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Easy Rules is a Java rules engine inspired by an article called "Should I use a Rules Engine?" by Martin Fowler

Code Quality Rank: L5
Programming language: Java
Latest version: v4.0.0

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Easy Rules The simple, stupid rules engine for Java™

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Latest news

  • 17/05/2020: Version 4.0.0 is now released with a lot of new features and enhancements! Check out what's new here.
  • 08/12/2019: Version 3.4.0 is out with a few enhancements and bug fixes. Check out the release notes here.

What is Easy Rules?

Easy Rules is a Java rules engine inspired by an article called "Should I use a Rules Engine?" of Martin Fowler in which Martin says:

You can build a simple rules engine yourself. All you need is to create a bunch of objects with conditions and actions, store them in a collection, and run through them to evaluate the conditions and execute the actions.

This is exactly what Easy Rules does, it provides the Rule abstraction to create rules with conditions and actions, and the RulesEngine API that runs through a set of rules to evaluate conditions and execute actions.

Core features

  • Lightweight library and easy to learn API
  • POJO based development with an annotation programming model
  • Useful abstractions to define business rules and apply them easily with Java
  • The ability to create composite rules from primitive ones
  • The ability to define rules using an Expression Language (Like MVEL and SpEL)

Example

1. First, define your rule..

Either in a declarative way using annotations:

@Rule(name = "weather rule", description = "if it rains then take an umbrella")
public class WeatherRule {

    @Condition
    public boolean itRains(@Fact("rain") boolean rain) {
        return rain;
    }

    @Action
    public void takeAnUmbrella() {
        System.out.println("It rains, take an umbrella!");
    }
}

Or in a programmatic way with a fluent API:

Rule weatherRule = new RuleBuilder()
        .name("weather rule")
        .description("if it rains then take an umbrella")
        .when(facts -> facts.get("rain").equals(true))
        .then(facts -> System.out.println("It rains, take an umbrella!"))
        .build();

Or using an Expression Language:

Rule weatherRule = new MVELRule()
        .name("weather rule")
        .description("if it rains then take an umbrella")
        .when("rain == true")
        .then("System.out.println(\"It rains, take an umbrella!\");");

Or using a rule descriptor:

Like in the following weather-rule.yml example file:

name: "weather rule"
description: "if it rains then take an umbrella"
condition: "rain == true"
actions:
  - "System.out.println(\"It rains, take an umbrella!\");"
MVELRuleFactory ruleFactory = new MVELRuleFactory(new YamlRuleDefinitionReader());
Rule weatherRule = ruleFactory.createRule(new FileReader("weather-rule.yml"));

2. Then, fire it!

public class Test {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // define facts
        Facts facts = new Facts();
        facts.put("rain", true);

        // define rules
        Rule weatherRule = ...
        Rules rules = new Rules();
        rules.register(weatherRule);

        // fire rules on known facts
        RulesEngine rulesEngine = new DefaultRulesEngine();
        rulesEngine.fire(rules, facts);
    }
}

This is the hello world of Easy Rules. You can find other examples like the Shop, Airco or WebApp tutorials in the wiki.

Contribution

You are welcome to contribute to the project with pull requests on GitHub.

If you find a bug or want to request a feature, please use the issue tracker.

For any question, you can use StackOverflow or Gitter.

Awesome contributors

Thank you all for your contributions!

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Who is using Easy Rules?

Credits

YourKit Java Profiler

Many thanks to YourKit, LLC for providing a free license of YourKit Java Profiler to support the development of Easy Rules.

License

Easy Rules is released under the terms of the MIT license:

The MIT License (MIT)

Copyright (c) 2020 Mahmoud Ben Hassine (mahmoud.benhassine@icloud.com)

Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy
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