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.

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