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Kill switches

Flags can be used to instantly turn off features or services that are on by default, often as a contingency plan.

SaaS outages are a great example. If a Saas provider's functionality is gated with a killswitch in your code and the provider suffers an outage, you can immediately turn on the killswitch and gracefully degrade your experience instead of hard erroring.

Create a kill switch

Give the killswitch a descriptive name and key. The switch only needs one variation to determine if it's on. Below we've named that variation on:

Killswitch 1

After creation, the switch can be embedded in your code as is, with the default status being off. Since the switch is all or nothing, no allocation is required:

Killswitch 2

Use the kill switch in your code

Here's how you would use the switch in your code:

# The argument user_id is required but doesn't affect assignment in this case.

if (eppoClient.getStringAssignment(user_id, 'twilio-killswitch') == 'on'):
# Code to gracefully handle a Twilio outage.
else:
# Normal Twilio code.