Last Updated: November 30, 2021
To keep the Front platform healthy, we sometimes remove routes from the Core API or fields from the bodies returned (or sent) by Front via the API/webhooks. There can be many reasons why we make changes to the Front Developer Platform, including that:
- They are superseded by newer fields or APIs.
- They are updated to reflect product deprecations or necessary performance changes.
To mitigate issues ahead of time, we give developers advanced notice to make any necessary changes. Front currently has a process for deprecations which is essentially:
- Announce the change in a new post on the Changelog marked “Deprecated”. The post will include a summary of the change, reasoning, migration paths, and an estimated end-of-life (EOL) date. Developers should stop using the field and plan for any workarounds.
- Directly notify known consumers of affected APIs in the last 30 days to Front’s best effort.
- We may send follow up notifications depending on time from the EOL date.
- Update documentation to reflect field/route deprecated status.
- Example: Deprecated fields are removed from documentation and impacted route documentation is updated to signal that the response may include deprecated fields.
- After the EOL date, publish a new post on the changelog marked “Removed” indicating the rollout strategy. Developers relying on the field should expect things to break.
- Example: Field will be progressively removed from some percentage of requests. The percentage will increase over some time scale until it is fully removed.
- Wait, monitor, and fully roll out based on the documented rollout strategy.
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