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Bright at ACCU 2009
|Born||c. 1957 (age 61–62)|
|Education||Caltech (BS, 1979)|
|Known for||D (programming language), Empire|
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.
Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering. While at university he wrote the Empire wargame for the PDP-10 mainframe; it was completed in 1977.
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 Journal.
- "The Next Big Programming Language You've Never Heard Of". Wired.
- 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
- Bright, Walter (2000). "A Brief History of Empire". Walter Bright's Empire website.
- "Lang.NEXT 2012 Expert Panel: Native Languages" Lang.Next
- Walter Bright home page
- Computerworld Interview with Walter Bright on D Programming Language
- Walter Bright (8 April 2014). "How I Came to Write D". Dr. Dobb's Journal.