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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Security audits

    I would love to see a security audit on the source code done at major milestones. You don't need to do them on each minor version, but one per year would be ideal.

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  9. Pull MiniProfiler out of SS providing OOTB integration

    MiniProfiler would be an external package to streamline the upgrade path. We would be able to use up to date versions of MiniProfiler and its "newer" features (in my case I want to use client side profiling in Razor Views).

    It would be great to maintain the existing "integration" by having OOTB support for SS services, request and response filters profiling.

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  10. Appsettings with wildchar get Api

    Possibility to get all the keys via wildchar ...For example retrieve all the items that starts with "widget:" and store them in a dictionary <string, T>

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  11. A registry of 3rd party plugins, features, etc.

    Host or maintain a list of 3rd party ServiceStack extensions, similar to ngmodules.org for AngularJS, the listing capability of npmjs.org, or http://plugins.telerik.com/ for Telerik AppBuilder.

    The list needs not be actively curated, but a single source where packages are listed and links to download / source code.

    As the user base of ServiceStack grows, people are building more extensions that don't necessarily belong in the core modules, and this type of list would provide a great way of bringing attention to them, outside of hard-to-find NuGet packages.

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  12. Allow filtering of services on metadata page by endpoint

    If you have many services, which you also want to provide via soap and other endpoint types and thus need multiple for each http verb. It would be great to be able to filter the metadata page based on endpoints (JSON, JSV, SOAP, Protobuf, etc.).
    Similare to the already provided filter function or via chechboxes to turn each endpoint on and off.

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  14. Async PostFileWithRequest

    Please add overload for PostFileWithRequest which is asynchronous in the same way SendAsync is implemented in ServiceClientBase - meaning an overload which accepts success/error Actions and the other which returns Task, or if both are not possible then just the latter.

    This is mainly because in Silverlight sync APIs are not "welcome" which means we have to 'manually' call this API in an async manner.

    Thanks!

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  16. AppHostMqListenerBase: AppHost with automatically registered MQ message handlers

    Create [self-hosted] apphost where all request messages are automatically registered to the MQ message service,
    so that all services can be accessed via MQ without the need to register every request type manually with something like "mqServer.RegisterHandler<Hello>(...)" .

    It would be nice if the order of operations of the mq message handling could be further aligned to the http variant.

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  17. Async CredentialsAuthProvider

    An AsyncCredentialsAuthProvider would allow us to authenticate users asynchronously (query a database, calculate hashes, etc). Right now when extending the CredentialsAuthProvider, we are limited to do everything synchronously in the TryAuthenticate method which can lead to thread starvation.

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  18. Add persistence support for Couchbase

    This shouldn't be too hard considering you seem to already support memcached..?

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  19. Built-in Active Directory Authentication suport.

    I would really like to see out of the box support for IWA - Integrated Windows Authentication with Active Directory. Many in-house .Net developers for both large and small organizations write web applications that are Intranet facing, and require the use of Integrated Windows Authentication with IIS. In these environments, corporate security policy often dictates that Active Directory group membership should drive what resources a user can and cannot access.
    So, Kerberos authentication often plays a big part in shipping the logged in user’s credentials via tickets from the application server to back end databases. Built-in support for a ServiceStack…

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  20. 1. HATEOAS (RDF/Semantic web support for entities), 2. ASP-Net Indentity Authentication Integration (http://www.asp.net/identity/)

    I've read somewhere where you don't see the need for hateoas support Demis, but I'd encourage you to revisit the subject... RDF semantic web is growing (ie RDFa), so at least support for applying sematic attributes to each object could be helpful (ie FOAF, Dublin Core, etc.)

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