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Bright at ACCU 2009
|Born||c. 1957 (age 55–56)|
|Education||Caltech (BS, 1979)|
Walter Bright is a computer programmer known for being the designer of the D programming language. He was also the main developer of the first C++ compiler that translated directly to object without going via C, Zortech C++ (later to become Symantec C++, now Digital Mars C++). Before the C++ compiler, he developed the Datalight C compiler, also sold as Zorland C and later Zortech C. He is also known for Empire, one of the first strategy computer games, written in 1971–1977 on a PDP-10.
1. The D programming language
- Digital Mars D compiler
- D Programming Language Specification
2. C and C++ compilers:
- Digital Mars C++
- Symantec C++
- Zortech C++ (the first native C++ compiler)
- Zorland C
- Datalight C
- Northwest Software C
3. Empire the Wargame of the Century:
- The first and often imitated classic strategic computer wargame.
4. ABEL: Advanced Boolean Expression Language compiler
- Walter designed this language in the 80's for Data I/O , there are now an estimated 50,000 users of it
- Walter is the primary author of Sun's ECMA 262 Script engine .
1. Dr. Dobb's Author
2. D Programming Language Specification
3. C/C++ User's Journal May 2004, "Nested Functions"
4. SDWest 2004, The D Programming Language
5. Dr. Dobb's Mar 2004 pg. 36, "Collection Enumeration: Loops, Iterators, & Nested Functions" by Walter Bright and Matthew Wilson
6. Dr. Dobb's Feb 2002, "The D Programming Language"
7. The C Users Journal, Jul 1990, pg. 37 Virtual Memory For 640K MS-DOS
8. Micro Cornucopia, Mar 1990 pg. 21 "Debugging C Pointers Using MEM"
9. Micro Cornucopia Jan 1989 pg. 26 "The Secrets Of Compiler Optimization"
- "The Dobbs Code Talk Gurus". Dr Dobb's Journal. Retrieved 2009-04-29.
- Johnston, Stuart (Jun 10, 1991). "Zortech Simplifies 32-Bit DOS with C++ Compilers". InfoWorld (Menlo Park, CA: InfoWorld Publishing) 13 (23): p. 22. ISSN 0199-6649. "said Walter Bright, Zortech's directory of technology
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