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Feature flags revisited

Feature flags have always made me feel ambivalent. On one hand, I can relate to the need for having a mechanism to easily enable or disable particular features, while on the other hand, being a software engineer I pretty much loathe this concept, since feature flags make your code ugly more often than not. Especially if such a flag is left in place even after its corresponding feature has become fully operational, eliminating any practical need to be turned off on demand.

Cliché ahead in 3,2,1: not everything in life is black and white, and sometimes, even in the face of feature flags, we can still, well, save face.