Category: Feature Flags

MAKE YOUR NEXT REDESIGN YOUR LAST

This article by Sam Moore discusses the intricacies of a redesign, and the do’s and dont’s, including best practices. In certain situations sites that have grown truly dated sometimes need a more intense, focused design effort to move away from the pattern of periodic redesigns. The best strategy in a case like this is to […]

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 […]

Feature Toggle Slide Deck

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).

9 Chapter Comprehensive Guide to Feature Flagging

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  

Soft Launches Using Feature Flags

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 […]

When feature flags go wrong

In this article, Edith Harbaugh discusses the potential pitfalls of feature flags and how to avoid those mistakes. Key takeaways Feature flags are a valuable technique to deliver better, more reliable software faster Feature flags can be used for both release management (dark launches, canary rollouts, betas) as well as long term control (entitlement management, […]

Continuous Delivery Coding Patterns – Feature Toggles

This InfoQ article discusses the use of feature toggling as a new nomenclature term for continuous delivery.  It also discusses trunk-based development with an overview of feature toggles. Key takeaways It’s possible to simultaneously increase speed and reliability of software development, and reduce risks; there’s no need to tradeoff quality and safety for speed. Continuous […]

The Future of Feature Flags: Managing Dynamic Applications

This article explores the various use cases that are made possible by multivariate feature flags.  With the introduction of multivariate flags, developers have been experimenting with serving rich values via these flags: strings, numbers, JSON objects, and JSON arrays. Using feature flags to manage dynamic applications opens up many powerful and interesting use cases, for example: Manage features […]

Feature Toggle Management with Hobknob

Hobknob is a feature toggle front-end built on top of etcd. It allows users to create and modify feature toggles, which can then be accesesed in your applications. Convention Features in Hobknob are grouped by application. Each application can have many, uniquely named features. Each feature will either have one on/off toggle or many on/off […]

How LaunchDarkly Serves Over 4 Billion Feature Flags Daily

In this stackshare post, John Kodumal, CTO of LaunchDarkly, discusses how LaunchDarkly serves over 4 billion feature flags daily. Feature flagging (wrapping a feature in a flag that’s controlled outside of deployment) is a technique for effective continuous delivery. For example, you can wrap a new signup form in a feature flag and then control […]

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