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Business rules v programming (again)

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I got another comment on an old article of mine that is linked to a popular programming site - Don't soft-code, use business rules. This remains my most commented post and the new comment basically repeats some of the arguments made before - that making a change to code is only hard/time consuming/requires an expensive IT project if the code is poorly designed.

Now I already wrote some fairly extensive responses to the complaints I got:

And frankly I still stand by my comments. The challenges with using code to manage business rules remain - business users don't understand code and programmers will never understand the business as well as they do, executing the rules is much less of a challenge than managing them so you can find and edit them when you need to and a Business Rules Management System is a proven way to manage large numbers of rules so that IT and business people can collaborate on making sure they are correct and up to date.

I have to say that I like the original article, enjoyed the (colorful) responses to it and think the three posts are a good summary of why I still believe in business rules as a way to manage decisions. If you haven't seen them before, check them out.

James Taylor blogs about decision-management technologies such as predictive analytics and business rules, discussing how they deliver agility, improve business processes and bring intelligent automation to SOA.

James Taylor

James Taylor blogs on decision management for ebizQ, and is an independent consultant on decision management, predictive analytics, business rules, and related topics.

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