.NET/C# Feature Flag Resources/Solutions
- LaunchDarkly .NET Feature Flag SDK – LaunchDarkly
- .NET Feature Flags – CodePlex
- “Features Flags is a .net implementation of the feature flags technique (also known as Feature Toggle). Feature Flags are very useful to enable real continous integration. This implementation stores features state inside a SQL Server Database and enables dynamic activation from a WPF UI and from .net code.”
- NFeature – Ben Aston
- “A simple feature configuration system (or feature toggle / flipper / whatever you want to call it.). Feature configuration walls enable you to integrate your code earlier, which brings lots of goodness (such as helping to avoid branch merge problems.)”
- GitHub Repo
- FeatureToggle – Jason Roberts
- “Simple, reliable feature toggles in .NET. Install FeatureToggle easily via NuGet”
- GitHub Repo
- FeatureSwitcher – Max Malook
- “FeatureSwitcher is little library build to support you when you want to introduce feature switches/toggles in your code. Before this library was born, the existed alternatives (nToggle, FeatureToggle and NFeature) was tested. The API of the first two is toggle centric it meens you have to decide while you coding how a feature is later controlled in production ex. using date range or database entry. Although the API of the last one is feature centric a feature must be defined as enum value what makes it complex for configuration.”
- GitHub Repo
- nToggle – Steve Moyer
- “Feature Toggling for .net”
- GitHub Repo
- Toggler – Manoj
- “Feature toggling library for .NET.”
- GitHub Repo
- “Learn what feature toggles are and how to use them in applications, and also how to use the FeatureToggle library.”
LaunchDarkly .NET SDK Reference
This reference guide documents all of the methods available in the .NET SDK, and explains in detail how these methods work. If you want to dig even deeper, the SDKs are open source– head to the .NET SDK GitHub repository to look under the hood.
.NET SDK Reference
This reference guide documents all of the methods available in our .NET SDK, and explains in detail how these methods work. If you want to dig even deeper, our SDKs are open source– head to our .NET SDK GitHub repositoryto look under the hood.
The .NET SDK requires version 4.5 or later of the .NET framework. Support for .NET Core is coming soon.
Once the SDK is installed, you’ll want to create a single, shared instance of
LDClient must be a singleton
It’s important to make this a singleton– internally, the client instance maintains internal state that allows us to serve feature flags without making any remote requests. Be sure that you’re not instantiating a new client with every request.
Customizing your client
You can also pass custom parameters to the client by creating a custom configuration object:
Here, we’ve customized the event queue flush frequency.
Feature flag targeting and rollouts are all determined by the user you pass to your
variation calls. In our .NET SDK, the
User class contains extension methods that make it easy to construct users. Here’s an example:
Let’s walk through this snippet. The argument to
WithKey is the user’s key– in this case we’ve used the hash
"aa0ceb". The user key is the only mandatory user attribute. The key should also uniquely identify each user. You can use a primary key, an e-mail address, or a hash, as long as the same user always has the same key. We recommend using a hash if possible.
All of the other attributes (set via calls to
AndCustom attributes) are optional. The attributes you specify will automatically appear on our dashboard, meaning that you can start segmenting and targeting users with these attributes.
In addition to the built-in attributes defined in the
User class, you can pass us any of your own user data by passing
custom attributes, like the
groups attribute in the example above.
A note on types
Most of our built-in attributes (like names and e-mail addresses) expect string values. Custom attributes values can be strings, booleans (like true or false), numbers, or lists of strings, booleans or numbers.
If you enter a custom value on our dashboard that looks like a number or a boolean, it’ll be interpreted that way. The .NET SDK is strongly typed, so be aware of this distinction.
Custom attributes are one of the most powerful features of LaunchDarkly. They let you target users according to any data that you want to send to us– organizations, groups, account plans– anything you pass to us becomes available instantly on our dashboard.
You can also distinguish logged-in users from anonymous users in the SDK, as follows:
You will still need to generate a unique key for anonymous users– session IDs or UUIDs work best for this.
Anonymous users work just like regular users, except that they won’t appear on your Users page in LaunchDarkly. You also can’t search for anonymous users on your Features page, and you can’t search or autocomplete by anonymous user keys. This is actually a good thing– it keeps anonymous users from polluting your Users page!
Variation method determines whether a flag is enabled or not for a specific user. In .NET, there is a
variation method for each type (e.g.
variation calls take the feature flag key, an
LDUser, and a default value.
The default value will only be returned if an error is encountered– for example, if the feature flag key doesn’t exist or the user doesn’t have a key specified.
variation call will automatically create a user in LaunchDarkly if a user with that user key doesn’t exist already. There’s no need to create users ahead of time (but if you do need to, take a look at Identify).
AllFlags method produces a map of feature flag keys to their values for a specific user.
Track method allows you to record actions your users take on your site. This lets you record events that take place on your server. In LaunchDarkly, you can tie these events to goals in A/B tests. Here’s a simple example:
You can also attach custom data to your event by passing an extra parameter to
Identify creates or updates users on LaunchDarkly, making them available for targeting and autocomplete on the dashboard. In most cases, you won’t need to call
Variation call will automatically create users on the dashboard for you.
Identify can be useful if you want to pre-populate your dashboard before launching any features.
Secure mode hash
Internally, the LaunchDarkly SDK keeps an event buffer for
Identify calls. These are flushed periodically in a background thread. In some situations (for example, if you’re testing out the SDK in a REPL), you may want to manually call
Flush to process events immediately.
Note that the flush interval is configurable– if you need to change the interval, you can do so via the
Dispose safely shuts down the client instance and releases all resources associated with the client. In most long-running applications, you should not have to call dispose.