Chapter 1. Drooling over JBoss Rules

My grandfather was a docker in Belfast who loaded and unloaded ships. My father was an accountant who tracked and valued the items as they moved around the world. My job is to replace both of them with automated systems, and apply a complex set of business rules that determine what gets loaded first and how much it is worth. For items such as fresh produce, the answer is complex and often changes by the hour.

If you look at your family tree, you'll probably see a similar progression. We've gone from lifting bags of coal to being workers who move knowledge around. We may not have blisters on our hands, but we do get sore heads from the business (medical, legal, financial and similar) problems that we deal with. ...

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