Last week, John J. Barton announced that he has left IBM and the Firebug project and joined Google. John has been leading Firebug for quite some time and he has made a huge contribution there. It’s hard to overstate how important Firebug has been and still is in the world of web development, and John has been a large part of that history.
The departure of Firebug’s leader has raised questions in some people’s minds about the future of the project. Back in May, I explained the relationship between Firebug and Mozilla’s developer tools group. What I wrote there is still relevant today: Firebug remains an important and vibrant independent project. Mozilla directly supports Firebug both through work on the platform that Firebug depends on as well as work on Firebug itself.
Jan (Honza) Odvarko works in the Mozilla Developer Tools group and is the new leader of Firebug. Honza has been working on Firebug for a long time and has been the release manager for the past few releases. The Firebug project is continuing to move forward without a break with the release of 1.8b6 last week and this week’s planned 1.8 final release. Honza has plans for interesting new features in Firebug 1.9 so stay tuned or, even better, get involved!
Firebug has many awesome features built up over a period of years and is a favorite tool for more than 2.5 million web developers. If you’ve never tried Firebug before, you’re in for a treat: it’s a powerful and comprehensive tool for web developers. If you’re already a Firebug user, keep an eye out because the Firebug project has more good things to come.
Best of luck to John in his future endeavors and to the Honza and the rest of the Firebug team for their continuing adventure!
– Kevin Dangoor, Developer Tools Product Manager