Yes, it’s true – all 4 of them will be at AstriCon 2012

By David Duffett

I am delighted to confirm the rumours that all four authors of ‘Asterisk: The Definitve Guide’ (O’Reilly Media, formerly known as ‘Asterisk: The Future of Telephony’) will be at AstriCon – which is later this month in Atlanta, GA.
We have confirmed today that Jared Smith, Leif Madsen, Jim Van Meggelen and Russell Bryant will be joining the fun and frolics at the only ‘must attend’ Asterisk event of the year.
Jared, Leif and Jim wrote the original book, and then when Jared moved on to head up the Fedora Project, Russell joined the team to update, improve and revise the book to cover Asterisk 1.8 under the new title.
If you have a copy of the book that you would like signed by the authors, or if you just want to hang out with the dudes that literally wrote the book, then you need to get to AstriCon – so if you have not already obtained your pass, go do it now.
In addition to the four authors of the book, a guy called Mark Spencer (who is in some way connected with the book) will be at AstriCon too 🙂 If you ask him nicely, he’ll sign your book to add that extra something…
Even the mystery guy that contributed Chapter 9 of the new book is going to be there and, if you can work out who he is, you may be able to get him to initial that part of the book, so you’ll pretty much have the set.
Also confirmed today, the lovely Allison Smith (THE voice of Asterisk) will be on hand. She’s actually delivering a presentation with Matt Florell (one of the foremost beards in the world of Asterisk) in addition to doing a little MC work and, of course, presenting the prizes to the winners of this years ‘Fastest Dude to the Dialtone’ contest – the Asterisk-based showdown where your skills could land you an iPAD or Google Tablet this year!
So whether you’re a hardcore developer (make sure you’re there on Monday for DevCon), an Asterisk integrator, a crazy Asterisk consultant or even a grateful book owner – get your AstriCon pass now, if you’ve not already done so. Register now for AstriCon 2012.
Did I mention the all-conference party? Whoops, I’ve already said too much (as usual)…

David

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David Duffett

David works with the Worldwide Asterisk Community for Digium, and is an Asterisk enthusiast in addition to being a Chartered Engineer, globally experienced trainer and public speaker. His experience includes Air Traffic Control communications, Wireless Local Loop, Mobile Networks, Computer Telephony, Voice over IP and Asterisk specifically. In addition to many web articles, David's publications include Asterisk 1.4: The Professional's Guide (Packt, co-author) and the contribution of a chapter (on Internationalisation) to Asterisk: The Definitive Guide (O'Reilly). David is editorially responsible for AstriCon (THE annual global Asterisk event) where he also introduced the 'Fastest Dude to the Dialtone' contest some years ago. He is a frequent speaker at AsterConference Asia (David has also MC'd at this event), IT Expo (East and West) and a number of corporate events. He has also spoken at numerous other conferences - VoIP Developer, Speech World, CT Expo and UC Expo to name a few.

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