Walter Bright

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Walter Bright
Bright at ACCU 2009
Bornc. 1957 (age 61–62)
EducationCaltech (BS, 1979)
Known forD

Walter Bright is an American computer programmer and the creator of the D programming language.[1][2]

Bright was the main developer of the first C++ compiler to translate source code directly to object code without using C as an intermediate, and Zortech C++ (later becoming Symantec C++, now Digital Mars C++). Before designing the C++ compiler, he developed the Datalight C compiler, also sold as Zorland C and later Zortech C.[3] He is also known for Empire, one of the first strategy computer games, written in 1971–1977 on a PDP-10. He was hired by Facebook to write warp (a fast C/C++ preprocessor) written in D.[1]


Walter Bright is the creator of the D programming language. He has implemented compilers for several other languages, and is considered an expert in many areas related to compiler technology.[4] Walter regularly writes scientific and magazine articles about compilers and programming and was a blogger for Dr. Dobb's Journal. He also provides training in compiler development techniques.

Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.[citation needed]


In addition to creating the D programming language, Bright also created the Empire wargame,[5] and various C, C++ and D compilers through Digital Mars, a software company owned by Bright.


  1. ^ a b "The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of | WIRED".
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  3. ^ Johnston, Stuart (Jun 10, 1991). "Zortech Simplifies 32-Bit DOS with C++ Compilers". InfoWorld. Vol. 13 no. 23. Menlo Park, CA: InfoWorld Publishing. p. 22. ISSN 0199-6649. "said Walter Bright, Zortech's directory of technology
  4. ^ "Lang.NEXT 2012 Expert Panel: Native Languages" Lang.Next
  5. ^ Bright, Walter (2000). "A Brief History of Empire". Walter Bright's Empire website.

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