What is a Class?

Data-Design Dictionary
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The term class originates from a specific field of computer science: object-oriented programming[1]. A class describes what in the context of data-driven generative design is called an idea in the words of Plato. An object is a specific instance arising from the class in the Platonic sense world. An infinite number of objects can be generated from a single class.

[1] Ute Claussen: Konzepte objektorientierter Programmierung, Berlin/Heidelberg 1998, S. 21f.
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