Anyone delving into the area of business rules will soon encounter various classifications and groupings of different kinds of business rules. Most professionals tend to view these taxonomies as something that provides insight into the underlying nature of business rules, and indeed this is often the case. However, there is a tendency in human beings to get carried away with taxonomies and think that they hold some magic key to understanding. This leads to problems when different taxonomies describe the same thing, which is the case with business rules. In such circumstances we tend to think that the taxonomies are competing, that one is "right" and the others are "wrong" or that at least some taxonomies are "better" than others.

Because feelings can run high in this area, I do not want to get into a comparison of the different taxonomies of business rules that are out there. In fact, I think doing such comparisons is not a very productive activity. Rather, I would like to suggest that there is a perspective from which we can view all these taxonomies. This is not to say that some are bad and some are good, but they are good and bad as taxonomies, not necessarily in what they help us to understand about business rules.

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