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> Date: Tue, 05 Aug 2014 11:10:05 -0400
> From: Christopher Sean Morrison <brlcad@mac.com>
> Subject: Re: [brlcad-devel] Interest in contributing to brlcad
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> On Aug 5, 2014, at 6:56 AM, Djimeli Konrad wrote:
>
> > Hello
> >
> >             My name is Djimeli Konrad and i am interested in
> contributing to the open source through brlcad. I am primarily a c/c++
> programmer from Africa and would like to work on any of the brlcad geometry
> converters. Presently i am doing some research on how import and export
> work but i can not really decide on weather to improve any of the existing
> converter or create a new one among those on the ideas page, since i do not
> fully understand the concept and also my limitation. I would be glad to get
> any pointer that would help facilitate my understanding of this aspect and
> i am willing to dedicate the rest of my summer holiday to learn more about
> brlcad and especially file import and export as it seem to be something
> very interesting to work on.
>
> Hi Konrad and welcome!  Glad to hear about your interests.  Working on
> converters is actually a high priority for us right now because we're
> creating a new geometry conversion library that can be embedded into
> applications external to BRL-CAD.  This requires improving our existing
> converters and implementing new ones.
>
> To get started, I would recommend first extending / improving one of our
> existing converters.  It's harder to read code than to write code, but that
> will give a much better understanding of how our converters work.  It will
> also better prepare you for writing a new converter, should you attempt
> that as well.
>
> A simple task to begin with would be to make any existing converter
> convert all top-level objects by default.  Currently, you specify which
> file (e.g., myfile.g) and which object(s) to convert (e.g., object1 and
> object2), so when you run something like g-stl, the usage looks like this:
>
> Usage: g-stl [-bvi8] [-xX lvl] [-P num_cpus] [-a abs_tess_tol] [-r
> rel_tess_tol] [-n norm_tess_tol] [-D dist_calc_tol] [-o
> output_file_name.stl | -m directory_name] brlcad_db.g object(s)
>
> And a typical use would be:
>
> g-stl -o myfile.stl myfile.g object1 object2
>
> You could make it work so that you don't have to specify any objects:
>
> g-stl -o myfile.stl myfile.g
>
> This would convert all top-level object(s).  To make that work, you'll
> probably want to use the db_ls() function (e.g., something like db_ls(dbip,
> DB_LS_TOPS, &paths); will get a list of objects).  The converters are in
> the src/conv directory.  You can see db_ls in use in the src/libged
> directory.
>
> Cheers!
> Sean
>

Hi Sean

     I just submitted a patch  on g-stl conversion i wish you review it let me know if that is what you expected, so could either refine my work or move on to the other converters.

Cheers!
Konrad