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While coding WP I just wondered about this simple fact:

get_usermeta() is deprecated since version 3.0. The warning suggests me to use get_user_meta(). Even the parameters are pretty similar, I wonder why the deprecated function is not making use of the new function as well.

Isn't that a sign that the new function does not really does what the deprecated did?

I'm wondering because I need to replace deprecated calls and wonder a bit.

What makes me even wondering more is the simple fact that get_user_meta() is quite an alias of the 2.9 function get_metadata() with only a constant value'ed parameter 'user' given.

Help ;)

Edit: A counter-example is clean_url() - it's deprecated, the error message shows what this is about and the deprecated function aliases the new one: esc_url(), so it's clear what to do.

  • I don't think there's a hard-and-fast answer to this but it's an interesting question. – editor Feb 9 '11 at 22:16
  • Yeah I am as well puzzled as curious at once. – hakre Feb 9 '11 at 22:19
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Indeed, get_usermeta() behaves differently from get_user_meta() and all the other get_*_meta() functions. That's why it was deprecated.

Unfortunately, the subtle differences couldn't be explained properly in a deprecation notice.

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    But probably you can here? – hakre Feb 10 '11 at 1:26
  • Comparing new and old version sources is always an option as well ... . – hakre Jul 4 '11 at 21:14

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