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What's So Bad About Rule-Based Programming?
September/October 1991 (vol. 8 no. 5)
pp. 103, 105

The frustration expressed by some leading researchers in the field with the limited number of large systems deployed based on expert-systems technology is addressed. It is argued that the problem is related to the inherent nature of rule-based programming. It is maintained that systems developed with the rule-based paradigm are unmaintainable, untestable, and unreliable. It is concluded that unless knowledge engineering has a set of mechanisms to address reliability and maintainability, it is headed for a crisis.

Index Terms:
rule-based programming; expert-systems; knowledge engineering; reliability; maintainability; expert systems; logic programming
Citation:
"What's So Bad About Rule-Based Programming?," IEEE Software, vol. 8, no. 5, pp. 103, 105, Sept.-Oct. 1991, doi:10.1109/MS.1991.10050
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