Jef Raskin holding a model of the
|Died||February 26, 2005 (aged 61)|
|Spouse(s)||Linda S. Blum (m. 1982; 3 children)|
Jef Raskin (born Jeff Raskin; March 9, 1943 – February 26, 2005) was an American
Jef Raskin was born in
Raskin later enrolled in a graduate music program at the
Along with his undergraduate student Jonathan (Jon) Collins, Raskin developed the Flow Programming Language for use in teaching programming to the art and humanities students. The language was first used at the Humanities Summer Training Institute held in 1970 at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. The language has only 6 instructions (
if it is ' ' then, and
stop) and can not manipulate numbers. The language utilizes "typing amplification" in which only the first letter is typed and the computer provides the balance of the instruction eliminating typing errors. It was also the basis for programming classes taught by Raskin and Collins in the UCSD Visual Arts Department.
Raskin curated several art shows including one featuring his collection of unusual toys. It was during this period that he changed the spelling of his name from "Jeff" to "Jef" after having met Jon Collins and liking the lack of extraneous letters.
Raskin occasionally wrote for computer publications, such as