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Database tool turns to Java

WebSeQueL lets users run queries and build reports from corporate databases over the Web.

Infospace today introduced a new tool that adds cutting-edge Web-based data access to the average corporate database.

WebSeQueL is a Java-based database query and reporting tool that lets users cull information from corporate databases. The tool runs in standard Web browsers that support Java and allows users to run queries, build reports, and chart and graph corporate information, such as sales and marketing data, stored in relational databases.

Data reporting is among the most basic of information systems applications, although it typically requires specialized software to be installed by support personnel on each user's PC. Using tools like WebSeQueL, IS managers can give many users access to corporate databases through standard Web browsers without specialized software. WebSeQueL is yet another example of how the Internet presents itself as a cheap, straightforward way to build groupware--that is, a way to make information available across platforms.

WebSeQueL runs on intranet servers and downloads a Java applet to users' desktops when they request data reports or queries. The tool generates all necessary commands on the server in standard structured query language (SQL). A SQL dialect for Oracle databases is supported in the first release of the tool. Support for Sybase and Informix Software will be added in future versions, the company said.

Reports can be viewed, saved, and delivered in a variety of formats, including Java charts and tables, HTML, .GIF, VRML, and Microsoft Excel.

The tool ships in two versions: a standard version for distribution to end users which is priced at $49 per user, and WebSeQueL Gold designer, which includes an SQL editor for fine-tuning of queries, priced at $395 per user.