QL2 Software Inc., a leading provider of data extraction solutions for business and competitive intelligence, announced the release of WebQL 3.1, the company's sophisticated development platform that simplifies complex data collection and integration tasks and functions. WebQL extracts information from a variety of unstructured data sources, including the Web, and reformats it into structured, more usable formats. The latest release of WebQL has a number of new features, including new URL schemes that provide enhanced flexibility when accessing data sources that are external to WebQL, as well as support for XML data of arbitrary size, a C API for pure C embedding applications and improvements to the network monitor.

One of the new schemes in WebQL 3.1 allows administrators to execute dynamic SQL statements and retrieve database results using the standard table translators. Other new schemes allow for the invocation of dynamic WebQL scripts and integration of logic implemented in languages other than WebQL, including Java, C# and C++. WebQL 3.1 also includes upgrades to WebQL's network monitor, which allows for greater control and flexibility of data searches and search result presentations and storage; and improvements to platform APIs, networking and document processing.

"In this release we have significantly expanded WebQL's reach into existing enterprise infrastructure," said Greg Lauckhart, Chief Technology Officer for QL2 Software. "A common request from enterprise customers has been more flexible integration with .NET, Java and SQL environments. New features in this release address these needs, and enable new non-traditional integration points, such as automation of user interfaces implemented as Java applets."

Based on standard SQL, WebQL provides a virtual database layer that shields developers from the complexity of specific data formats and network protocols. Developers can use existing SQL skills to access, transform and integrate data with no upfront setup or traditional programming. WebQL can extract information from virtually any document or tabular format and then convert the data into more easily used formats, including HTML, XML, word documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, etc.

WebQL 3.1 supports Windows (2000, XP and 2003), Linux (RedHat 7.2 or newer - other distributions with appropriate libraries) and Solaris 9 or newer.

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