[OT] Dear Google Cloud: Your Deprecation Policy is Killing You
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Tue Aug 18 22:17:36 UTC 2020
On 8/16/20 6:03 PM, jmh530 wrote:
> Ran across this via reddit yesterday and thought people here might find
> it interesting.
cc Walter, Atila
This article is very illustrative on how we could approach deprecation.
We have been closer to Google's approach than Emacs' or Java's.
I've suggested this coyly for years - coyly because it seemed so unclean
and compromise-y: we should deprecate "psychologically", by keeping
things but using (natural) language and UX techniques to deemphasize the
deprecated libraries and (programming) language features. Use gray text,
smaller, italicized, slightly more difficult to read. Put it one extra
click away. Start those sections with a RED YELLING warning. Emphasize
disadvantages and point to better approaches. Over time, even remove
documentation for deprecated features but leave them in. And so on.
Emacs and Java have shown that this works.
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