The Deprecation Working Group focuses primarily on managing deprecation processes. Our primary goal is to get duplicate/unsupported/useless code removed from the platform.
Consider this report as a compilation of what we’ve done over the past year, what we’re looking at doing in the next 6 months, and a wider vision of the group’s future beyond that.
Over the past year, our major accomplishments were:
EdxRestApiClient replacement happened, so we are no longer dependent on the Slumber library, which has not been supported for a few years now.
Removed old UI pages that have been replaced by MFEs from edx-platform. These UIs were not very well supported and were difficult to continue to maintain.
Further, we’ve made significant progress on the following initiatives:
Removal of Old (Draft) Mongo Modulestore. We have too many modulestores for course content on our system. We are closer to getting rid of one of them.
Ripping out pavelib from edx-platform. This is a fairly slow, fairly clunky system we used to run various important commands in edx-platform (like installing requirements, updating assets, running tests). Many of these have been replicated in Makefiles/shell scripts/something else, and we are going to try to rip out this dependency entirely.
We continue to engage in a set of ongoing tasks; these tasks are work we need to be sure we’re doing on a regular basis, but we don’t want to lose sight of their importance. Those tasks are:
We review the Deprecation Board and work to move things all the way to ‘fully removed’.
We review the deprecation processes and OEP to ensure that the process is as smooth and as easy as it possibly can be.
Concrete Plans - Next 6 Months
Over the next six months, the deprecation working group has some really exciting work queued up. Our primary goals are to work on the following tasks and projects:
Continuing work on UI deprecation for non-MFE UIs.
Deprecating the edx-sphinx-theme and using the new theme across our documentation.
If applicable: Links to roadmaps/GitHub projects/important wiki pages/etc
Deep Dive: Accomplishment/In-progress Initiative/Ongoing Task/Concrete Plan
Old Mongo Deprecation
All student and instructor access to Old Mongo courses has been removed.
Old Mongo will now be a read-only Modulestore that only supports returning the root CourseBlock (so we don’t break CourseOverviews).
Removing static asset support is blocked on certificates (which stores signatures there). We’re working on migrating this out.