The Yahoo Query Language lets you query, filter, and join data across any web data source or service on the web. Using our YQL web service, apps run faster with fewer lines of code and a smaller network footprint. YQL uses a SQL-like language because it is a familiar and intuitive method for developers to access data. YQL treats the entire web as a source of table data, enabling developers to select from internet.
Today, the YQL team has extended the platform with the “missing” SQL verbs to write and modify data on web services and applications: INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE. This enables YQL’s Open Data Tables to insert new Twitter status messages, not just list them; to add new comments to a blog, as well as read them; to store data in a remote database; to INSERT INTO internet.
This looks nifty. Being able to do “SELECT * FROM internet” could prove to be very useful in automated scraping of data.Â I’ll have to play around with this and see how it can be of real-world use.