[Asterisk-Dev] Re: Asterisk Book Reviewer

Andy Powell andy at beagles-den.demon.co.uk
Sat Jul 24 06:16:44 MST 2004

On 16/07/2004 at 12:04 Tilghman Lesher wrote:

>On Friday 16 July 2004 08:30, Louay Fatoohi wrote:
>> Packt Publishing is in the process of developing a book about Asterisk,
>> we are looking for experienced users of Asterisk to act as technical
>> reviewers. I have seen some of your posts to the Asterisk user mailing
>> and I am therefore writing to ask if you would be interested in becoming
>> technical reviewer for the book. If you are interested in this project,
>> please let me know and I will give you more information.
>I won't do work for Packt Publishing.

Louay had also contacted me, some time ago, and although I did find the above links too when searching for references, it didn't affect my decision much at all. My decision not to proceed, as I explained to Louay at the time (2003), was that asterisk was in a constant state of flux so any book would have been out of date before it was published. Mark has already made the 2 "current" books out of date with changes to CVS. The only time it makes sense to me to write a book is at version 1.0, where at least you have something that's static to base it on. 

I would comment, however,  that making the books out of date before they are delivered is not a particularly sensible decision (again imho) since asterisk seriously lacks documentation. Anything that helps that situation should be embraced and dare I say used and abused to futher the cause.


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