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Why isn't "returnDistinctValues" an option for the "Query" object in the JS API?

Question asked by beck3905 on Oct 29, 2013
Latest reply on Sep 18, 2015 by jhine-esristaff
I was just looking over the Esri JS API documentation and the Esri REST API documentation at query operations.  I noticed that the query REST endpoint is called by the FeatureLayer.queryFeatures function.  The query REST endpoint has an option for returnDistinctValues to get a list of unique values in a field.  Why isn't this an option for the Query object in the JS API.  It's always a lot of trouble to have to sift through the results of a query to get the unique values and it's even worse when there are more values than are returned by a single query.