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Posted February 21, 2006
Are you new to Asterisk? If you are, then this book is for you! Authors Jim Van Meggelen, Jared Smith and Leif Madsen, have written an outstanding book that is for those who are familiar with basic Linux administration, networking, and other IT disciplines. Van Meggelen, Smith and Madsen, begin by providing some background about how Asterisk is going to change the world of telecom. Then, they cover some of the engineering considerations you should have in mind when designing a telecommunications system. The authors continue by covering the obtaining, compiling and installation of Asterisk. In addition, they describe the initial configuration of Asterisk. The authors also introduce the heart of Asterisk--the dialplan. Then, the authors discuss some of the more important technologies in use in the Public Telephone Network. Next, they discuss Voice over IP. Next, the authors introduce one of the more amazing components, the Asterisk Gateway Interface. Then, they briefly cover the features and functions of Asterisk. Finally, they predict a future where open source telephony completely transforms and industry desperately in need of a revolution. This excellent book is the realization of a desire from the authors to deliver documentation which introduces the most fundamental elements of Asterisk--the things someone new to Asterisk needs to know. In other words, this book was written for, and by, the Asterisk community alone.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2005
Having no previous experience with Asterisk, I found this to be a very interesting and well-written book. Asterisk is an open-source telephony solution, allowing you great flexibility over your communication needs. This book is written for Asterisk newbies, it is not written for experienced Asterisk users. According to the preface, the authors believe that the major stumbling block for getting people to use Asterisk is the documentation. This book is designed to increase the documentation and make it easier to begin using Asterisk. I think the authors succeed admirably in this respect. This book assumes you have a basic knowledge of Linux administration, but does not assume any Asterisk experience and does a good job reviewing basic telephony concepts (e.g. you don¿t need to know what a PBX is to use this book). The authors take the reader through a simple Asterisk installation, including compilation, loading of directories, and dealing with updates. The authors continue this discussion by proceeding through an Asterisk configuration (including tips on debugging the application). Finally, there is a discussion on various Dialplan issues (which include voicemail). If that¿s all you¿re interested in reading, you¿ll have enough information to have Asterisk set up and configured. If you¿re interested in a little more information, the authors include some excellent material on telephony and VoIP. For the geek, the book includes a lot of very good documentation on the Asterisk Gateway Interface (AGI), which allows external programs to communicate with or control your Asterisk dialplan. I found this to be a very interesting book, well written, and easy to read. I would highly recommend this book if you¿re new to Asterisk.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.