22 Dec 2017

Launched: LaunchDarkly Streaming Architecture for .NET

What is it?

Earlier this month we released the latest update to the .NET SDK. This update included a number of enhancements, regarding the SDKs ability to propagate feature flag updates quickly and efficiently. We added support for streaming flag updates via Server-Sent Events as an alternative to polling. HTTP-based streaming is favored over polling to reduce network traffic and propagate feature flag updates faster. This also enables users to harness the power of our relay proxy with the .NET SDK.

Why did we do this?

This update significantly improves the performance of flag updates for .NET applications and enables teams to take advantage of the latest platform features. This release may also be used in conjunction with the LaunchDarkly Relay Proxy.

What does it mean for LaunchDarkly users like me?

Upgrading will not require any code changes, and the streaming strategy will be used by default. Once your code is up and running with the latest version of the .NET SDK, you’ll immediately receive the benefits, including faster feature flag updates, and less outbound network traffic. Documentation for advanced configuration options can be found here.

But I have a lot going on—what does this really mean for an enterprise customer like me?

If you’re a heavy LaunchDarkly user, with hundreds, or even thousands of SDK instances out in the wild, the changes made in the newest update will be even more beneficial. Streaming architecture unlocks relay proxy support for .NET users. With the .NET SDK set up in proxy mode, your servers can connect directly to hosts within your own datacenter instead of retrieving flag updates from LaunchDarkly’s API individually.

What should I be doing to prepare for this change? (Best practices on making the update.)

Upgrading to the most recent version is as simple as changing the dependency version of “LaunchDarkly.Client” to the most recent version in your project files and package configurations. If you’re using Visual Studio, this can be done through the NuGet package manager UI. Otherwise, the NuGet command-line interface may be used. See Microsoft’s docs for complete instructions.

As of 12/21/17, the most recent version is 3.4.0.

Is there anything else I should know?

Yes! We have more in store for our .NET SDK, including:

  • Improved performance and memory usage when storing feature flags
  • Improved logging
  • Lighter use of dependencies
  • Support for caching flag configurations via redis

What if I have questions, who can I talk to?

Reach out to the LaunchDarkly support team directly by submitting a request here.

15 Apr 2016

DevOps + Feature Flags + Microsoft Build = Magic!

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When Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services approached us about being a DevOps partner and presenting at their DevOps Keynote, I had a fair amount of skepticism and doubt. Was this the right audience for us? We’re a San Francisco startup making a continuous delivery platform, not a C# vendor. However, what we do – reduce risk for software teams – is universally applicable to anyone who makes software, and the partnership was an opportunity to reach new audiences. I’m glad that we are now a Microsoft Partner and participated at Microsoft Build – and here’s why. Continue reading “DevOps + Feature Flags + Microsoft Build = Magic!” »

02 Sep 2015

Launched: .NET support

LaunchDarkly now supports .NET!

We’ve just released the first supported version of our .NET SDK. Like all our other SDKs (we support Ruby, Python, Node.js, Java, Go, and more), it’s open source— check out the code on GitHub. We’ve also published a brand new .NET reference guide to help you dig in and integrate LaunchDarkly into your .NET application today.

Happy launching!


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