--- created: 2021-12-22 aliases: tags: Software rot --- > **Software rot**, also known as **bit rot**, **code rot**, **software erosion**, **software decay**, or [software entropy](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_entropy "Software entropy") is either a slow deterioration of software quality over time or its diminishing responsiveness that will eventually lead to software becoming faulty, unusable, or in need of [upgrade](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_maintenance). --- ## References - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Software_rot - [Updating Dependencies — Syntax.fm Podcast episode](https://overcast.fm/+JaI6aeK2Y) ([[@Wes Bos]] & [[@Scott Tolinski]])