Google has invited developers to participate in Developer Preview Releases for the Visualization API
I just came across one of the most useful posts on developer.force.com that I have ever seen:
Full instructions (along with a best-practice) on deploying quickly from one org to another using the Eclipse IDE.
Read it at http://wiki.apexdevnet.com/index.php/Deploy_Force.com_Applications_Faster. You’ll be glad you did.
Google Docs has templates, and those of us using Google Apps with our Salesforce org (which should be almost everyone, since it’s free and easy to use) can design company-wide templates. This, combined with Google Docs’ super collaborative features, should make things much easier for consultants.
Google just released its Google Data APIs Java Client Eclipse Plug-in, which seems to have great possibilities for developing in Google. Combined with the Force.com Toolkit for Google Data APIs, it could go even further.