C++ Pioneer Stanley Lippman Joins Microsoft’s Developer Division

REDMOND, Wash., Oct. 19, 2001 — Stanley Lippman, one of the pioneers of the C++ computer programming language, has joined Microsoft as an architect in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Group. Lippman joins a world-renowned developer organization that includes the talents of key technology architect Anders Hejlsberg, inventor of Turbo Pascal and C#. Lippman will engage in product planning and design efforts for Visual C++ .NET, Microsoft’s language for building powerful .NET and Windows applications.

“Stan Lippman’s extensive background with C++ and his stature in the developer community will certainly help drive the direction and strategy for Visual C++ to the next level,” said Eric Rudder, senior vice president of Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism Group.

Lippman brings over a decade of experience with Bell Laboratories, where he worked with Bjarne Stroustrup on early releases of CFront, Bjarne’s early implementation of C++. Recently, he served as an independent consultant and trainer for C++ and C#. Lippman has also worked as a columnist and conference speaker, was editor of the C++ Report for four years, and is the author of several widely read books on the C++ language, including “Inside the Object Model” and “C++ Primer,” now in its third edition.

“Through my conversations with the Visual C++ team, it became clear to me that Microsoft is committed to making Visual C++ .NET the best implementation of the language in the industry,” Lippman said. “I am convinced that C++ plays a critical role in Microsoft’s .NET initiative, and I look forward to achieving that goal.”

Earlier in his career, Lippman led the development team on the delivery of CFront 2.1 and 3.0, and was a member of Stroustrup’s Foundation Research Project. In 1994, Lippman joined Walt Disney Feature Animation’s Core Technology Group where he served as a software technical director on the “Firebird” segment of “Fantasia 2000.” He then joined DreamWorks Feature Animation in a similar role. Lippman’s other movie credits include “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and “Mulan.”

Lippman will be at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference 2001 from Oct. 22 through Oct. 26 to speak with attendees and give technical presentation sessions on C++.

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