What are your partitioning recommendations for an SSD. Assuming a 60G SSD. I'm currently thinking along the lines of.
sda1: 4GB - FAT32
sda2: 20GB - /home
sda3: 30GB - /data
sda4: 4GB - Linux Swap
Maybe overkill but only paid $48 for a 60GB SATA III drive after rebates.
Is the Pi going to benefit from that much swap space
Yes... And No.
If you are running so much on the Pi that it needs to swap and you give it swap, then it will swap. And become frustratingly slow in the process.
Really, if you're running such big applications that you need swap, then the Pi is not the right device.
A little bit of swap can make some difference though as Linux will (eventually) swap out programs that are not in-use, freeing up memory for disk/file buffers and so on.
As for the partitioning - You're wasting 4GB on the FAT32 partition, and although it pains me to say this (because I've been a firm believer in using partitions on hard drives for the past 30 years), your probably better off with less partitions for this sort of application - even to the extent of just having 2 - one for the FAT23 boot partition and one for everything else - then you can make swap a file rather than a partition which is slightly more flexible.
If experimenting with distros then possibly multiple partitions, one for /home and one for each distro, so the /home is shared with all your own data.