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Posted By:   king_hw
Posted On:   Friday, November 29, 2002 05:45 PM

jbuilder will mark a deprecated method with a cross line for the core java api. how can i mark my object method which is deprecated?

Re: method deprecated

Posted By:   Brian_Glodde  
Posted On:   Friday, November 29, 2002 06:57 PM

Taken from http://java.sun.com/j2se/1.3/docs/guide/misc/deprecation/deprecation.html



How to Deprecate

To deprecate a class or method, use the @deprecated tag, as explained in How to Write Doc Comments for JavaDoc. The paragraph following the @deprecated tag should explain why the item has been deprecated and suggest how the user can avoid using it.


It is not necessary to deprecate individual members of a deprecated class, unless of course the programmer wants to explain some specific point about one member.


Note: Deprecation applies to classes and to individual members, not to their names. It is possible for a single method to have deprecated and non-deprecated overloadings. It is possible for a non-deprecated member to hide or override a deprecated one, which removes deprecation. It is the responsibility of the programmer to deprecate overrides of a deprecated method, if in fact they should be deprecated.


It is probably not good to specifically mention a timetable for phase-out of the deprecated API; this is a business decision that needs to be communicated other ways.


When a feature is deprecated, it is a good idea to notify the engineering organization of this fact, so that other engineers can respond to the change (pro or con) in a timely manner.

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