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The runtime database is a resident, active cache of COLLADA elements. This cache is based on C++ COLLADA elements handed to the cache by the COLLADA backend.

Querying Documents

Three functions allow you to query for and iterate over documents in the runtime database:

  • daeDatabase::getDocumentCount
  • daeDatabase::getDocument
  • daeDatabase::isDocumentLoaded

The following function removes a document from the runtime database. Removing a document removes the root element and subsequently the entire element heirarchy from the database:

  • daeDatabase::removeDocument

Creating New Documents

You can use the COLLADA DOM to create a set of elements, add them to an empty database, and write the database to a COLLADA instance document. To do this, you need to ensure that you have a database created for use. When calling DAE::load or DAE::saveAs, the COLLADA DOM creates the default database and backend to use for those operations. If you start by creating data from scratch then you must ensure that there is a backend and a database created for use. To create and use the default database and backend, call


Each document in the COLLADA DOM requres a domCOLLADA element as the root element for the document. These functions create a domCOLLADA root element automatically:

  • daeDatabase::insertDocument(daeString, daeDocument**)
  • daeDatabase::createDocument(daeString, daeDocument**)

These functions allow you to pass in an existing domCOLLADA element to be used for the document root:

  • daeDatabase::insertDocument(daeString, daeElement*, daeDocument**)
  • daeDatabase::createDocument(daeString, daeElement*, daeDocument**)

These functions create a daeDocument and insert it into the database. The document created is returned in the last argument:

  • daeDatabase::insertDocument(daeString, daeDocument**)
  • daeDatabase::insertDocument(daeString, daeElement*, daeDocument**)

The daeDatabase::createDocument functions allow you to create a new COLLADA document without inserting it into the database. You can later call daeDatabase::insertDocument( daeDocument *c ) to insert the document into the database.

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