Walter Bright

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Walter Bright
Bright at ACCU 2009
Bornc. 1957 (age 63–64)
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 first C++ compiler to translate source code directly to object code without using C as an intermediate,[citation needed] 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]


Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering.[4] While at university he wrote the Empire wargame for the PDP-10 mainframe; it was completed in 1977.[5]

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

He was hired by Facebook[when?] to write a fast C/C++ preprocessor in D.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Cade Metz (7 July 2014). "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. ^ Bright, Walter (2020). "on: An aerospace engineer explains fireworks".
  5. ^ Bright, Walter (2000). "A Brief History of Empire". Walter Bright's Empire website.
  6. ^ "Lang.NEXT 2012 Expert Panel: Native Languages" Lang.Next

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