[Python-Dev] deprecating string module?
Wed, 29 May 2002 10:45:09 -0400
Guido van Rossum wrote:
> Maybe we need a new concept, "silent deprecation"? We would do we
> could to discourage the use of modules (like types or string) in the
> documentation, maybe even removing their documentation altogether, but
> the interpreter would not issue a warning message.
I think explicit is better than implicit. The docs should state
that the feature is in the process of being deprecated.
First quietly, then loudly, then removed.
I would also like to see approximate dates for the schedule.
Otherwise, I fear people will say, I saw the message for 2 years,
I figured it was safe. The message could be something like:
XXX is deprecated and will issue a warning after D/D/D.
XXX is deprecated and will be removed after D/D/D.
The date could be a version too. Doesn't much matter to me.
This approach gives more insight into the general direction
of the language also, so I think it's a very good idea (+1).