Walter Bright graduated from Caltech in 1979 with a degree in mechanical engineering. He worked for Boeing for 3 years on the development of the 757 stabilizer trim system. He then switched to writing software, in particular compilers, and has been writing them ever since.

Walter has written, from front to back, compilers for C, C++, Javascript, Java, and the D programming language. He is the principal architect for the D programming language.