Business Rules in Databases

Business Rules in Databases

Antonio Badia (University of Louisville, USA)
Copyright: © 2005 |Pages: 7
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-560-3.ch009
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Though informal, the concept of business rule is very important to the modeling and definition of information systems. Business rules are used to express many different aspects of the representation, manipulation and processing of data (Paton, 1999). However, perhaps due to its informal nature, business rules have been the subject of a limited body of research in academia. There is little agreement on the exact definition of business rule, on how to capture business rules in requirements specification (the most common conceptual models, entity-relationship and UML, have no proviso for capturing business rules), and, if captured at all, on how to express rules in database systems. Usually, business rules are implemented as triggers in relational databases. However, the concept of business rule is more versatile and may require the use of other tools.

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