Joe Hewitt resigns from Facebook

Software engineer Joe Hewitt has confirmed his resignation from Facebook. The developer, known for his creation of the Facebook for iPhone app and the Firefox extension Firebug, confirmed his resignation via a blog post. Hewitt spoke positively of his time working for Facebook, but halted development of Facebook for iPhone in 2009, citing problems with how Apple chose to review apps before accepting them. Hewitt says he intends to pour himself "into understanding the needs of modern developers and designers, and creating software to fill those needs". Quite how he intends to do this is unknown, but it is possible that he will develop future extensions for Mozilla Firefox to fulfill tasks, or develop fully-fledged programs.

Hewitt says he intends to become freelance in his blog post, and mentions that he has ideas for many different programs he intends to create; programs for writers, designers, and programmers. His blog's farewell post cites his experience with the Firebug extension:

It's been more than five years since I made Firebug, and though I stopped working on it long ago, I've continued thinking about it nearly every day since. It was probably the most gratifying project I've ever worked on. Knowing that I was helping developers solve hard problems, work more efficiently, and create awesome things gave me an energy and happiness that was unmatched.

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Hopefully, Facebook can find a replacement for this guy and can really update the Facebook iOS app. He did a great job of creating it but it needs constant work.

Dane said,
so will there be no new facebook app for iphone? no new features or updates?

There will be more updates and features added. Joe left the iPhone app's development over a year ago because of his disdain for the Apple process.

bogd said,

There will be more updates and features added. Joe left the iPhone app's development over a year ago because of his disdain for the Apple process.


bogd said,

There will be more updates and features added. Joe left the iPhone app's development over a year ago because of his disdain for the Apple process.

Ahh ok. I was curious. My next phone will be an iphone. I have android now and the facebook app sucks.

bogd said,
There will be more updates and features added. Joe left the iPhone app's development over a year ago because of his disdain for the Apple process.
Right, so the new features that have been added since Joe left, where did they come from?

Mike Brown said,
Right, so the new features that have been added since Joe left, where did they come from?

Non "rock star" developers.

akav0id said,
WHO?

He made the entire Facebook iPhone application pretty much by himself, open sourced lots of the libraries he created for it as well - http://joehewitt.com/post/the-three20-project/

If you're an iPhone developer you would have heard of this guy, and realise how good he is at what he does.

If you have an iPhone you would have noticed the Facebook App hasn't really changed/added new features for ages, this is because Joe stopped developing for it and shows how important he was to it's development.

Programs for writers? That's interesting, I can't think of many features that would help with writing that most word processors don't have. After his work on the Facebook iPhone app, I'll be interested to see what he has in mind.

Mike Brown said,
Programs for writers? That's interesting, I can't think of many features that would help with writing that most word processors don't have. After his work on the Facebook iPhone app, I'll be interested to see what he has in mind.

There are much more than what e.g. Word has to offer, if tailored specifically for writers. A lot has to do with handling characters, research, and so on. Take a look at Scrivener, for example.