[asterisk-dev] Asterisk 1.6 Realtime Database must use ', ' not '|' in appdata field?

Ward Mundy wardmundy at gmail.com
Thu May 29 18:33:14 CDT 2008

I know I must be missing something (and I'm sure there are some folks
chomping at the bit to tell me (again) what an idiot I am) but... what does
the Asterisk project gain by continually deprecating commands and syntax.
Having read this list for months, it's fairly apparent that the basic
assumption of most of the developers is that everyone using Asterisk has a
full-time person standing by to rewrite their dialplans and scripts every
time a new version of Asterisk is released. That really is not the case in
the real world. Consultants purchase, install, and design phone systems for
large organizations to last a decade or more. Then they move on. Companies
really don't want to have to rewrite their code every 12 to 18 months much
less hire a new consultant to wade through someone else's code fixing stuff
that was broken by the Asterisk developers trying to add a little more
perfection to the puzzle. Does supporting | and , really cause that much
heartburn?? It enhances nothing!

The real beauty of Asterisk has been the flexibility it offered companies
and organizations to transparently bring their users AND their old hardware
into a new, more flexible system. Why would you want to throw all of that
away by continually breaking all of the application code that these
organizations build to support their phone systems? Suppose a hotel chain
invested hundreds of thousands of dollars building a hotel management system
in Asterisk. Do you really think they want to rewrite that code every year??
I really don't get it.
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