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Before we pull to hard to the RESTstop, one thing.  This 
quote from Michael Kay's article prompted:

"I hope I've encouraged you in this article to recognize in particular that
XML databases are not just a direct replacement for relational databases.
They fulfill a different role in the architecture, and they work well when
supporting an application designed around the notion of data on the move
rather than data in the warehouse."

Strictly speaking, in a workflow app that is moving documents 
from node to node, this is true because documents are the 
predigested bits of beef where the formal act of negotiating 
the negotiating instruments is done.  (Lou Burnard: "A DTD is 
a theory about a document")  On the other hand, when doing 
analytics, warehousing is a good idea because the whole point 
is to theorize on the data.  That is why business intelligence 
systems (see Cognos, XML for Analysis, etc.) emphasize ad hoc 
querying, hypercubes (mapping into a predigested theory of 
theories) are emphasized.  The network wants as little semantic 
as it can handle to do it's job.  The data analyst wants to 
create semantics or prove them (see pragmatics) and the 
marketing exec wants to appear as if they are cooperating 
but in serving the stockholder/stakeholder values, want 
to find ways to confuse the other guy's theories (see 
combative pragmatics).

Thus, economies are NEVER frictionless.  They thrive on it 
because it keeps the spice in motion instead of settling 
in a sub-optimum valley (noise in service of annealing).



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