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Tech Defined: Deprecation

In this ever-changing world of technology there are acronyms, terms, phrases and symbols that pop up constantly and, unfortunately, not many people know what they mean (you know the term, “…know enough to be dangerous”)

So with that in mind, I’ve decided to start an interesting new segment here on THE Tech Scoop where we’ll be defining all those TLAs (three letter acronyms) and fancy phrases.

For starters, since I spend a ton of time in WordPress code, I thought I’d begin the series with one that is frequently mentioned due to backwards compatibility conversations with legacy plugins, themes, and the core code itself

Tech Defined: Deprecation

In computer software or authoring programs standards and documentation, the term deprecation is applied to software features that are superseded and should be avoided. Although deprecated features remain in the current version, their use may raise warning messages recommending alternate practices, and deprecation may indicate that the feature will be removed in the future. Features are deprecated—rather than being removed—in order to provide backward compatibility and give programmers who have used the feature time to bring their code into compliance with the new standard.

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