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Ben Nadel at Scotch On The Rocks (SOTR) 2011 (Edinburgh) with: Rob Rawlins
Ben Nadel at Scotch On The Rocks (SOTR) 2011 (Edinburgh) with: Rob Rawlins ( @SirRawlins )

Feature Flags Book: Feature Flags, An Introduction

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I've been working in the web development industry since 1999; and, before 2015, I'd never heard the term, "feature flag" (or "feature toggle", or "feature switch"). When my Director of Product—Christopher Andersson—pulled me aside and suggested that feature flags might help us with our company's downtime problem, I didn't know what he was talking about.

Cut to me in 2024—after 9 years of trial and error—and I can't imagine building another product or platform without feature flags. They have become a critical part of my success. I put feature flags in the same category as I do logs and metrics: the essential services upon which all product performance and stability are built.

In 2023, I published a book titled, "Feature Flags: Transform Your Product Development Workflow". This book contains everything that I've learned over the last 7 years about integrating feature flags into my product development. But, a static book can only take you so far. In an effort to make the book more interactive, I've created a series of blog posts—one per chapter—that provide a place in which the readers and I can discuss the content. You can purchase the book and / or read a preview of each chapter on the book's mini-site. Feel free to leave a question or a comment down below.

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