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I attended Astricon for the first time this year. Getting some facetime with the Asterisk developers was great and I'm a lot more comfortable with what I'll need to do to get some of my changes upstream. Now for some highlights.
- Asterisk Architecture (part of the Introduction to Asterisk Development block) by David Vossel. While the presentation rehashed a lot of the information in the Asterisk chapter of The Architecture of Open Source Applications, the presentation made Asterisk development feel much more approachable.
- Asterisk Webphone by Chris Mattheiu. Very impressive minimal softphone in a browser. Fun to watch someone daring enough to write code live during a presentation. The only downside was that the web phone requires a proprietary Jingle to SIP gateway.
- IPv6 -- the (Only) Way Forward by Owen DeLong. No nonsense presentation about what it takes to start using IPv6. I appreciated the candor about what works and what doesn't. Especially enjoyable was the VOIP vendor wall of shame.
- Clustering and Scaling Asterisk with Kamailio by Klaus Darilion. Using a proxy in front of Asterisk is a complex subject and Klaus did a great job distilling the details into a great look at what's possible. I use OpenSIPS for a similar purpose and picked up a few config items I can simplify.
- Cooking with Asterisk by Leif Madsen. Solid examples of neat things you can do in the dialplan. The example using Originate and chan_spy to playback a recorded message to one side of the call was impressive.
Stuff I Want to Try Now
- Adhearsion - Advanced Asterisk call control in Ruby
- StarPy - AGI and AMI interface for Twisted
- CMU Sphinx and PocketSphinx - Voice recognition
- Tropo - Voice, SMS, and XMPP API
The Fun Stuff
- Overheard some "creative" methods to deal with users that want to fax during a discussion about fax support on Asterisk SCF.
- Watching Clod Patry win all the tickets in one of the arcade games at the party.
- Best Business Card: TechPro used cleaning cloths for glasses as business cards. Especially useful with all the snow and water I got on my classes on the way to the conference.