Using YQL to make Web Services hurt less OR "select * from internet"

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Do away with the pain of authentication schemes, do away with learning the foibles of multiple Web services, "select * from internet". Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) allows you to query Web services using familiar SQL-like sytnax. Not just ours though, you can query any web service using YQL, we should have called it Your Query Language.

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Do away with the pain of authentication schemes, do away with learning the foibles of multiple Web services, “select * from internet”. Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) allows you to query Web services using familiar SQL-like sytnax. Not just ours though, you can query any web service using YQL, we should have called it Your Query Language.

YQL provides a framework familiar from SQL with commands like SELECT, WHERE and LIMIT but allows you to use it to call Web services, feeds or web pages specified in YQL tables. These tables include a range of Web services from Yahoo! Using the power of YQL Open Tables, however, any Web service can be included in YQL.

This tutorial will show participants how to get started querying data using YQL. It will cover accessing Web services via YQL, and scraping Web pages and feeds. We will then teach participants how to create their own YQL Open Tables to add any web service and easily provide that data to other YQL users.

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  • Biography

    Tom Hughes-Croucher has been working in the Internet industry since he has been working. He has contributed to a number of standards on Web technology for standards bodies such as the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the British Standards Institute (BSI). More recently he worked in the Digital Music business providing digital music solutions to well known UK brands like Tesco, Three telecom and Channel 4. Tom now works for Yahoo! as a technical evangelist. He promotes open source and Yahoo! technology to the world.