What's YQL? select * from internet
The Yahoo! Query Language (YQL) platform enables developers to query, filter, and combine data across the web. YQL exposes a SQL-like syntax that is both familiar to developers and expressive enough for getting the right data. YQL supports three SQL-like verbs:
SELECT for fetching, combining, filtering and projecting data.
DESC for describing the input fields for a table and other meta information.
SHOW for getting a list of the tables/data sources supported by the language/platform.
The SELECT statement is the primary verb for YQL:
SELECT what FROM table WHERE filter
In addition, YQL also supports several post-query functions like sort and unique.
What are open data tables?
Open Data Tables are XML files that can be "plugged" into the Yahoo! Query Language open platform (YQL). These files describe how the YQL SQL-like language can be mapped onto any web service or source on internet. Once mapped, these data sources can be used by developers in many ways in YQL.
What are community open data tables?
While anyone can develop and share an open data table for YQL, we are encouraging the community of open data table developers to contribute their tables to the open data tables github project. This makes tables much easier to find and share, and try out in the YQL console.