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Bright at ACCU 2009
|Born||c. 1957 (age 59–60)|
|Education||Caltech (BS, 1979)|
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. 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.
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. Walter regularly writes scientific and magazine articles about compilers and programming and was a blogger for Dr. Dobb's. He also provides training in compiler development techniques.
- "The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of | WIRED". www.wired.com.
- 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
- "Lang.NEXT 2012 Expert Panel: Native Languages" Lang.Next
- Bright, Walter (2000). "A Brief History of Empire". Walter Bright's Empire website.