Business Rules Based Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC)

What is the “Business Rules” approach? What is its impact on the SDLC?  I was recently asked these questions by an organization contemplating moving to a rules based environment. I think that these are great questions. First, the usual answer

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What Software Development SHOULD Be Like – The User Interface Rules

I have already written about the whole business rules architecture (see previous blog posts about Object, Object Interaction and UI rules). Object o   Structure o   Process o   Data Validation Object Interaction User Interface Getting people to think in a “real”

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The Evolution of a Project into a Product

I suspect that most software products have their origins as a project.  We are seeing the birth of such a product so I thought I would blog about it. Earlier I wrote a couple of posts about our next generation

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Case Study: “The Object Interaction Repository”

Dulcian was building the recruiting system for the United States Air Force Reserve. Most of the core user interface screens needed to be images of the paper forms that applicants fill out as part of enlisting in the Air Force.

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Even if a Generic Rules Engine does not exist, that doesn’t mean you have to hand code!

If your system includes a big, odd calculation, you should think really hard prior to hand coding it.  If there are a hundred rules or more and they fall into some kind of nice pattern, you can probably create a custom

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Making a data entry application look like a real website

Dulcian was tasked with creating a very complex data entry application (filling out the entire application for entrance into the military) that a senior in high school could use with no training whatsoever. The application needed to be attractive, easy to

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Programs that Write Programs, are the Luckiest Programs in the World

I am not a big fan of boring, mind numbing, repetitive tasks.  I remember my early days working with word processors and spreadsheets.  If you needed to do a task more than about 10 times, it usually made sense to

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