Deprecated, Discontinued, and Changed Defined for DB2

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With each new release of DB2, there is a list of three different categories of old functionality that is somehow different in the new version. The use of these terms can be confusing if you don’t look at them every day.

Discontinued

Discontinued means that a feature or function is no longer available. If you try to use it, it will not work – an error message will be returned.

Deprecated

Deprecated means that a feature or function is no longer being improved by IBM. The feature or function is still available and will likely still work like it did in previous versions, but deprecated also means that IBM is likely to remove this feature or function in the future and you may want to stop using it. How long is a feature or function deprecated before it is fully discontinued? It is highly variable. For some, it seems to be a single version while others it can be many versions.

Changed

A function or feature can also be changed – meaning that the outcome, syntax, or options are not the same as they were in previous versions. This can be as simple as an additional option on a command or can be more significantly different.

Finding What Falls into These Three Categories

For DB2 10.5, the best page in the IBM DB2 Knowledge center to find all of this information is the What’s Changed page. From this page, you can drill down to the individual items that fall into each of the three categories above.

Lead Db2 Database Engineer and Service Delivery Manager , XTIVIA
Ember is always curious and thrives on change. Working in IT provides a lot of that change, but after 17 years developing a top-level expertise on Db2 for mid-range servers and more than 7 years blogging about it, Ember is hungry for new challenges and looks to expand her skill set to the Data Engineering role for Data Science. With in-depth SQL and RDBMS knowledge, Ember shares both posts about her core skill set and her journey into Data Science. Ember lives in Denver and work from home for XTIVIA, leading a team of Db2 DBAs.

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