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The C++ interface is a object oriented API to BRL-CAD's core libraries around librt. The target users are developers of applications which use BRL-CAD libraries.
Furthermore, this interface should be a good reference to the use of BRL-CAD's standard C interface, although a higher level interface should also be available.
I.e., source code using this interface should not need to include any other BRL-CAD header file (nor TCL, openNURBS, ...).
As a consequence, the interface will hide implementation details. Therefore the implementation can be changed without affecting an application using this interface.
The ConstDatabase class provides a handle to read-only database content.
If it is associated with a file the file will be opened read-only. I.e. multiple instances of this class can refer to the same file.
The Database class is a virtual class which declares a handle to a writable database. It is derived from ConstDatabase and expanded by methods to modify the database's content.
The FileDatabase class provides a handle to writable file-based database derived from Database.
The MemoryDatabase class provides a handle to writable in-memory database derived from Database.
The Object class is the base class of all database objects (e.g. primitives etc.).