Asterisk, and other worldly endeavours.

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Update: Asterisk TFoT v3 Progressing Nicely

Jim and I have been working feverishly for the past few days, and the only thing that can cure it is more cowbell! Or probably more accurately, more writing!

We’ve been making some good progress on rewriting a couple of chapters so far, and tweaking a few other ones. We’re in the process of finishing up the first drafts of the new installation chapter and the initial configuration chapter, and I’ve started work on a chapter about queues. I hope to have about 50% of the queue chapter done by the end of today.

Last night Jim and myself went out to have a pint and to talk about the book, and we both realized how much our consulting experience is going to impact the quality of the book, and the ability to better define a set of best practices. I certainly think this edition of the book will surmount the quality of the first two editions, and the entire community will benefit from it. I’m really excited about it.

Hopefully we can make some good pushes over the next couple of months and get a draft of the book done early in the new year, which should set us up for a release in the spring. It’s amazing how much work and time goes into creating books; the people who do this for a living are certainly a special kind of people.

Since our plan is to more openly develop the book and get the community more actively involved in the testing and proofreading of the book, I’ll be sure to post an update here as soon as we have something available for reading.


Written by Leif Madsen

2009/11/27 at 8:27 am

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  1. I am hoping you will include Real Time Asterisk, ODBC, clustering, high availability and integration with OpenSER, for example, and using Asterisk as content provider and leaving OpenSER to do call routing. 🙂 That would be awesome! 🙂


    2009/12/15 at 4:19 pm

    • There was some consideration on doing that (the OpenSIPS integration documentation), however, since none of the current authors have a lot of experience in implementing OpenSIPS (we’ve done implementations with it, but were not the ones creating the routing instructions), we’ve thus far decided we won’t be incorporating OpenSIPS.

      Additionally, this is a book about Asterisk implementations, and not a book about OpenSIPS + Asterisk integrations, which really, is an entirely separate topic.

      We do have the intention of more heavily covering real-time Asterisk, ODBC integration, clustering, and high-availability (whatever that means!), so most of your suggestions are already being considered and have found their way into the layout.

      Leif Madsen

      2009/12/15 at 4:30 pm

      • Awesome! 🙂 Those are the topics I/we battle in the filed every day and a good book on the topic is always appreciated! As to the high availability – I meant something like heartbeat/having two Asterisk system in hot-standby mode and such… There are implementations out there, when Managers are asking “what if” questions and are panicky about their phone infostructure going down… Life…

        As to the OpenSIPS/SER that can be an idea for a NEW book. 🙂


        2009/12/16 at 8:43 am

  2. Thank you for all this work !


    2009/12/20 at 9:46 pm

  3. If I remember correctly, there was a chapter about AGI, but nothing or little of AMI… Most of the advanced asterisk implementations I’ve done have been done via the AMI, so there could be more about that 🙂


    Fredrik Liljegren

    2010/02/05 at 7:32 am

    • There is a chapter on both AGI and AMI (they are one after the other), however in the new edition we’re looking at bulking up both of those chapters. Anything in particular you are looking for?

      Leif Madsen

      2010/02/09 at 4:53 pm

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