Realtime Updates by DevCycle: Enabling engineers to make any feature modifications appear instantly across all applications

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DevCycle’s Realtime Updates enables the ability to instantly modify features without requiring users to refresh a page or restart an application. Features can be launched, modified, or disabled instantaneously.

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"We want to give a much deeper control over features and development," said DevCycle CEO Andrew Norris. "With Realtime Updates, this gives teams complete control and confidence over every single feature in their systems."

Today, DevCycle releases Realtime Updates: A new feature that allows any toggles or modifications to features to appear instantly across applications and services using DevCycle.

DevCycle’s Realtime Updates enables the ability to instantly modify features without requiring users to refresh a page or restart an application. Features can be launched, modified, or disabled instantaneously.

Typically, all updates to a feature would require a full application update, or even a refresh to see the changes. This means that users may see outdated or completely broken features until a change is made. In the event of a major failure, developers have to deploy entirely new code to mitigate issues or ask their users to update.

With DevCycle’s Realtime Updates, everything happens in realtime, even when an application or website is open. All feature launches will happen instantly on the user’s devices. These realtime modifications also allow for a much faster development time, as there is no extra compilation needed to test out various variable values. In the event of a failure, a broken or failing feature can be turned off on the spot, mitigating issues without the need for any user updates at all.

To reiterate these common use cases:

  • Instant disaster recovery. Requiring your users to refresh a page or fully update an application when there is a failure is a poor user experience. If using DevCycle feature flags and kill switches, broken functionality can be instantly turned off for all users without them ever needing to take any action.
  • Faster QA and Development. With realtime updating, testing out different variable values doesn’t require any recompilation or refreshing of an application or website. Simply modify the variables on the DevCycle dashboard while testing a feature and view those updates happening in realtime, vastly improving on development time.
  • Modifying long-lived applications or websites. On websites or apps users have open for an extended time, such as streaming apps or a kiosk, there is never a guarantee of the next time the user will restart the app to receive new features or changes. With realtime updates, there is no more concern about when users may finally close their applications to see an update.

"We want to give a much deeper control over features and development," said DevCycle CEO Andrew Norris. "With Realtime Updates, this gives teams complete control and confidence over every single feature in their systems."

Getting started with Realtime Updates is simple. Teams simply subscribe to changes with the DevCycle SDK.

If you're looking for a feature management platform that can help you launch features faster and with less risk, look no further than DevCycle. Try our platform free for 14 days and see for yourself how easy it is to use feature flags even in scenarios you thought were previously too complex.

About DevCycle
DevCycle is the leading feature management platform trusted by companies of all sizes to improve their software development process and ship features faster with confidence. DevCycle offers Feature Flags, Edge Flags, A/B testing, Feature Opt-ins, SDKs, Realtime Updates and integrations with popular development tools like GitHub, Jira, and Slack. For more information about DevCycle visit https://devcycle.com/ and sign up for a free account.

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