Code Smell 57 - Versioned Functions

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  • Readability

  • Maintainability


  1. Keep just one working version of your artifact (class, method, attribute).

  2. Leave time control to your version control system.

Sample Code



We can add automatic rules to find versioned methods with patterns.

Like many other patters we might create an internal policy and communicate.


  • Versioning


Time and code evolution management is always present in software development. Luckily nowadays we have mature tools to address this problem.



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Original idea

That's why I write, because life never works except in retrospect. You can't control life, at least you can control your version.

Chuck Palahniuk

This article is part of the CodeSmell Series.

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