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Recently Jim Van Meggelen, Russell Bryant and myself released the 3rd edition of the Asterisk book published by O’Reilly Media titled ‘Asterisk: The Definitive Guide‘.
We have released this book under a Creative Commons license in the spirit of Open Source software. It is available in its entirety at http://ofps.oreilly.com/titles/9780596517342/ and for purchase through Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Asterisk-Definitive-Guide-Leif-Madsen/dp/0596517343/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1303765969&sr=8-1
If you have a chance to review the book, and feel it is a useful and well written resource, we would appreciate your favorable review on Amazon.com. One of the biggest factors in sales is favorable reviews, and with better sales comes the ability to dedicate more time to writing books like this one (which are typically written in our “free time”).
Any comments, suggestions, or constructive criticisms are always welcome.
Just a quick update that the Asterisk Cookbook is complete! We’ll be releasing it under a Creative Commons license (just like Asterisk: The Definitive Guide) again. It’ll be a 24 recipe e-book right now, with it growing over time and eventually becoming a full print edition once the size warrants it. Of course if you purchase now you help spur on additional incentive to continue making it larger. I’ve been told that you also continue to receive updates automatically as the book grows and corrections are made (which sounds pretty cool!).
More information about the book is here: http://oreilly.com/catalog/0636920018551
In case you missed it, Russell Bryant wrote a blog post on debugging the Asterisk dialplan with the Verbose() application. This is one of the recipes that will be features in the upcoming Asterisk Cookbook that we’re writing, and hoping to have done by the end of March!
(In case you’ve missed all the cool stuff lately, the Asterisk Cookbook will also be released under the same Creative Commons license as the previous Asterisk books. We’re also making use of the Open Feedback Publishing System (OFPS) again. You can help review the text and test the recipes at http://ofps.oreilly.com/titles/9781449303822/.)
After finishing the first draft of Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (3rd Edition), I’ve been a bit antsy with wanting to do some more writing. After about a week of a break (i.e. sleeping in past 7am for the first time in nearly a year), Russell Bryant and I have decided to team up on delivering the long awaited Asterisk Cookbook.
To start off with, we’ll be writing a short, 80-100 page eBook that will be distributed by O’Reilly in all the formats they support (http://oreilly.com/ebooks/). The book is scheduled to have about 25 recipes, and should be written in the next 30-40 days, which would mean it should be available shortly after Asterisk: The Definitive Guide is released (which means you can bundle them together! :)).
We just finished the outline this morning and sent it off to our editor Mike Loukides. Unless O’Reilly is already booked up (pun intended?) for the next few months with production and other books, we should be starting work on this as early as next week. If all goes well after we’re done the eBook, we’ll continue expanding it with the goal of eventually releasing it as a print edition.
As a side note, we’re still accepting reviews from people for Asterisk: The Definitive Guide. We have to return all edits and changes to O’Reilly no later than February 14th, so that means you still have a couple of weeks to get some reviews and testing done! If you could make sure you have your reviews done before February 11, 2011 that would help us out tremendously as we’ll be working on getting all the edits we need done in an email to O’Reilly by Monday, February 14th. You can help out at http://ofps.oreilly.com/titles/9780596517342/.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed thus far!
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.