Jess in Action
Java Rule-based Systems

Ernest Friedman-Hill

2003 | 480 pages
ISBN: 1930110898

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Imagine a different way to program in which you specify rules and facts instead of the usual linear set of instructions. That's the idea behind rule-based programming. A rule engine automatically decides how to apply the rules to your facts and hands you the result. This approach is ideal for expressing business rules and is increasingly used in enterprise computing.

Jess is a popular rule engine written in Java. It's supported by Sandia Labs and has an active online community. If you have a problem that can be solved with rules, Jess in Action will show you how. (If you are not sure, read chapter 2.) Written by the creator of Jess, this book is an accessible and practical guide to rule-based system development in Java.

Jess in Action first introduces rule programming concepts and teaches you the Jess language. Armed with this knowledge, you then progress through a series of fully-developed applications chosen to expose you to practical rule-based development. The book shows you how you can add power and intelligence to your Java software.

What's Inside

Includes binary version of Jess ( for non-commercial use)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Friedman-Hill is a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Livermore, California. He is the developer of Jess, the Java rule engine. He has taught Java programming to over 3,000 students for the University of California Extensions in Berkeley, in San Diego, and online. Dr. Friedman-Hill's current work at Sandia includes the development of software for mechanical design and analysis. He lives in Gaithersburg, MD.

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"... clear, crisp, well-focused ... the organization is smooth, well-thought-out, ... this book rocks."
- Ted Neward, Author, Server-Based Java Programming

"... the Jess book. A nice balance between an introduction and a reference ...."
- John D. Mitchell, Coauthor Making Sense of Java

"Friedman-Hill writes clearly. The topic is complicated, and he does an excellent job explaining it ... I recommend this book."
- Roedy Green, Author, The Java Glossary

"... intuitive and clever examples that show the reader how to build intelligent Java applications with Jess."
- Robert B. Trelease, Ph.D., UCLA Brain Research Institute

Imagine a different way to program in which you specify rules and facts instead of the usual linear set of instructions. That's the idea behind rule-based programming. A rule engine automatically decides how to apply the rules to your facts and hands you the result. This approach is ideal for expressing business rules and is increasingly used in enterprise computing.

Jess is a popular rule engine written in Java. It's supported by Sandia Labs and has an active online community. If you have a problem that can be solved with rules, Jess in Action will show you how. (If you are not sure, read chapter 2.)

Written by the creator of Jess, this book is an accessible and practical guide to rule-based system development in Java. Jess in Action first introduces rule programming concepts and teaches you the Jess language. Armed with this knowledge, you then progress through a series of fully-developed applications chosen to expose you to practical rule-based development. The book shows you how you can add power and intelligence to your Java software.

What's Inside

Dr. Friedman-Hill is the developer of Jess. A Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories, he lives in Gaithersburg, MD.

Reviews

"A good book, which is comprehensive, and yet generally readable. Why Jess should be used instead of Java (and vice versa) is covered."
-- ACM Computing Reviews

"Jess in Action is well worth your time and attention ... an excellent, entertaining, and productive read that will likely expand your programming horizons considerably. "
-- Slashdot.org

"If you know of rule-based systems and have decided to use Jess, then run, don't walk to the bookstore and purchase a copy of this book."
-- Simon Chappell, Slashdot.org reviewer

"From my view anyone with some Java experience and someprogramming background could learn Jess and use it for complex projects by using this book. I found the principles of rules-based programming well laid-out, the examples engaging, and the flow very comfortable...You'll read it more than once, if you grasp the power of the tool that's been put in your hands."
-- JavaRanch.com, 2nd review.

"If you are interested in using Jess as a possible solution to your business needs then this book is a virtual necessity. I couldn't imagine trying to use Jess without this book."
-- JavaRanch.com

"...clear, crisp, well-focused ... the organization is smooth, well-thought-out, ... this book rocks."
--Ted Neward, Author, Server-Based Java Programming

"... the Jess book. A nice balance between an introduction and a reference..."
--John D. Mitchell, Coauthor Making Sense of Java

"Friedman-Hill writes clearly. The topic is complicated, and he does an excellent job explaining it ... I recommend this book."
--Roedy Green, Author, The Java Glossary

"... intuitive and clever examples that show the reader how to build intelligent Java applications with Jess."
--Robert B. Trelease, Ph.D., UCLA Brain Research Institute