Microsoft Rule Engine Survey

Are you interested in helping to shape Microsoft’s future rules products?

Microsoft is running a survey on rule engines in general, and its own rule products (WF Rules, MS BRE) in particular through the end of this week – June 4. (I would have blogged it yesterday, but was off due to holiday.)

The survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete. If you have used the WF Rules product, you will get a few additional questions about your usage of the features. If you only use non-Microsoft rule engines, your participation is welcome as well.

Your input is appreciated.

Microsoft Rule Engine survey

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3 responses to “Microsoft Rule Engine Survey”

  1. Karl

    I am glad to see Microsoft start paying attention to its rule engine technology again – and I say that essentially based on my perception that little has been done with it (Marketing-wise) since it was introduced.
    Does this mean a change in direction around it? Or is this survey more intended to test the waters and see whether such a direction change would be wise?

    I have also seen your posts on the lack of real open source efforts on the .NET side for OSS Rule Engines. The most solid one I have seen in the past was the one created by kvm-porting JBoss Drools, but that is now quite old.
    I am curious to know why that would be.


  2. Karl W. Reinsch says:

    Hi Carlos!

    Certainly, if you look at my overall post about Microsoft’s rule offerings – it could arguably be stated that Microsoft has not made any significant enhancements to the existing offerings since 2006 or so.

    Now that Visual Studio 2010 / .NET 4 have shipped, we’re back into requirements gathering all-up for many features and this survey is a part of that.

    I have a few theories about open source rule engines on .NET, and one of these days I will put together an over-all post on the topic. :-)

    I’ve talked with Mark Proctor and the Drools.NET s/w is effectively dead. It needs manpower, and any new team working on that should potentially just start from scratch again.

    The topic of Java->.NET ports is interesting as well. I know of at least 3 Java rule engines that have at one time or another been run through a Java->C# converter…

  3. Mark Proctor says:

    If Microsoft want to put manpower into an open source Drools .Net engine, I’d be more than happy to help co-ordinate that :)


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