try
    db.addsomething()
    db.save() //ok
    db.addother()
    db.save() //fail
    catch
    trans.rollback
    end try
    end using

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    20 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Set based operations (INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE)

    It would be nice to be able to update parts of documents, delete documents, and insert documents using set based operations, similar to SQL.

    e.g.
    UPDATE Users SET IsActive = 0 WHERE LastLogin < '2010-01-01'
    DELETE FROM Users WHERE LastLogin < '2009-01-01'
    INSERT INTO table2 SELECT * FROM table1

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    7 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    There are multiple responses to this suggestion.

    Support for SQL-like syntax for UPDATE, DELETE and INSERT INTO are not on our road map at this time.

    However, the underlying functionality for an UPDATE, SET is essentially a PATCH. This functionality we are actively working on. See this User Voice item here to track for future updates. https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263030-azure-cosmos-db/suggestions/6693091-be-able-to-do-partial-updates-on-document

    Thank you for your suggestion.

  4. Support Document Versioning

    The ability to generate links to a previous version of a document would be a powerful addition DocumentDB that has many use cases.

    In my case I need a self managed profile document that needs to be referenced at point in time to be tied to an event.

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    12 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Azure Cosmos DB now provides the ability to access the change feed (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/change-feed). A common pattern to implement eventing patterns is

    1. Store every version/change as a separate item
    2. Read the change feed to merge/consolidate changes and trigger appropriate actions downstream.

    You can also expire old versions using TTL: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/time-to-live

  5. Support Cypher as a query language for Graph data

    Add Cyhper (see http://www.opencypher.org/) as a language to query graph databases. Cypher is a human readable query languages to easily access a graph database.

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    10 comments  ·  Gremlin API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Add support for single entity retrieval instead of IEnumarable

    Single \ First and so are currently not supported in Document DB

    For example, the following code:

    return _client.CreateDocumentQuery<TEntity>(_collection.SelfLink).SingleOrDefault(x => x.Id == id);

    causes the error:

    An exception of type 'Microsoft.Azure.Documents.Linq.DocumentQueryException' occurred in Microsoft.Azure.Documents.Client.dll but was not handled in user code

    Additional information: Query expression is invalid, expression return type Entities.Models.Hierarchy is unsupported. Query must evaluate to IEnumerable.

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    7 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your feedback. I have discussed this in more detail with our team.

    You are correct the workaround suggested to use .AsEnumerable().FirstOrDefault(). should not be a recommended work around. This way results in materializing all documents on the client first before getting the 1st document, which is not very efficient and the exact opposite of what you are trying to achieve.

    Instead we recommend you use Take(1).AsEnumerable() and then .First() or .Single() or .FirstOrDefault() for Single() and First(). Take(1) is translated to SELECT TOP 1 and is processed server-side so more efficient than the previous suggestion and is what you are trying to achieve.

    As to the original ask. The support for these operations can be done, but this work is not prioritized against the other work we want to deliver. I will move this back as unplanned but please note this is on our roadmap.

    Thanks again…

  7. Linq provider should respect JsonSerializerSettings ContractResolvers

    JsonSerializerSettings are now supported when creating the client, as per https://feedback.azure.com/forums/263030-azure-cosmos-db/suggestions/6422364-allow-me-to-set-jsonserializersettings

    However, when using for example a CamelCasePropertyNamesContractResolver to store the data, the linq queries will fail if the properties on the POCO classes are Pascal case.

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    10 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Add ability to rename databases and collections

    It should be possible to rename databases and collections.

    This feature is universal in all if not the vast majority of database products.

    Lack of ability to rename anything makes it very hard for us to manage releases if we are adding new data. Currently, we have to create a copy of the existing database (which is a feat in itself, since this again is not core functionality), make the change there, and then re-point the website to the updated database. All this time, we are incurring extra costs and inconvenience.

    Renaming things also allows us to correct typos, which…

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    5 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The ability to rename databases and collections is not currently something that is in our road map.

