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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. Be able to do partial updates on document

    Allow to push only values for some fields of a document and not need to read the whole document and save it to documentDB.

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    87 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add Group By support for Aggregate Functions

    We're really happy about the new aggregate functions that recently were announced. But without Group By support they fall short and will leave many disappointed. Please add Group By support as well.

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

    Azure Cosmos DB now supports GROUP BY queries! With GROUP BY, you can run queries that group your results according to the values of one or more specified properties. This feature is currently supported in Data Explorer, JavaScript SDK 3.4, and .NET SDK 3.3. Support for other SDKs will be available later this year.

  3. 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.

  4. 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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    21 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. 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.

  6. Implement LIKE keyword

    Add support for the LIKE '%%' SQL keyword and associated functionality.

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  7. 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

  8. 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…

  9. 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. 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.

    415 votes
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    12 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. Support ORDER BY on the ST_DISTANCE spatial function

    Ordering results by the ST_DISTANCE spatial function is currently not supported.

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    14 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Make COUNT() aware of indexes

    Queries with COUNT() or other aggregates are very expensive and all appear to be scan driven vs. index driven.

    I have 50k documents in collection, each has "Type" property with string value. The indexing policy is default.

    The following simple query consumes 615 RUs:
    SELECT VALUE COUNT(1) FROM x WHERE x.Type ='Content'

    The result is 9738 records.

    The query metrics are:
    RetrievedDocumentCount: 9738
    RetrievedDocumentSize: 69506571
    OutputDocumentCount: 1
    OutputDocumentSize: 53
    IndexHitDocumentCount: 0
    IndexHitRatio: 0

    So what we see is that database reads all "Contents" and than counts them. But it's enough to just count the index entries not to read all…

    194 votes
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    4 comments  ·  SQL API  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. 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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  14. Add DateTimeOffset support

    The DocumentDb engine should be able to recognize and properly order DateTimeOffset serialized fields.

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  15. Support case insensitive indexing

    Order by returns lowercase characters before uppercase characters.

    x
    y
    z
    A
    B
    C

    I know you can work around this by storing an all lower or all upper case version of the string you want to query by on your object but over time and scale that does add to your RU usage

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  16. Execute a procedure when TTL expires

    I would like to execute a procedure when TTL expires. For example, when TTL expires I would like to also delete some related records from Azure table storage.

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

    We plan to introduce support for tracking deletes in the change feed. Using this capability, you can integrate with Azure Functions or another event processing system to perform operations like execute procedure or call other services programmatically.

  17. Order By Null Handling

    Currently if you do an order by on a nullable value, the documents are not returned at all. Please add functionality similiar to Application Insights where you can specify if the documents with the null value appear at the beginning or end of the sort.

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  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 OrderBy and OrderByDescending in Nested Arrays

    For example in a document structure such as:

    {
    "id": "some id",
    "things": [
    { "value": "5" },
    { "value": "2" },
    { "value: "7" }
    ]
    }

    It would be great to be able to do something like:

    queryable.Select(x => x.Things.OrderByDescending(y => y.Value)).AsEnumerable.FirstOrDefault();

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

    This is something we have on our backlog and eventually plan to implement this but it is not on our short-term plan. Will mark this as under review for now as we will continue to review the comments and votes on this issue as we revisit feedback.

    Thanks for your request.

  20. Compress query results

    Compress query results if requested by the client. This could significantly improve network throughput for large queries.

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