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  1. Ability to define JsConfig.IgnoreAttributesNamed at scope level

    I would like to be able to Ignore certain properties only when returning response from Web API i.e. during Serialization/ Deserialization. While using the same object for saving in Cache, I would like to have all the properties to stored in Cache. Having IgnoreAttributesNamed at scope level will allow me to do the same.

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    • OrmLite CodeFirst Schema Migrations

      Support to automatically update a db schema based on changes such as: adding/renaming and possibly removing a property or class.

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      • Enhance AutoQuery to Handle "OR"s in the Template Property of the QueryField Attribute

        In my AutoQuery service, one of my request DTOs uses a custom "NameSearch" property with a QueryField attribute with a Template which has ORs in it - "FirstName LIKE {Value} OR LastName LIKE {Value} OR ..." . I also have a boolean property "IsActive" which matches a field in the database table.

        When I use these two properties together in a query to the service - "?NameSearch=abc&IsActive=true" - the results contain some people who are inactive. I should have figured this out without a SQL trace, but when I did one, I noticed that this was caused by not having…

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        • Ormlite Extend Transactions with ReadLock abilities

          Current transaction isolation levels do not prevent others from reading and modifying the same data.
          They all wait nice in line to be able to update the same rows, but there is no way of preventing them from overwriting the previous data, and no error message that the data you selected has become stale in between.

          An easy way to solve it to allow a way to lock the selected rows to assure that the current transaction is finished before the next one can read the value and do its own changes.

          This is easely done by just adding a…

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          • Inject ReplyClientFactory from RedisMqServer to MessageHandler<T>

            There's a ReplyClientFactory property on RedisMqServer, which is not used at all. I believe that it should be used to override the MessageHandler<T>.ReplyClientFactory property.

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              • Add a new method to IContainerAdapter interface to support Resolving with name parameters

                I am using ServiceStack with Autofac IoC.
                There is code provided for wiring up the AutofacIocAdapter as the default resolver for ServiceStack (instead of Funq).
                There are two method currently exposed on the IContanerAdapter interface which is used to expose wiring.
                It would be useful to expose another method to resolve registered components with named parameters .
                It would be very easy as the underlying IContainer interface already exposes this methed.

                So, something like

                public class AutofacIocAdapter : IContainerAdapter
                {
                private readonly IContainer _container;

                public AutofacIocAdapter(IContainer container)
                {
                _container = container;
                }

                public T Resolve<T>()
                {
                return _container.Resolve<T>();
                }

                public…

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                • Add convenience links on the API metadata page for parameterless GET requests.

                  I would be nice to just click on a link for the GET requests and actually execute the request and see the output. Right now I have to look at the metadata page for the request, copy the url path, and then paste it into browser address tab.

                  This probably would not be feasible for POST requests however, unless you want to get fancy with a button or something instead of a link.

                  I'm also basically assuming that this would only work for requests with no parameters. Otherwise you'd have to make assumptions of some sort.

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                  • Support Calls to .ToString() in SqlExpression Where Clause

                    This feature is useful when you need to do STRING related operations on NON STRING types like INT.

                    One use case is when you need to do pattern matching (used in searches) on an INT column. That would be great to be able to just write:

                    q.Where(x => x.IntColumn.ToString().Contains("123"));

                    which should generate the following in SQL Server:

                    WHERE cast(IntColumn as VARCHAR) LIKE '%123%'

                    Since this feature is not implemented we have to use something like this:

                    q.Where("cast(IntColumn as VARCHAR) LIKE '%123%'");

                    Which is not that good because it is not strongly typed. And also for that SqlExpression to work, OrmLiteUtils.IllegalSqlFragmentTokens…

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                    • Per-Service Date Format

                      Last time I asked it was an all or nothing thing...

                      Basically the CMS we have started off with WCF as the default Date format for JSON.

                      They then licensed SS and started building new components using SS, and globally (to maintain consistency) kept that crappy unreadable date format.

                      So my problem is that I can't globally set ISO as the date format or the entire CMS backend just blows up.

                      I would like to be able to attach an attribute to a service method to have it format the dates to ISO on a one-off basis as needed.

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                      • Add BulkInsert/Bulk Copy to the ormlite databases you can

                        Being able to bulk insert/copy would be cool.

                        Adding support in so I could just take a list and

                        Db.BulkCopy(listOfObjects);

                        would be pretty sweet.

                        SqlServer has the bulkCopy object, postgres has the copy command, sqlite has import (although no idea how well that works) , and mysql...well...who cares (i don't know what they have)

                        Having a single interface for bulk copying objects into different databases I think would be a nice feature for ormlite. (not sure how feasible)

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                        • Azure DocumentDB caching provider

                          Support Azure DocumentDB as an available caching provider for Azure hosts.

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                          • Akin to Swagger, please provide built in support for RAML

                            RAML (see raml.org) is pretty sweet as a design tool... like Swagger 2.0, you can design your full API and corresponding documentation in the designer tools.

