Voice XML opens up new opportunities for integrating voice into service oriented architectures.
It's been fun summer, exploring the ins and outs of VoiceXML for a series of articles I've just completed for InformIT (see links below). What interesting about Voice XML is that it fits so nicely into the XML-based mashup world that's responsible for much of what's happening in the Web 2.0 space. There are several things I really like about Voice XML.
What all this means is that Voice XML (and CCXML) can play in the same REST-ful space that has enabled simple, powerful mashups. Now that a new academic year is beginning at SMU (where I teach) I'm setting up a servlet for my Java class that will automatically run JUNIT tests against uploaded code, and display test results in the browser. With a bit of CCXML and VoiceXML, it should be fairly painless to trigger a phone call where my disembodied TA gives them some helpful hints about their assignment.
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