A program element annotated
is one that programmers are discouraged from using. An element may be deprecated for any of several reasons, for example, its usage is likely to lead to errors; it may be changed incompatibly or removed in a future version; it has been superseded by a newer, usually preferable alternative; or it is obsolete.
Compilers issue warnings when a deprecated program element is used or overridden in non-deprecated code. Use of the
@Deprecated annotation on a local variable declaration or on a parameter declaration or a package declaration has no effect on the warnings issued by a compiler.
When a module is deprecated, the use of that module in
requires , but not in
opens clauses causes a warning to be issued. A module being deprecated does not cause warnings to be issued for uses of types within the module.
This annotation type has a string-valued element
since. The value of this element indicates the version in which the annotated program element was first deprecated.
This annotation type has a boolean-valued element
forRemoval. A value of
true indicates intent to remove the annotated program element in a future version. A value of
false indicates that use of the annotated program element is discouraged, but at the time the program element was annotated, there was no specific intent to remove it.