This article by Jeffrey Lee of Tech Ladder highlights the interplay of feature flags and the four heads of complexity. It illustrates how developers can deploy code more efficiently and without added risk by using feature flags. Feature flags generally manifest in two forms: boolean and multivariate (a type of feature flag that can serve […]
Zumba’s open-source Swivel API for feature flagging provides an interesting take on canary releases. This is achieved by deploying features to a random blocks of users, before a full release. Be sure to check out the GitHub repo, with the full project, ready for use.
Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) enables development teams to build, integrate, test, and release new software in a single platform. It has a centralized version control system that allows for continuous integration, package management, and release management. Together, these components enable agile teams to move faster in a more centralized manner while also minimizing […]
This stackoverflow discussion provides an overview of feature flags/toggles at their very core. A ‘feature flag’ (or Feature Toggle) is the ability to turn features (sub-sections) of your application on/off at a moments notice. I guess the example there was that it’s handy to have the control to reduce the feature-set somewhat if you need […]
This article sheds light on using feature toggles to control beta releases and target specific users: To overcome these challenges, smart product teams are beginning to run betas with feature flags/toggles. These are mechanisms for granularly controlling software releases, allowing you to control the timing and visibility of a beta release. Currently, many betas are […]
LaunchDarkly originally launched to nail a big pain point for developers that has been a luxury at larger companies for a while — soft-launching features and new code for a small set of users seamlessly and being able to quickly roll them back. But since the company launched and last raised $2.6 million in June, […]
Skylight’s article on feature toggles shows how they allow their VIP customers (“Insiders”) to flip on features via a UI. This allows users to control their own experience and experiment with new features before they are released. Skylight Insiders get a behind-the-scenes peek at features in development, allowing them to start using new features as […]
The presentation by Anand Agrawal covers the pros and cons of using feature toggles for application management. It goes over some tips for implementing flags in your stack and discusses some of the things to look out for in the long-run (like avoiding technical debt).
This github guide about feature flagging is open to contributors. It talks about feature flagging best practices, avoiding technical debt, database migrations, and implementation strategies. An interesting overview of everything related to feature toggling. Table of Contents Introduction Uses Getting Started Cleaning Up Best Practices Flags vs Branching Blue-Green Deployments Database Migrations Implementation
This article discusses the benefits of using feature flags for soft launching new features. A feature flagged soft launch changes this. It allows you to mitigate the risk of feature releases and incrementally roll out a feature to your users. Some benefits include: Releasing a feature ‘off’ in production and then slowly rolling it out […]