December 11, 2017 brianradio2016

Feature toggling is a nice concept that facilitates trunk-based development. You can use feature toggles (also known as feature switches, feature flags, and feature flippers) to test a new feature in the main branch even before it is ready for release. Feature flags have many other uses as well, such as hiding advanced features from users of a free or basic version of an application. 

Feature toggles allow you to keep your production-ready code base and your development code base more closely in sync. Depending on the dynamicity and durability of a feature, you can draw on different kinds of toggles such as release toggles, experimental toggles, permissioning toggles, and ops toggles, to name a few.

This article presents an overview of feature toggling and how we can adopt this technique to manage features in our applications without having to manage and maintain and (even more daunting) eventually merge multiple source code branches.

Feature toggle libraries for .Net

Implementing feature toggling isn’t difficult. There are many feature toggle libraries in .Net to choose from including NFeature, nToggle, FeatureToggle, and FeatureSwitcher. Of these, I prefer using the open source FeatureToggle library written by Jason Roberts. FeatureToggle is simple, easy to use, and extensible. You can take advantage of this library to implement standard or custom feature toggling in your application with ease. Note that you can use FeatureToggle with .Net Core applications as well.

December 11, 2017 brianradio2016

The first-ever bitcoin future jumped after it began trading Sunday as the increasingly popular virtual currency made its debut on a major US exchange. The futures contract that expires in January surged more than $3,000 to $18,010 four hours after trading launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange,…

December 11, 2017 brianradio2016

Though Blue Apron isn’t a tech company, its stock got “shellacked,” as we put it in August, “on the idea that Amazon will copy the [meal-kit delivery] model and do it better.” Originally offered at $10 a share, Blue Apron’s stock fell to about $3 at one point in December, though Barclays, one of the bulls on Snap Inc., proffered that a “stabilization point” might have been reached.

December 9, 2017 brianradio2016

Smartphones are supercomputers.

Or, at least, they’re significantly more powerful than supercomputers were ten years ago. And way more powerful than desktops were five years ago.

Smartphones also offer killer benefits that laptops don’t — namely, longer battery life and biometric security.

So why are we still using laptops?

December 8, 2017 brianradio2016


Apple is close to acquiring Britain-based Shazam, the app that allows users to identify music and movies, according to TechCrunch, Bloomberg,and Recode.

The deal for Shazam is reportedly worth as much as $400 million and could be announced as soon as Monday. It’s not immediately clear how Apple intends to incorporate Shazam’s technology and team into its current product offerings.

Neither company has confirmed talks. We have reached out to Apple and Shazam, and will update you if we learn more.

Shazam lets users identify a song they’re listening to by matching it to the songs in its database. Launched in 2008, Shazam is used more than 20 million times a day. Presumably, Shazam’s functionality could gel well with Apple Music and its fight against Spotify.

Earlier this week, Apple acquired podcast search engine Pop Up Archive for an undisclosed sum.

December 8, 2017 brianradio2016

Apple’s design guru Jony Ive is back to managing the design team, after taking a two-year hiatus from day-to-day operations to work on the company’s “next big product” as chief design officer.

“With the completion of Apple Park, Apple’s design leaders and teams are again reporting directly to Jony Ive, who remains focused purely on design,” an Apple spokeswoman told Bloomberg.

In 2015, Ive stepped away from his role of an Apple senior vice president where he oversaw hardware, software UI, and retail store design. Apple dubbed it a promotion, and presumably Ive was turning his attention to design Apple Park and iPhone X.

Apple’s bio for Ive now states: “Jony is responsible for all design at Apple, including the look and feel of Apple hardware, user interface, packaging, major architectural projects such as Apple Park and Apple’s retail stores, as well as new ideas and future initiatives.”

We have reached out to Apple to learn more about Ive’s new position change.

On Friday, Apple also updated its leadership page to include the removal of Richard Howarth who was VP of industrial design. Howarth took part of Ive’s day-to-day roles in the 2015 change.

General counsel Bruce Sewell and VP of inclusion and diversity Denise Young Smith were also removed as part of previously announced changes.

December 8, 2017 brianradio2016

A suburban New York City woman has sued a doctor, claiming he used his cellphone to take a language test while operating on her, per the AP . The Journal News reports 70-year-old Mary Edwards of Port Chester filed a lawsuit Monday in state Supreme Court against Dr. Eric Fishman and…