This section describes the setup of the local development environment for working with Drools.
Java Version 1.5+ is required to run examples in this book. Drools can be downloaded from http://www.jboss.org/drools/downloads.html. You'll need the
Drools and jBPM tools (
droolsjbpm-tools-distribution-5.5.0.Final.zip) downloads. The former is the rule engine itself, that is, the binaries. The latter is the Drools Eclipse plugin. It greatly helps at writing rules. The Drools new project wizard in Eclipse can create a simple Drools project that is ready to run. When setting it up, you need to tell it the location of
Drools Runtime (where ...