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

RE Kushner List Account lists at darl.com
Thu May 29 18:48:11 CDT 2008

Ward Mundy wrote:
> 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.

Hear, Hear!!

Then the Digium minions bitch and moan nobody uses 1.4 on the users 
list. They don't understand how hard Asterisk is to upgrade, you 
actually have to migrate to a new server and do a cut over, then spend 
months chasing down broken stuff in the dialplan. And if you skip from 
1.2 to 1.6 you'll find some really nasty broken stuff in the dialplan 
and bewildering CLI changes.


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