Web Rule ASP.NET and MVC business rules engine


Web Rule is ASP.NET and MVC XML-based super fast business rules engine that enables business users to manage, validate and evaluate complex business rules.

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by Sven Ferguson | August 18 2011

Evaluating this control for two weeks now.

- Very usable and intuitive UI.
- No decision tables needed at all.
- Rules are in XML format, easy to store in db or file system.
- The use of parentheses instead of priorities. VERY cool.
- I now believe that .NET attributes is the only way to store reusable rule metadata.
- Our business people were thrilled when I demoed this control to them.

- You need to develop and test your own code to store or retrieve your rules or to provide role-based access to rules.
- They name common things differently. For example, they call fact objects "source objects". Rule conditions - "equations". And some other differences.
- The XML format is quite "linear", very different from what the others have. This can be a problem if you need to translate their rules into BizTalk or WF, for example. I got their reply to my question saying that they already recognized the problem and that the next version will introduce a new "hierarchical" format. But this can create the issue with the existing rules unless they also provide a "converter" of some sort.

Overall, a very unique, intuitive and solid product.

by Simon Gagnie | August 17 2011

Just downloaded this control and visited their site to view documentation. Ended up running their demo VS project. Very cool. Absolutely new approach to business rules management. No decision tables, no rule compilation and deployment, everything's online. Can't tell anything about performance yet, though. Highly recommended!

Si Simmons August 17 2011
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Performance of Web Rule control is better than industry average. The next major version will introduce a brand new rule engine that will increase rule evaluation performance even further.

Thank you for your kind words!

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