Walter Bright

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Walter Bright
Bright at ACCU 2009
Bornc. 1957 (age 64–65)
EducationCaltech (BS, 1979)
Known forD (programming language)

Walter G. Bright is an American computer programmer who created the D programming language,[1][2] the Zortech C++ compiler, and the Empire computer game.

Bright was the main developer of the Zortech C++ compiler (later becoming Symantec C++, now Digital Mars C++), which was the first C++ compiler to translate source code directly to object code without using C as an intermediate.[3] Before designing the C++ compiler, he developed the Datalight C compiler, also sold as Zorland C and later Zortech C.[4]


Bright is the son of the United States Air Force pilot Charles D. Bright.[5][6] He taught himself computer programming from the type-in programs in BASIC Computer Games.[7]

Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering.[8] While at university he wrote the Empire wargame for the PDP-10 mainframe, completing it in 1977.[9] Walter Bright is married to Trish Bright.[10]

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.[11] Walter regularly writes scientific and magazine articles about compilers and programming[12] and was a blogger for Dr. Dobb's Journal.[13]

Around 2014, Bright wrote Warp, a fast C/C++ preprocessor written in D, for Facebook.[14][15][1]


  1. ^ a b Cade Metz (7 July 2014). "The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of". Wired.
  2. ^ "Ruminations on D: An Interview with Walter Bright". 30 August 2016.
  3. ^ Loder, Wolfgang (26 November 2016). Introduction. Erlang and Elixir for Imperative Programmers. Apress. p. xvii. ISBN 9781484223949.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Bright, Walter (2021). "on: The Complexity of a WW II P-47 Thunderbolt's Powerplant".
  6. ^ "The Jetmakers".
  7. ^ Bright, Walter (2021-09-18). "Basic Computer Games (1978)". Hacker News. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  8. ^ Bright, Walter (2020). "on: An aerospace engineer explains fireworks".
  9. ^ Bright, Walter (2000). "A Brief History of Empire". Walter Bright's Empire website.
  10. ^ Bengel, Erick (2016-06-30). "Museum of Whimsy Shares Its Treasures". The Daily Astorian. p. 1. Archived from the original on 2021-09-26. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  11. ^ "Lang.NEXT 2012 Expert Panel: Native Languages" Lang.Next
  12. ^ "The D Programming Language Conference 2017". D Language Foundation. 2017. Archived from the original on 2020-08-15. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  13. ^ Binstock, Andrew (2014-12-16). "Farewell, Dr. Dobb's". Dr. Dobb's Journal. Archived from the original on 2021-09-26. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  14. ^ Larabel, Michael (2014-03-31). "Warp: Facebook Open-Sources A Super Fast C/C++ Pre-Processor". Phoronix. Archived from the original on 2020-11-24. Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  15. ^ Alexandrescu, Andrei (2014-03-28). "Under the Hood: warp, a fast C and C++ preprocessor". Facebook. Archived from the original on 2021-03-05. Retrieved 2021-09-26.

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