What Not How: The Business Rules Approach to Application Development

What Not How: The Business Rules Approach to Application Development

by Chris J. Date
     
 

"What I think Date has done is nothing less than to lay out the foundational concepts for the next generation of business logic servers based on predicate logic. Such a breakthrough should revolutionize application development in our industry--and take business rules to their fullest expression."
--Ronald G. Ross, Principal, Business Rule Solutions

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"What I think Date has done is nothing less than to lay out the foundational concepts for the next generation of business logic servers based on predicate logic. Such a breakthrough should revolutionize application development in our industry--and take business rules to their fullest expression."
--Ronald G. Ross, Principal, Business Rule Solutions, LLC
Executive Editor, DataToKnowledge Newsletter

The way we build computer applications is about to change dramatically, thanks to a new development technology known as business rules. The key idea behind the technology is that we can build applications declaratively instead of procedurally--that is, we can simply state WHAT needs to be done instead of HOW to do what needs to be done. The advantages are obvious: ease and rapidity of initial development and subsequent maintenance, hardware and software platform independence, overall productivity, business adaptivity, and more.

What Not How: The Business Rules Approach to Application Development is a concise and accessible introduction to this new technology. It is written for both managers and technical professionals. The book consists of two parts: Part I presents a broad overview of what business rules are all about; Part II then revisits the ideas in Part I and shows how they fit squarely into the solid tradition of relational technology. Topics covered include:

  • Presentation rules
  • Database and application rules
  • Building on the data model
  • Potential advantages and disadvantages
  • A new look at relational fundamentals
  • Business rules and the relational model

Overall, the book provides a good grounding in an important new technology, one poised to transform the way we do business in the IT world.

0201708507B04062001

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780201708509
Publisher:
Addison-Wesley
Publication date:
04/07/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

I. OVERVIEW.

1. What's the Problem?

2. Business Rules Are the Solution!

3. Presentation Rules.

4. Database and Application Rules.

5. The Data Model.

6. Potential Advantages.

7. Potential Disadvantages.

8. Summary of Part I.

II. A RELATIONAL PERSPECTIVE.

9. Some Technical Preliminaries.

10. Views, Base Tables, and Stored Tables.

11. Integrity Constraints.

12. A Closer Look at Relational Databases.

13. What Relations Mean.

14. Business Rules and the Relational Model.

15. Summary of Part II.

References and Bibliography.

Index. 0201708507T04062001

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