Instant Drools Starter [Instant]

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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Discover Drools and learn to harvest the power of rules
  • Write a rules engine and put it into practice
  • Explore key features from brass tacks syntax to testing and troubleshooting



Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 52 pages
Release Date : March 2013
ISBN : 1782165541
ISBN 13 : 9781782165545
Author(s) : Jeremy Ary
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Application Development, Instant, Java, JBoss, Open Source

Table of Contents

Instant Drools Starter
  • Instant Drools Starter
    • So, what is Drools?
    • Installation
      • Step 1 – what do I need?
      • Step 2 – installing Java
      • Step 3 – installing Maven
      • Step 4 – installing Eclipse
      • Step 5 – installing the Drools Eclipse plugin
      • And that's it!
    • Quick start – creating your first rules application
      • Step 1 – creating a Drools project with the Eclipse plugin
      • Step 2 – creating a new rules-enabled Maven project from scratch
      • Step 3 – defining our rules and facts
      • Step 4 – translating facts into a data model
      • Step 5 – translating rules into Drools Rule Language
      • Step 6 – doing something with our rules
    • Top 5 features you need to know about
      • Reading and writing Drools Rule Language syntax
        • Some basics we've used
        • Some basics we haven't seen yet
        • Rule attributes
        • Operators for constraints
        • Conditional elements for patterns
      • Working with facts
        • Manipulating facts in code
        • Manipulating facts in rules
      • Testing your rules
      • Debugging the rule evaluation process
        • Debugging with the Eclipse plugin
        • Debugging with listeners
        • Inference
      • The five core modules that make up Drools
        • jBPM
        • Drools Expert
        • Drools Fusion
        • Drools Guvnor
        • Drools Planner
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Community
      • Twitter

Jeremy Ary

Jeremy Ary is a Senior Software Developer, born and raised in Tennessee, US. He began working with Drools systems over five years ago, and became active in the community and conferences, furthering his curiosity and desire to work with rules engines. He has spent his time in the field improving various rule-based legacy systems in the financial field and creating others from scratch that automated company workflow processes. He's also authored highly-scalable rule-based emergency response and notification systems for both domestic and international customers.

When not in code monkey mode, Jeremy can be found in his shop doing woodworking, out on the waters fishing, or at home spending time with his two dachshunds, his loving wife Becca, and his newborn son Everett.

You can keep up with Jeremy's latest works at his Github account,, or you can reach out to him via LinkedIn at or e-mail him at

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What you will learn from this book

  • Evaluate rules engines and how they fit your needs
  • Install Drools and enhanced development tools
  • Feed information to your rules engine and evaluate rules
  • Explore DRL syntax, operators, and their functionalities
  • Test rules as a whole, individually, and for stability
  • Debug the rule evaluation process visually and via logging
  • Learn which modules make up the Drools system and its capabilities

In Detail

Drools is a popular business rule management system. The book introduces the concept of rules separation, from what to do to how to do it. This Starter guide supports your development to keep pace with your system’s ever-changing needs, making things simple and easy by taking the rigidity out of complex codes.

"Instant Drools Starter" is a practical, hand-on guide that provides you with a number of clear and concise explanations with relatable examples. This book offers step-by-step exercises to help you understand business rule management systems. Learn how they work, how they're best used, and how to perform frequently used tasks and techniques.

This Starter guide helps you get familiar with the Drools concept. You will learn to evaluate rules engines and cover all the basics, from rules authoring to troubleshooting. This book highlights the capabilities of the Drools modules.

After discovering exactly what rules are and what a rule engine brings to the table, we will quickly learn how to install Drools. The guide then explores different tools of the trade and gets you writing your first set of rules instantly. We'll then take those rules, write vital codes piece by piece, and put them into action. In addition, with this guide, learn how to document and troubleshoot everything behind the scenes, as well as developing your rules to the next level. "Instant Drools Starter" will cover everything you need to know to get started, so if you are looking for a complete guide that provides simple solutions to complex problems, look no further.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks.A simple Starter, introducing the Drools concept. The book takes a meticulous approach to providing quick and simple solutions in a practical manner for rules engines and their uses.

Who this book is for

This book is great for developers, architects, and managers who need to evaluate or get up to speed with Drools engine usage and functionality. This book teaches you to capture and document business processes and represent their maintenance development to business users.

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