Feature flags are a software development process that allows you to enable or disable features in your application without modifying code or performing a deployment. In this article, we’ll discuss eight reasons why you should be using feature flags in your front-end application.
A new feature can always have unexpected complications that you only notice once it’s live in production. When you realize that something has gone wrong, you should disable the feature as fast as possible to stop negatively impacting your users.
If you’re using feature flags, you can quickly disable the problematic feature with just a few clicks. Anyone on your team can modify the feature flag, making it easier and faster to resolve the problem.
Additionally, using feature flags will make it easier to diagnose and fix the problem. You can enable the feature in your non-production environments for testing. You can also enable the feature in production just for yourself to test in production without negatively impacting your users.
If something goes wrong with a new feature, you’ll be happy that you can use a feature flag as a kill switch instead of scrambling to fix the problem with a code change and deploy.