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Customer Review

on November 11, 2007
I was accidentally pulled in to the world of REA. I was evaluating the redesign of our major financial application. After deeply thinking the details of the business application dynamics, I started to group them under some basic overly simplified models and entities.

From there, I started to think that there should be somebody out there who faced the same situation and solved the same set of problems with a similar approach and hopefully more elegantly.

Then, I stopped evolving my model and started searching the literature and the Internet. I came across Fowler's book and I think it was great and I liked it so much, especially modelling the account and the relaed entries. But that was about it as far as the simplicity goes. It started to get a bit more complex as I started to get more patterns.

I started to do some more searches till I got to the REA, Resources- Events-Agents and that was it. I was blown away.

The model is so simple but powerful in capturing the most fundamental concepts in the accounting and business domain.

Unfortunately, I did not find enough resources (at this time) that examines the REA and its applications in detail till I found this wonderful book.

I really thank the author for his work.

So I think, REA model will change the business information modelling arena in the same way object oriented programming changed the programming world, and like design patterns impacted the design world.

I also predict that this book will be for the business application architecture community as the GoF book to the software designers community at large.
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