                            It would be nice to have ServiceStack support reading RAML generated specs and automagically create the corresponding ServiceStack API with stubbed in methods.

                            One of the nice things about RAML is the ability to generate a mock JSON responses and/or status codes from a specified endpoint as directed by the RAML designer tools. This allows it easy for other peer developers (and regression tools) to consume your service although it might still be under…

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                            • ExcludePropertyReferences for Data Contracts

                              Currently ExcludePropertyReferences is expecting DeclaringTypeName.DataContractName. Its more helpful if the type is fully qualified.

                              for example ; from below Json if we want to exclude :{"Officeaddress.houseaddress.city"}; .

                              Json:
                              //----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              {"id":"eb26f100-3758-4a19-806b-cd5af44f88a4","data":{"lname":"Talluri","firstname":"RamaNaresh","city":"Atlanta"},"collections":{"houseaddress":[{"id":"126e057d-e91b-42ec-b40d-bdba9c831d64","data":{"city":"CA_Toronto"}}],"officeaddress":[{"id":"5ff48bd4-bfe2-4721-adf1-3f5cd3b5c736","data":{"city":"US_Alpharetta"},"collections":{"houseaddress":[{"id":"aad21efc-2768-4518-a505-71dc8b82ad40","data":{"city":"CA_Downtown"}}]}}]}}
                              //----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              Model :
                              //----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                              [DataContract]
                              public class AddressModel : BaseModel
                              {
                              [DataMember(Name = "id")]
                              public System.Guid Id
                              {
                              get;
                              set;
                              }

                              [DataMember(Name = "data")]
                              public virtual BaseAddress Data
                              {
                              get;
                              set;
                              }

                              [DataMember(Name = "collections")]
                              public virtual AddressCollection Collections
                              {
                              get;
                              set;
                              }
                              }

                              [DataContract]
                              public class BaseAddress
                              {

                              [DataMember(Name = "lname")]
                              public string LastName
                              {
                              get;
                              set;
                              }
                              [DataMember(Name = "firstname")]
                              public string FirstName
                              {
                              get;
                              set;
                              }
                              [DataMember(Name…

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                              • Abstraction for Cassandra and other common NoSQL option

                                NoSQL is an important piece of technology nowadays. I would like to see if I could have an abstraction layer for each NoSQL support so that I can switch easily,.

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                                • Allow customization of ModelDefinition in ORM Lite

                                  I need to be able to customize the ModelDefinition after it is generated by ORM Lite. I propose adding a method to IOrmLiteDialectProvider named CustomizeModelDefinition(ModelDefinition modelDef). In the base dialect providers, there are multiple methods used to create ModelDefinitions. I propose that all of those calls be routed through one method in OrmLiteConfig.GetModelMetadata(this Type modelType). In that method, after the model is created, it would invoke DialectProvider.CustomizeModelDefinition(modelDef). I downloaded and implemented this and tested it. It didn't take long and worked well. I would be happy to share the code.

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                                  • Enable foreign key constraint checks for Sqlite

                                    Currently OrmLite's Sqlite adapter supports creation of foreign key constraints when using the ForeignKey attribute on your data classes. However the foreign keys aren't actually enforced at the database by default (for 'compatibility reasons').

                                    I don't know when Sqlite added the feature, but it will check constraints if you send a pragma at the start of each connection:

                                    http://www.sqlite.org/pragma.html#pragma_foreign_keys

                                    I've tested a simple workaround by sending the pragma as a SQL statement in my service methods), and the constraints are enforced as expected. Cascade deletes work as expected too.

                                    However this isn't optimal if you want your service code to…

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                                    • Option to maintain references when serializing/deserializing.

                                      My use-case is serializing compound DTO objects before sending them over the wire. There is no escaping the possibility that multiple references may exist. I can try to hack a solution that maintains references before/after serialization, but I really think this should be included in the serialization process as an option if at all possible.

                                      There is already an older post on Stack Overflow about this, and I think (hope? ;) others would want the functionality as well.

                                      http://stackoverflow.com/questions/11644905/serialize-deserialize-complex-type-to-json-with-object-references-and-dictionari)

                                      I didn't want to bump that, so I'll add my comments here:

                                      Currently, PCLs are significantly growing in popularity, as…

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                                      • Add Navigation Properties To POCOs

                                        Entity Framework currently has navigation properties for foreign keys to other tables. Having this feature in OrmLite would be absolutely amazing.

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                                        • Support PostgreSQL array parameters

                                          Currently to send in an integer array as a parameter, I have to use format.

                                          var ids = "ARRAY[1,2,3]";
                                          var sql = "SELECT 1 = ANY[{0}]".Fmt(ids);
                                          Db.Query<Model>(sql);

                                          I would rather use syntax like this:
                                          var ids = new int[] {1, 2, 3};
                                          var sql = "SELECT 1 = ANY(@ids)";
                                          Db.Query<Model>(sql, new { ids });

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