RE: Terminology question: Deprecated function

Subject: RE: Terminology question: Deprecated function
From: Darren Barefoot <Darren -dot- Barefoot -at- capeclear -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 10 Oct 2001 17:38:18 +0100


In my experience, this is a common and widely-understood term among software
engineers. So, unless you're targeting your checklist of APIs to a
non-engineer audience, I would stick with this term. I know that doesn't
answer your question. So, you might want to go with "no longer supported" or
"obsolescent" or "extinct" or "defunct". DB.

In case anyone was wondering, this defintion is from FOLDOC

Said of a program or feature that is considered obsolescent and in the
process of being phased out, usually in favour of a specified replacement.
Deprecated features can, unfortunately, linger on for many years. This term
appears with distressing frequency in standards documents when the
committees writing the documents realise that large amounts of extant (and
presumably happily working) code depend on the feature(s) that have passed
out of favour.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stern, Geoff [mailto:GStern -at- NetSilicon -dot- com]
> Sent: 10 October 2001 15:06
> Subject: Terminology question: Deprecated function
> De-lurking to pose a terminology question:
> Our software engineers have been using the term "deprecated
> function" to mean a function that has been (and still is)
> fully supported but will not be supported in some future
> version (usually the next one or so).
> None of us -- engineers or writers -- likes this term,
> although it seems to be widespread usage in API documentation.
> Any suggestions for an alternative that's fairly laconic? (It
> would be nice to have something short enough to use in a kind
> of overview table or checklist of APIs.)
> Thanks.

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