Deprecate: a definition

Dictionary.com’s “Word of the Day” for the 8th:

deprecate DEP-rih-kayt, transitive verb:
1. [Archaic] To pray against, as an evil; to seek to avert by prayer.

It brings to mind the times I’ve deprecated code with that thought: “Dear God, please, stop anyone from using this.”

I have since learnt that the only way to stop people using deprecated code is to provide an alternative and remove it completely. God helps those who help themselves.

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2 Responses to Deprecate: a definition

  1. anonymous says:

    …I quite like Simon Stewart’s trick of renaming a method that should not be called to something like onlyYourMomThinksYouAreSpecialIfYouUseThis().

    Worked at least on a couple of projects so far! 🙂

  2. sirenian says:

    I like “EvilThingummyService” too. 🙂

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