Business Rules vs. Database Rules A Position Statement

  • Brian Spencer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 1543)


There is a widely held view that production rules (i.e. rules following the E-C-A paradigm) controlled by a database management system represent an appropriate technology for the implementation of business rules. This paper identifies some serious limitations in the scope of this active database paradigm and proposes an alternative technology based on the concept of the provision of rule services within a distributed component architecture. The paper argues that a distributed object architecture enables the power of the E-C-A paradigm to reach beyond the confines of the single database and provide a generalized architecture for exible, controlled implementation of business rules.

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian Spencer
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of ITUniversity of BrightonUK

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