Tag Archives: Software Engineering

Improving page speed: CDN vs Squid/Varnish/nginx/mod_proxy

Too few people understand the benefit of using a caching reverse proxy server to improve web page delivery speeds, and instead go straight to a CDN solution, which can be costly and complex to administer.

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Feature branches vs. feature toggles

Having recently been exposed to several presentations and articles aggressively touting the superiority of feature toggles over feature branches, I decided to examine the two techniques a little more closely.

Defining terms: feature branch and feature toggle

A feature branch is a fork in the history of a codebase allowing concurrent development of different features on different version control system (VCS) branches. A feature toggle is a conditional statement that enables or disables a particular feature. All feature development is conducted on mainline, and when features are ready to be deployed the toggle is changed to enable the feature.

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