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Amar Prakash Pandey
Amar Prakash Pandey

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Explain "binary compatibility" like I'm five

After refactoring some files, we found out that there is one unused method in code, but we cannot remove it since, We don't want to break binary compatibilty.

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Nested Software • Edited on

it's hard to answer without more context - like what programming language is involved, etc. If you're writing a library where there is a separate client component, and people may be using older versions of the client with newer versions of the library, it may be important to maintain backward compatibility. I'm not sure what the situation is here, but my impression is that it should be okay to remove the unused method.