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Book plug: 'Intelligent Systems' by Robert Schalkoff
I am deeply engrossed at present in a new book, published at the beginning of this year, called 'Intelligent Systems - Principles, Paradigms and Pragmatics' by Robert Schalkoff, and published by Jones & Bartlett. Rather strangely, I note the copyright year is 2011, so I guess it fell through some kind of wormhole from the future. I don't think I have enjoyed reading an IT book as much in the last 20 years. The book is a modern introduction to the whole field of 'intelligent systems' (IS) which ......

Posted On Sunday, January 31, 2010 7:06 AM

Microsoft Field Surveys
So there I am doing what a geek does best - sitting in Cafe Nero on Tottenham Court Road in the centre of London on a Saturday afternoon, killing time while waiting to meet up with my daughter, and doing a little coding to pass the time when someone (his name turned out to be Jim) asks me "so what do you think of the Visual Studio 2010 beta?" Me> It's OK; its stable and functional, and the UI performs quite well, which is good because it uses WPF. Jim> Yes I know, I'm working on it. Me> ......

Posted On Saturday, January 30, 2010 2:09 PM

MS BRE Backward Chaining - Part 3: The ‘Bound Variable' pattern
This is the third and final part of a three-part series, as follows: · Part 1: Situating the Business Rules Engine · Part 2: Backward Chaining: the 'Simple Name' pattern · Part 3: Backward Chaining: the ‘Bound Variable' pattern In Part 2 we looked at how developers can use procedural attachments and 'directive events' to implement a simple form of backward chaining for Microsoft's Business Rule Engine. In this third, and final, part, we will extend the code to tackle more complex backward-chaining ......

Posted On Monday, January 18, 2010 5:29 AM

MS BRE Backward Chaining - Part 2: The 'Simple Name' pattern
This is the second of a three-part series, as follows: Part 1: Situating the Business Rules Engine Part 2: Backward Chaining: the 'Simple Name' pattern Part 3: Backward Chaining: the ‘Bound Variable' pattern In part one of this three-part series, I explained some of the historical influences that led Microsoft to design their Business Rules Engine as a 'situated reasoning engine'. In this second part, I want to look at a pattern that exploits these features. Microsoft's engine is often described ......

Posted On Monday, January 18, 2010 5:27 AM

MS BRE Backward Chaining - Part 1: Situating the Business Rules Engine
This is the first of a three-part series, as follows: Part 1: Situating the Business Rules Engine Part 2: Backward Chaining: the 'Simple Name' pattern Part 3: Backward Chaining: the ‘Bound Variable' pattern Karl posted on forward and backward chaining at http://karlreinsch.com/2010... I emailed him privately and talked a bit about how backward chaining can be implemented on Microsoft's Business Rule Engine (I even sent him a little example). A couple of days later he published a ......

Posted On Monday, January 18, 2010 5:25 AM

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