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Feature Flags

The GCN project uses feature flags to turn on parts of the web site that are under development. Feature flags allow us to merge new capabilities into the Git main branch without exposing them immediately to end users.

Configuration

On the production web site (https://gcn.nasa.gov), all feature flags are disabled by default.

Turn feature flags on in your local development environment by adding them to the GCN_FEATURES environment variable in your .env file. The format of this environment variable is a comma-separated list.

For example, if you set GCN_FEATURES=ANTIGRAVITY,TIME_TRAVEL,PYROKINESIS, then the features ANTIGRAVITY, TIME_TRAVEL, and PYROKINESIS are enabled.

Usage in Server Code

To customize the server-side behavior of the code, use the feature() function. For example, to make a page return a 404 Not Found error if a feature is off, add the following code:

import { feature } from '~/lib/env.server'

export function loader() {
  if (feature('PYROKINESIS')) return null
  else throw new Response(null, { status: 404 })
}

# Pyrokinesis

Fwoosh!

Usage in Client Side Code

In client-side code (Markdown documents and React components), use the useFeature() React hook to add content that is displayed conditionally if a feature flag is enabled.

import { useFeature } from '~/root'

# Superpowers

## X-ray vision

GCN can see through walls!

## Antigravity

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's GCN! {
  // Display text if the feature is ON
  useFeature('ANTIGRAVITY') && 'Now with less gravity.'
}

## Time Travel

GCN can travel through time. {
  // Display text if the feature is OFF
  useFeature('TIME_TRAVEL') || 'Time travel is coming soon.'
}

## Pyrokinesis

GCN can light things on fire with its mind! {
  // Display different text whether the feature is ON or OFF
  useFeature('PYROKINESIS') ? 'Fwoosh!' : 'Pyrokinesis is coming soon!'
}

Important: The useFeature() method above does not render Markdown that is inside the conditionally displayed text. If you need conditionally rendered Markdown, then use the <WithFeature> React component.

import { WithFeature } from '~/root'

# Superpowers

## X-ray vision

GCN can see through walls!

<WithFeature pyrokinesis>
  ## Pyrokinesis

  Fwoosh!
</WithFeature>
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