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    LaunchDarkly Server-Side SDK for Node.js - DynamoDB integration


    This library provides a DynamoDB-backed persistence mechanism (feature store) for the LaunchDarkly Node.js SDK, replacing the default in-memory feature store. It uses the AWS SDK for Node.js.

    The minimum version of the LaunchDarkly Node.js SDK for use with this library is 6.2.0.

    For more information, see the SDK features guide.

    TypeScript API documentation is here.

    Quick setup

    This assumes that you have already installed the LaunchDarkly Node.js SDK.

    1. In DynamoDB, create a table which has the following schema: a partition key called "namespace" and a sort key called "key", both with a string type. The LaunchDarkly library does not create the table automatically, because it has no way of knowing what additional properties (such as permissions and throughput) you would want it to have.

    2. Install this package with npm:

       npm install launchdarkly-node-server-sdk-dynamodb --save
    3. If your application does not already have its own dependency on the aws-sdk package, and if it will not be running in AWS Lambda, add aws-sdk as well:

       npm install aws-sdk --save

      The launchdarkly-node-server-sdk-dynamodb package does not provide aws-sdk as a transitive dependency, because it is provided automatically by the Lambda runtime and this would unnecessarily increase the size of applications deployed in Lambda. Therefore, if you are not using Lambda you need to provide aws-sdk separately.

    4. Require the package:

       const { DynamoDBFeatureStore } = require('launchdarkly-node-server-sdk-dynamodb');
    5. When configuring your SDK client, add the DynamoDB feature store:

       const store = DynamoDBFeatureStore('YOUR TABLE NAME');
       const config = { featureStore: store };
       const client = LaunchDarkly.init('YOUR SDK KEY', config);

      By default, the DynamoDB client will try to get your AWS credentials and region name from environment variables and/or local configuration files, as described in the AWS SDK documentation. You can also specify any valid DynamoDB client options like this:

       const dynamoDBOptions = { accessKeyId: 'YOUR KEY', secretAccessKey: 'YOUR SECRET' };
       const store = DynamoDBFeatureStore('YOUR TABLE NAME', { clientOptions: dynamoDBOptions });

      Alternatively, if you already have a fully configured DynamoDB client object, you can tell LaunchDarkly to use that:

       const store = DynamoDBFeatureStore('YOUR TABLE NAME', { dynamoDBClient: myDynamoDBClientInstance });
    6. If you are running a LaunchDarkly Relay Proxy instance, or any other process that will prepopulate the DynamoDB table with feature flags from LaunchDarkly, you can use daemon mode, so that the SDK retrieves flag data only from DynamoDB and does not communicate directly with LaunchDarkly. This is controlled by the SDK's useLdd option:

       const config = { featureStore: store, useLdd: true };
       const client = LaunchDarkly.init('YOUR SDK KEY', config);
    7. If the same DynamoDB table is being shared by SDK clients for different LaunchDarkly environments, set the prefix option to a different short string for each one to keep the keys from colliding:

       const store = DynamoDBFeatureStore('YOUR TABLE NAME', { prefix: 'env1' });

    Caching behavior

    To reduce traffic to DynamoDB, there is an optional in-memory cache that retains the last known data for a configurable amount of time. This is on by default; to turn it off (and guarantee that the latest feature flag data will always be retrieved from DynamoDB for every flag evaluation), configure the store as follows:

        const store = DynamoDBFeatureStore('YOUR TABLE NAME', { cacheTTL: 0 });

    About LaunchDarkly

    • LaunchDarkly is a continuous delivery platform that provides feature flags as a service and allows developers to iterate quickly and safely. We allow you to easily flag your features and manage them from the LaunchDarkly dashboard. With LaunchDarkly, you can:
      • Roll out a new feature to a subset of your users (like a group of users who opt-in to a beta tester group), gathering feedback and bug reports from real-world use cases.
      • Gradually roll out a feature to an increasing percentage of users, and track the effect that the feature has on key metrics (for instance, how likely is a user to complete a purchase if they have feature A versus feature B?).
      • Turn off a feature that you realize is causing performance problems in production, without needing to re-deploy, or even restart the application with a changed configuration file.
      • Grant access to certain features based on user attributes, like payment plan (eg: users on the ‘gold’ plan get access to more features than users in the ‘silver’ plan). Disable parts of your application to facilitate maintenance, without taking everything offline.
    • LaunchDarkly provides feature flag SDKs for a wide variety of languages and technologies. Check out our documentation for a complete list.
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