Carole Ann Berlioz

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Twenty years after it first made waves, rule-based technology is making a comeback. Java developers with an eye on the e-commerce market are becoming aware of how integrating business rules and objects in Java can help expand Java into new niches within Web-based applications. This article discusses how rules fit with Java, the types of rule engines available and how a rule engine is used to execute rules for integration into a Java applet or application. Business rules are the fundamental policies and procedures that define or constrain a business, guiding how it functions. In modern businesses thousands of these policies and procedures are often embedded in application code, with "rule engines" ­ intelligent software components ­ frequently used as the fastest and most effective method to evaluate and execute business rules. Relying on rule engines is usually pre... (more)