Jasper was developed in a smoke-filled back room in the
Oregon State University as a spin-off
Terra Cognita Project
and too much Sumatra Gayo Mountain coffee. Originally intended as a
good excuse to
play with learn about and demonstrate
Web tools, it became apparent that implementation
of Jasper might actually help sustain the author's intended
laziness and fondness for opaque beverages.
Code-named PageBuilder during the design phase, a name that smacks of all of the originality of William Shatner's acting except without the need for a hair-piece, Jasper was the first name of a fictional professor whose web page was used to prototype and test the early programs. If you are really curious and have way too much time on your hands, you can see his web page here.
As if further testament against heavy drinking were needed, this time ArizonaTM Green Tea with Ginseng and Honey, the name Jasper was suggested by a co-conspirator, as an alternative to PageBuilder. Seizing the chance to kiss up to co-workers, I used the opportunity to quietly relinquish PageBuilder to the history books, along with other failed product names like Barfy Brand Dog Biscuits, Dead-Eye BB Guns, and Spam.
You can also read what the critics are saying about Jasper.