The JBoss Drools boys have something cool brewing. They already have the most useful GWT (Google Web Toolkit) App that I’ve seen outside of the Googleplex. That’s a fully fledged app ready and waiting to be used in anger, not some example widget, or a test case thrown together by somebody playing with the technology. The BRMS app itself, targeted at business / professional users, allows them to catch the knowledge that they have in their heads and share it with the team.
Here’s the problem; If you’re into Rules, you’ve probably already downloaded the BRMS - ( Business Rules management system). If you’re just a casual browser, a cool GWT app it may be, but you’re not going to take the time. Why? Unless you have Tomcat or JBoss 4 ready and waiting on your PC you’re not going to bother (note ; this will work on other application servers like weblogic , with another couple minutes work, but that just proves my point).
In order to make things easy for us lazy people, the nice people at Drools are preparing a standalone BRMS; download , unzip , start and play. That’s presuming you have Java installed. You do have Java installed don’t you? But being lazy, how big a download is too big?
I’m not the best person to answer the question - I’ve already downloaded the (largish - 530mb) Red Hat Developer Studio (now at release candidate 1). So what’s your download speed and how big (small) does the BRMS have to be before you’d consider trying it out?