I upgraded my home Asterisk server from 1.2.x to 1.4.0-beta3 today. Unfortunately, I’d ignored a bunch of deprecation warnings when I upgraded from Asterisk 1.0 to 1.2, and it looks like 1.4 removed almost everything that was deprecated in 1.2. So I spent most of an hour replacing
Set(var=DB(some/key)). I guess that’s an improvement, although neither form is exactly elegant.
My Asterisk config is now around 2 years old and getting kind of crufty. Sooner or later I’m going to need to rewrite it in a better language; either AEL or one of the various Ruby plugins for Asterisk. AEL looks like a big improvement over Asterisk’s traditional config language, but it’s still not a real programming language.