Re: Rule engines

From: Mikito Harakiri <>
Date: 6 Jun 2006 13:57:22 -0700
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Patrick May wrote:
> The appeal for my client isn't that the tool is a better
> technical solution than SQL or Java, but that the interface allows
> people from the marketing and finance teams to change the rules
> without involving a programmer. A lot of thought went into the ease
> of use of the UI.

Well, I was emphasising an obvious idea that database is a rule engine already. There was some noise in early 90s about deductive DBMSs, but it turned out to be a fad. Also the fact that Datalog as a query language failed while SQL was a success is very telling.

The existence of "snake oil" companies like ILOG can be explained by market size of BI space. When the market is huge it's easy to find a niche there. Received on Tue Jun 06 2006 - 22:57:22 CEST

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