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Just another quick update on the progress of the 3rd edition of the Asterisk book. It’s been a bit slow coming, but Jim and I have renewed vigor and vigilance to be productive and get things done. Since the last update, there was a period of time where nothing got done unfortunately. We did get a lot done in the week off I took to focus on the book (I think we ended up writing about 2-3 new chapters, and updated a lot of the old ones), but then of course work got in the way.
This has really been the problem the whole time, or else we’d be working on the 4th edition at this point. So instead of dreaming about having more time to work on the book, and for that time to be allocated all chaotic and patchy, we’ve come up with a new method. Each morning we’re getting together for an hour between 8am and 9am where the amount of distractions is low, and the amount of energy is high. This way, we can get in a good 5 hours each week on the book, plus any additional time either of us is able to work on it separately.
It may not be the quickest way to get a book done, but we both have worked well in the past together on the other two editions and have always gotten lots accomplished, so we’re going to try this method out for a couple months and see how it goes. After a week of using it and not missing any time we’ve already gotten through 3 chapters of review and additional content. The method seems to be working, and is giving us some renewed energy to keep plugging away, hoping to have the book ready to launch along with Asterisk 1.8.0.
More information to come in the coming months.
I have vowed to try and write at least ONE article per week on my blog, even if it is quite short. I’m not sure I will be able to get to write an article this week due to some pressing consulting issues, but I’m still gonna try. If anything, I’m going to cheat and say this is my post for *this* week. How about I make a rule that says I can only cheat once per month? 🙂
I wanted to let you know I have a couple of articles lined up for later this week and next week. They will deal with Asterisk Queue()’s as that is the area I have been spending the most time lately. They include:
- Moving from the deprecated AgentCallbackLogin() application to a dialplan based solution
- A series of articles (4-5 articles) on building a single system, hot-desking Agent queue system
- The first draft of a complete re-write of chapter 3 of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony
The first bullet point is an issue I have been seeing on IRC and other forums for about 2 years, and which I want to solve by providing the necessary documentation on how to move from using AgentCallbackLogin() to a dialplan based solution as is the preferred method. I will create a dialplan subroutine which will hopefully make it easy to replace the calls to AgentCallbackLogin() with a GoSub().
The second bullet point is something I’m very excited about. I recently build a hot-desking solution for a client, and while building it was able to keep it quite general and didn’t need to add anything that wouldn’t be useful for the general population. I have received permission from the client (who will remain nameless for now) to utilize the configuration files I built for them in a series of articles detailing how to build the system from scratch. It is a win-win situation because you get to learn how I built the system, and they get some additional documentation on how the system works, and why things were built the way they were.
The third bullet point is a good deal amount of work, which is really just the start of a greater amount of work; the updating of Asterisk: The Future of Telephony, 2nd Edition, to a 3rd edition that covers the 1.6 series of Asterisk. I have recently gotten enough exposure to working with Asterisk 1.6 releases that I’m confident in being able to start on this grandiose project. I plan on using this blog as a test bed for some draft work.
So stay tuned for some exciting articles over the coming 2-3 weeks!