Paul,
 
Later this afternoon, I will send you an example of how to create a rulebase from a .rules file.
 
I use JEOPS V2.2 from http://www.jeops.org (which now uses insert instead of assert) and JDK1.4, so you might want to get these and we can synch' up and use the same stuff. They also have a proposed "wish list" for JEOPS, but I haven't seen much progress so far.
 
Rich Halsey