I have said it again and again and I will keep on saying it: I am a hacker, a tweaker, a fiddler, and so on. And Google has just come up with one of the most hackable Web API I have seen in years! All it does, essentially, is to allow you to chart data on a Web site, but it does so very nicely using a REST API.
Suppose I want to create a bar chart made of the values 10, 58 and 95. The following URI (all on one line) will display the desired image:
And the net result is this:
If you are a Unix hacker, then Google just invented the Web equivalent to gnuplot.
Update: Paul has some crazy plots! Here is one I like:
(In other news, Michael reports on Paperspine, a service where you can get books delivered to your home à la Netflix. I wonder whether they will invest as much as Netflix does on recommender systems? )