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MATLAB® is a high-level language that includes matrix-based data structures, its own internal data types, an extensive catalog of functions, an environment in which to develop your own functions and scripts, the ability to import and export to many types of data files, object-oriented programming capabilities, and interfaces to external technologies such as COM, Java, programs written in C and Fortran, and serial port devices. This book presents the MATLAB programming features and techniques in the following chapters:
Data Structures
Introduces the basic data structures used in MATLAB: the two-dimensional matrix and multidimensional array (plus scalar, vector, and empty matrices), and describes how to construct and work with these data types.
Data Types
Presents the types of data used in MATLAB: numeric, logicals, characters, dates, structures, cell arrays, function handles, and object-oriented classes.
Basic Program Components
Presents the principal building blocks used in MATLAB programming: variables, keywords, special values, operators, expressions, regular expressions, comma-separated lists, control statements, symbols, and the extensive set of functions provided with MATLAB.
M-File Programming
Describes the overall process of developing programs in MATLAB. This chapter shows you how to work with M-files to create scripts and functions. It describes the various types of functions you can create, how to make calls to functions, handle argument data, and use function handles.
Types of Functions
Describes the various types of functions you can work with in MATLAB. These include the primary function, subfunctions, nested functions, anonymous functions, overloaded functions, and private functions.
Data Import and Export
Explains how to import and export data between MATLAB and the many different types of data files supported by MATLAB (including text, spreadsheet, graphics, and audio/video files, files formatted for scientific data, and files you might want to exchange over the Internet.
Error Handling
Describes how to put error checking into your programs, and how to identify, handle, and possibly recover from errors that occur. It also explains how to use message identifiers to better identify the source of an error, and how to selectively display or ignore warning messages.
Classes and Objects
Presents the MATLAB object-oriented programming capabilities. Classes and objects enable you to add new data types and new operations to MATLAB. This section also includes examples of how to implement well-behaved classes in MATLAB.
Scheduling Program Execution with Timers
Describes how to use the MATLAB Timer object to schedule program execution.
Improving Performance and Memory Usage
Explains techniques you can use to get the best performance and most efficient memory usage from your M-file programs. This includes information on MATLAB tools that measure the performance of your programs and identify where the bottlenecks are, and also advises what to do if you get an "Out of Memory" error.
Programming Tips
Provides a resource for the MATLAB programmer to pick up hints on helpful and time-saving practices. This section covers a wide range of topics, and attempts to address questions often raised by intermediate to experienced MATLAB users.

Related Information

The following sections provide additional information on programming with MATLAB:

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