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From Nikhil Khandelwal <>
Subject RE: [DISCUSS] Old platforms support deprecation
Date Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:01:28 GMT
+1 for 6-month deprecation (or even earlier) for platforms where we have already released a
platform with Platform API. Duplicated code can be a real maintenance problem here.

For other platforms that we have not released a platform API implementation and do not plan
to e.g. WP8, WebOS, Ubuntu - we should support them for longer unless the cost is significant.


-----Original Message-----
From: Vladimir Kotikov (Akvelon) [] 
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2016 11:36 AM
Subject: RE: [DISCUSS] Old platforms support deprecation

Agree about 6 months. I suggested next Cordova major version as a deadline due to two reasons:
this definitely will be a breaking change, so we'll need for major bump anyway; also the Cordova
5.0 lives for about 8 months (since Apr 2015), so I think Cordova 6 will live for approximately
the same time.

Regarding the other platforms (WebOS, Ubuntu) - I was thinking about "soft" deprecation -
i.e. drop support only for that platforms where we have an implementation for PlatformApi
(Android, iOS, Windows, probably OSX), and leave other platforms as-is. But if everybody is
ok about total platform-specific code removal, this might be even better, because then we'll
be able to cut out a great chunk of legacy code and, probably, get rid of a number of dependencies.

Best regards, Vladimir

-----Original Message-----
From: Steven Gill []
Sent: Friday, January 22, 2016 8:39 PM
Subject: Re: [DISCUSS] Old platforms support deprecation

I think depreciation should be our usual 6 months instead of cordova 7. Who knows how fast
or slow cordova 7 will come out.

Doing this, it would mean we would drop support for the platforms that don't update to PlatformAPI.

We have already started the process for deprecating amazon-fireos and wp8.
We would need to include FFOS since I don't see anyone working on it at all. We can contact
LG about webos and see if they will update. Ubuntu might get the update by then. OSX already
has a PR for PlatformAPI changes.

I think this sounds fine. Deprecated platforms would still work with old versions of cordova.
On Jan 22, 2016 6:58 AM, "Vladimir Kotikov (Akvelon)" <> wrote:

> Hi guys.
> Starting from upcoming cordova release (6.0.0) we have PlatformApi 
> implemented and used by three major platforms (Android, iOS and Windows).
> This means that we now have a lot of code in cordova-lib which exists 
> there only for maintaining compatibility with previous platforms 
> versions.  I'd love to remove this duplicates from lib, but this means 
> that we'll lose the support for previous platforms in newer cli, and 
> hence we'd need to deprecate this support first.
> So I propose to add a deprecation message about removing support for 
> old platforms into upcoming cordova@6.0.0 and remove this support 
> totally in next major cordova version (7.0.0). The message will be 
> emitted each time when polyfill is instantiated for these platforms 
> instead of platform's Api class and might look like this:
> "The support for old platforms via PlatformApi polyfill is deprecated 
> and will be removed in next versions of cordova.
> Consider upgrading your platform to cordova-android@5.0.0 or newer."
> -
> Best regards, Vladimir.
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