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VoIP or SIP application developers can be categorised by the clothes they wear, the bicycles they ride or the approach they take to programming. This post is about the latter. Which grouping do you belong to when it comes to writing VoIP, IP telephony or SIP-based applications?

Regardless of the purpose of your application, whether it be a straightforward, IVR/auto-attendant ‘front-end’ or a complex, unified communications application for a sophisticated contact centre environment, you can approach its development from a number of different angles. There are many competing methods for developing software.
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Aculab is probably best known for its DSP-based hardware which has been providing the media processing power for TDM and IP-based communications since 1998. Additionally, since 2003, we have provided developers who had a preference for a software only solution to have access to the same media processing capabilities with our Prosody S host media processing (HMP) product. You could say that these products are the bread and butter of Aculab's portfolio.

As you may have seen from our recent press release, we have been working on an extension to our portfolio, the AMS Server.
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"How long is a piece of string?"

September 1, 2010 9:40 AM | 0 Comments
How often have you heard someone ask, "How long is a piece of string?"? But is it really a question? Often, it's used as more of a rhetorical statement than posed as a question to be answered. It's often used in exasperated response to some other question seemingly impossible to answer as in: "How long will you take to finish this piece of code?"

Of course, there are answers to the 'string' question.

In mathematics, you could apply laws of probability or plot the distribution of string length on a graph to produce a mean result of sorts. Continue Reading...
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You might recall the poem by William Wordsworth that begins, "I wandered lonely as a cloud." His poem may have been about 'a host of golden daffodils', but the second verse is more appropriate if we pretend that it's about the advocates of cloud computing.

"Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance, tossing their heads in sprightly dance."

I'm sure there are at least ten thousand advocates of cloud computing, tossing a few heady paragraphs into their latest blog or preaching to us all from their twittering stance. "The more fool you," if you're not listening, seems to be the message.

You could say there are now two types of businesses, "Those with their heads buried in the sand and those with their heads in the clouds." That phrase would neatly sum up the present situation and, although it's not quite complimentary to the advocates, their devoutness probably means they'd miss the subtlety. Yes, indeed, the 'Cloud' is being hyped at the moment - and rightly so.

However, as with everything, there is always more than one approach.
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Musings on the multitude of programming language choices available to todays application developers

Yes, there's more than one way to skin a cat. You could start with the neck or the tail... meeea...oW!  Ok, Ok, I didn't mean to offend. I have, however, seen some nifty looking sporrans made out of pre-deceased, I hasten to add, wildcats from Scotland. Continue Reading...

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