Category: LaunchDarkly

Net Promoter Score + Feature Flags for canary releases

Canary releases are a DevOps best practice of pushing new features to a subset of your customers. By pushing to a subset, this group can provide early feedback, verify functionality, and act as “canaries” to your entire population. Originally, canary had a negative connotation – miners took canaries down into mines, as canaries were more […]

Controlling Releases with Microsoft VSTS + LaunchDarkly

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 […]

Beta testing without the risk – LaunchDarkly raises $8.7m

This article by Jeffrey Lee highlights the recent funding announcement from LaunchDarkly, a company specializing in feature flags that allows companies to beta launch software with less risk. Last month, LaunchDarkly raised $8.7m from DFJ, with SoftTechVC and Bloomberg Beta following on.  DFJ’s portfolio has had huge wins like Box, Twilio, SolarCity and Tesla.  This […]

A New Way To Beta Test – Using feature toggles to run beta tests

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 gets $8.7M for feature flag management

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, […]

Feature flagging to mitigate risk in database migration

In this article, Patrick Kaeding discusses how to mitigate risk in data migration by using feature flags.  He goes through the example of migrating from MongoDB to DynamoDB and how to control the read and write traffic to assess performance. There comes a time in every developer’s life when you realize you need to migrate […]

Enterprise Requirements for Managing Feature Flags

This article by LaunchDarkly highlights the requirements for managing feature flags for enterprise organizations. The process of feature flagging is fairly straightforward: you wrap your features in conditionals that determine who can see your features and when. At an enterprise scale, organizations must confront the complexities of mitigating technical debt, managing developer workflows, compliance, and […]

Architecting a Better Rollout with Continuous Delivery

LaunchDarkly and Codeship recently released a webinar on Continuous Delivery.  They talk about the newest ways to implement continuous delivery using automated tools and feature flags. Quality assurance doesn’t end after you deploy. In a recent webinar hosted jointly by Codeship andLaunchDarkly, Codeship co-founder Florian Motlik said, “While QA is undoubtedly important, you need to extend […]

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