Wednesday, May 19, 2010

I've said it before but I'll say it again...

FreeSWITCH rocks!

Earlier today I wanted to play with the possibility of using FreeSWITCH as a route/LCR server for another platform. FreeSWITCH already has mod_lcr and redirect. Using these two features FreeSWITCH could be made to respond with a 302 and a single SIP URI in the Contact field.

I wanted more. I wanted a way to respond with multiple routes.

The standard way to do this (using SIP, of course) is to respond to incoming INVITEs with a 300 Multiple Choices. This response should contain a Contact header (or multiple Contact headers) with a list of SIP URIs (along with optional q values, etc) for the original system to route the call to.

As usual I wrote the FreeSWITCH-Users mailing list to make sure this functionality didn't already exist somewhere. It did not and it was suggested I create a bounty.

Creating a bounty is always tough... I don't deal with the source code of FreeSWITCH all that often. I don't know how much work this is going to take. I don't know how much C programmers make. So I did my best to come up with something that seemed fair: $250.

Less than two hours later the feature was coded, committed to FreeSWITCH, tested by me, and paid for.

Once again, Open Source for the win!

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