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Reduce tangled code branches with trunk-based development

Trunk-based development reduces cycle time, speeding up the journey from code to customer.

Feature flags are a key ingredient in trunk-based development, freeing development teams to merge directly to master and avoid the complexity of long-lived feature branches.

What is trunk-based development?

Trunk-based development helps teams move faster by integrating changes continually. Merging every change to the trunk (aka main branch) means the code base is always ready to release, a core tenet of continuous delivery

Trunk-based development avoids the “merge hell” caused by long-lived branches, where each branch can cause merge conflicts and additional QA time.

Trunk-based development case studies

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Adopting trunk-based development with feature flags

Feature flags are a requirement to succeed at trunk-based development in larger teams. The only way to ensure that a shared branch is always releasable is to hide unfinished features behind flags that are turned off by default.

Developers can build a new feature by turning the flag off and deploying to master at any time, preventing merge conflicts before a new feature is completed.

Split makes trunk-based development seamless with feature flags to keep code dormant and built-in alerting to warn you when newly released code should be turned off.

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Eliminate your feature branches

Feature flags free you to merge immediately without the worry of code dependencies and team coordination.