"logan" is a Ruby gem constructed to interact with the Basecamp API. Currently on version 0.1.1 at the time of this submission, the gem appears to be well supported and documented, compatible with the new Basecamp API. Though not officially built by Basecamp's provider, 37Signals, "logan" is fully endorsed by Basecamp on their GitHub channel and developer site.
Fog Creek Software has announced the release of HyperDev (beta), a platform that developers can use to build web applications and experiment with front-end and back-end code without having to configure servers, run shell commands, compile files, and complete other extraneous tasks.
Many electrons have been consumed talking about the business and technical benefits of moving to the cloud. At Spanning, we try to apply those same lessons to our daily work in order to produce products at a pace that was not even feasible back in the packaged apps days. This post discusses how we can quickly make imperfect decisions now, that allow us to move forward, learn a little more, then re-evaluate the next set of issues with more context. This is the same model that companies use when they move to the cloud... only pay for the services that you need now.