I am not sure, whether removing the deprecations (and the warnings) was such a good step. I understand it, but for new users it is quite a problem.
I have been in a similar situation: I started a new project and used 1.0 for it, because there was no prior code I had to use. Ultimately, I want to only use 1.0. Unfortunately, I tried to use
linspace, which obviously did not work. However, I could not find any documentation about deprecated commands and which alternatives to use. In the end, I had to use version 0.7 just to find out what to do about the linspace-command. This provided the answer to use
range. No big deal, but it tooke me quite a while to figure that out.
Currently, the main problem for new users is that most of the tutorials and examples on the internet are still pre-0.7 code. Accordingly, also new users need to use 0.7, instead of 1.0, to remove deprecations from these examples themselves. This is not really intuitive to figure out and can easily frustrate potential new users.
I understand the need to deprecate code or change syntax at some point. But for me a combination of 0.7 and 1.0 behaviour would have been optimal:
I would have liked to have the deprecation warnings in version 1.0 as well. I don’t want deprecated code to be running in this version, just get the warnings/solutions that are provided by version 0.7. This way, I would immediately be able to transition to the new code, whithout having to always switch back to 0.7 just to get the deprecation warning. New users would also know what to do with their outdated tutorials and examples. Last, but not least, this step could also “force” long-term users to transition their code.
Just as an idea: The code-base for the warnings is obviously present in version 0.7. Wouldn’t it be possible to include the warnings in version 1.0.2? (Most likely not, but I don’t know how much work it would be or whether or not it would be possible at all.)
Furthermore, it would be really helpful to have a synoptical overview about deprecated code and the alternatives to use at a prominent position. I know that there is a list of deprecated commands somewhere out there, I just cannot find it any more (maybe somebody can post the link). And as far as I remember, the list did not include the new commands.