    Currently the way to accomplish this task in Cosmos DB is to create a new collection with the changed name then use bulk exec or change feed to populate it.

    Thanks for your request and input on this. We may consider this for a future planning cycle.

    thanks.

  9. Add the ability to delete ALL data in a partition

    In a partitioned collection, it would be useful to have the option delete all data with a given partitionId.

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    12 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Implement a graphql provider

    graphql {http://graphql.org/} is becoming increasingly adopted by front end frameworks (including mobile) for querying backend / API data.

    Rather than having to translate each graphql query into a DocumentDB client call it would be optimal and very powerful to issue the query directly.

    It would also provide enhanced query abilities over the existing REST approach.

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    11 comments  ·  Gremlin API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Support the CouchDB replication protocol

    Support the CouchDB replication protocol so that we can sync with PouchDB or Couchbase Lite NoSQL databases on mobile devices for superior online / offline capabilities.

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    5 comments  ·  Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Support for transactions via Mongo 4.0 API

    Mongo 4.0 incl transactions has been released: https://www.mongodb.com/transactions.
    CosmosDB should support Mongo 4.0 API (including transactions)

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    9 comments  ·  MongoDB API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. Built-in OAuth support

    Support OAuth to make it easy for mobile clients to securely talk directly to DocumentDB without a middle tier or a separate resource token broker.

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    11 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. Better handling of "request limit too large"

    Here (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cosmos-db/performance-tips) you can see that when you have exceeded your RU/s quota, Cosmos DB will respond with HTTP Status 429 with an HTTP header x-ms-retry-after-ms telling you when you can make the next request. It also says that the request will be retried automatically, if you use the SQL API.

    For the MongoDB API, requests will not be retried automatically and there is nothing telling the user how long to wait before retrying. Instead you have to catch a MongoCommandException, look at the Code property for 16500 and guess when to retry,

    I'd like the same support…

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    6 comments  ·  MongoDB API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. Support multiple collections in stored procedures

    Currently CosmosDB Stored procedures only allow access to a SINGLE collection (because they seem to be scoped to collections rather than to the database), via getContext() :

    var collection = getContext().getCollection();

    But any "useful" / "real-life" application using ComosDB will typically have to interact with more than one collection. For example, it is currently IMPOSSIBLE to insert documents into two distinct collections within a database using a single stored procedure -- a VERY SERIOUS drawback / limitation.

    I would propose that stored procedures be scoped to the database level and then we would be allowed to do something like:

    var…

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    7 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. EventGrid publisher for CosmosDB

    Instead of, or in addition to, the existing ChangeFeed please publish changes to Event Grid.

    This shud be mngt ops like DB create, collection create etc.
    AND changes to documents, including deletes.

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    9 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. Support for W3C SPARQL as a query language

    SPARQL is a mature W3C standard for querying and updating graph-like data with well defined semantics and rich query capabilities.

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/SPARQL

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    4 comments  ·  Gremlin API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  18. Sub-collections for multi-tenant applications

    In a multi tenant environment it is absolutely essential to limit results only to documents that belong to the current tenant. Adding a tenant name property to every document is not good enough because developers must ALWAYS remember to filter queries by that property. If they forget to do that the results can be devastating. It is also not possible to prevent that with tests.

    To use a separate collection for each tenant is too expensive with the current pricing structure.

    Please enable a possibility to add sub-collections that would act as a query boundary. They should also be a…

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    7 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Thank you for your suggestion. This is not currently on our road map.

    As suggested by others, customers are implementing this pattern using the same container with a partition key per tenant or a synthetic key with the tenant id and one or more other properties.

    Will mark this as unplanned and leave open and will revisit this in future planning cycles.

    Thank you for your suggestion and votes.

  19. Support documents up to 16mb

    It's not possible to migrate documents greater than 2mb, please consider increase document size up to 16mb

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  20. Add support for "Search text" ($text Operator)

    Support for "Mongo Search Text" (https://docs.mongodb.com/manual/text-search/). Example of use:

    db.stores.find( { $text: { $search: "java coffee shop" } } )

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