Latest 1.0.4
Homepage https://github.com/andybons/ABVariants
License MIT
Platforms ios 6.0, osx 10.8, requires ARC
Frameworks Foundation
Authors

Variants Build Status

Experiments/Mods system for iOS and OS X

Can be used for:

  • A/B testing
  • Experimental features
  • Trusted tester groups
  • Gradual feature rollouts

This README details the Cocoa implementation of Variants. For general background, see the general README.

Detailed Design

Flag and Variant definitions can be defined in a JSON file that can be loaded by an ABRegistry object that manages the sanity and evaluation of each condition.

Example

{
  "flag_defs": [
    {
      "flag": "ab_test",
      "base_value": false
    }
  ],
  "variants": [
    {
      "id": "FeatureABTest",
      "conditions": [
        {
          "type": "RANDOM",
          "value": 0.5
        }
      ],
      "mods": [
        {
          "flag": "ab_test",
          "value": true
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

In the above example, a flag called "ab_test" is defined, and behavior surrounding how that flag will be evaluated is defined by the variant definition below it. If the condition defined by the variant is met, then the associated mods will be realized (the flag "ab_test" will evaluate to true). The variant is using the built-in RANDOM condition type that will evaluate its result by checking whether a random number between 0.0 and 1.0 is less than or equal to the given value (0.5 in this case). So, in practice, a call to [registry flagValueWithName:@"ab_test"] will return an NSNumber with a boolValue of YES 50% of the time.

But say you don’t want to use the built-in condition types…

Another example

{
  "flag_defs": [
    {
      "flag": "enable_new_hotness_feature",
      "base_value": false
    }
  ],
  "variants": [
    {
      "id": "EnableNewHotnessFeature",
      "conditions": [
        {
          "type": "CUSTOM",
          "values": [
            "andybons",
            "pupius",
            "guitardave24"
          ]
        }
      ],
      "mods": [
        {
          "flag": "enable_new_hotness_feature",
          "value": true
        }
      ]
    }
  ]
}

Now, there is no built-in condition type called CUSTOM, so when the above config is loaded, the passed NSError will be populated. We need to define how a CUSTOM condition should be evaluated before the above config is loaded.

[self.registry registerConditionTypeWithID:@"CUSTOM"
    specBlock:^ABConditionEvaluator(id<NSCopying> value) {
        return ^BOOL(id<NSCopying> context) {
            return [((NSDictionary *)context)[@"password"] isEqualToString:(NSString *)value];
        };
    } error:&error];

The above code evaluates the CUSTOM condition by checking to see if the value of the "username" key in the passed in context object is present in the values passed when the variant is constructed. Here are a couple examples of getting the flag value:

NSNumber hasAccess = [[ABRegistry defaultRegistry] flagValueWithName:@"enable_new_hotness_feature"
                                                             context:@{@"username": @"andybons"}];
// hasAccess.boolValue == YES

NSNumber hasAccess = [[ABRegistry defaultRegistry] flagValueWithName:@"enable_new_hotness_feature"
                                                             context:@{@"username": @"tessr"}];
// hasAccess.boolValue == NO

Take a look at the unit tests for a working example.

Using Variants

CocoaPods

pod install Variants

Import

#import <Variants/Variants.h>

Author

Andrew Bonventre

Variants was originally created by David Byttow for Medium

Latest podspec

{
    "name": "Variants",
    "version": "1.0.4",
    "license": {
        "type": "MIT",
        "file": "LICENSE"
    },
    "summary": "Experiments/Mods system for iOS and OS X",
    "homepage": "https://github.com/andybons/ABVariants",
    "authors": {
        "Andrew Bonventre": "[email protected]"
    },
    "source": {
        "git": "https://github.com/andybons/ABVariants.git",
        "tag": "1.0.4"
    },
    "requires_arc": true,
    "platforms": {
        "ios": "6.0",
        "osx": "10.8"
    },
    "source_files": "ABVariants/*.{h,m}",
    "frameworks": "Foundation"
}

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