Hello appRules® Studio 3.0

With the recent release of appRules 3.0, in this post, we will quickly cover appRules Studio the development environment used for composing business rules, data integration and process automation solutions that can be deployed on premise or in the cloud.

appRules Studio comes in three editions:

  • appRules Studio Express Edition
  • appRules Studio Enterprise Edition
  • appRules Studio Visual Studio Edition

The most popular edition is the Enterprise edition. Which version you choose, depends on your needs.

appRules Studio Express Edition

The Express edition is the entry level edition. It includes a built in SQL Server Compact Edition project database and supports a single user. This version can be utilized by business and technical users. The Express edition can be upgraded to the Enterprise edition.

appRules Studio Enterprise Edition

The Enterprise edition is multi-user edition of appRules Studio. It supports multiple users sharing enterprise project databases such as SQL Server, Oracle, DB2 and others. The enterprise edition also supports project databases created by the Express edition. The system includes tools to check-in/check-out project databases. This version can be utilized by business and technical users.

appRules Visual Studio Edition (VSE)

The Visual Studio edition of appRules is used exclusively by technical users. It includes appConnector assemblies that can be added to the Visual Studio toolbox. Utilities are included for checking Visual Studio projects into appRules project data bases.

appRules Studio Main Components

All editions of appRules Studio share the same functionality.


The toolbox shows all the available activities. To add an activity to your workflow, drag it from the toolbox on to the designer.


The Designer is the work surface for composing appRules projects. It is the drag/drop environment on which activities are defined and connected to form the flow of the process. To add a workflow activity to any part of the designer, drag it from the toolbox and drop it on the designer.

Property Grid

It is through the property grid that activity property values are configured. To view the properties of any activity in the Designer, simply click on the activity.


The outline view displays the activities sequence or flow chart as a tree view; this is useful when working on a complex project or when the number of activities is high.

Ribbon Bar

The Ribbon at the top of Visual Studio window buttons for managing the currently loaded appRules project in the designer.

Key Options

The ribbon bar and menus include several options including the following:

  • Validate Project – validates the currently selected project
  • Run – runs the currently selected project
  • Data Source – create, view and edit data source metadata
  • Modules – select modules to add to the toolbox
  • Logs – shows logs created during project runs
  • Statistics – shows project run statistics
  • Build Deployment Package – Creates the xcopy deployment folder that can be run on any computer using Express or Enterprise server software
  • Check-In / Check-Out – Checks in or checks out project metadata between project databases.

Download appRules trial here: http://www.appstrategy.com/appRulesTrial