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Toward a program development and documentation toolbox

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16 Mar 2009 (Updated )

...offering important and structured complements to Edit/debug, & Mlint

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Here I don’t provide any code (yet), but I’d like to hear your voice of feedback about what you fellow Matlab developers think.
The more you express enthusiasm, the sooner there will be actual code available for download.
The more you criticize and the more constructive suggestions and comments you post – the better it will be.

Here’s a free idea: How about a program-development blockset? E.g. A bit like the LabView stuff?
And yes, I know about ‘Stateflow’, but it is not quite the same. Or is it?

Which do you think are among the best (most useful) submissions to File Exchange that should make it into such a toolbox.
I have found a couple
e.g. M2HTML: http://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/4039

It is believed that now is the time to turn the power of Matlab onto itself, closing yet another of Hofstadter’s ‘strange loops’, i.e. provide actual tools and functional help to the Matlab developers to address the fundamental challenges of their profession by ‘packaging’ into a toolbox of a set of ideas and codes. These are the product of a wide and international community of Matlab developers, but have been under-exploited and sporadic todate.

References:
Matlab file exchange
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_loop

(To be continued.)

Acknowledgements

Fparser: A Pedestrian M File Parser And Tokenizer and Mgrep inspired this file.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.3 (R2006b)
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08 Sep 2010 per isakson

Hello Nedialko

The other day R2010b appeared. "Variable and Subfunction Highlighting" looks as a nice updated/new feature, however, I had hoped for more new features in the IDE.

Your initiative hasn't raised a lot of respons. The tools in the FEX, which support the IDE, are typically not downloaded many times per month. How come?

I myself doesn't use any IDE-tools from the FEX on a regular basis. I can't tell why really.

One size certainly doesn't fit all! About me:
-- solo developer and Matlab only
-- tries to apply OOD/P
-- support work with explorative analysis of measured data from buildings
-- use the Matlab editor and like mlint a lot (I once tried xemacs, but at that time I stuck with ED from down-under)
-- use a test driven workflow with a home made interactive testing framework

What does it take to make IDE-tools successful on the FEX?

Wishlist:
-- project manager - switch between sets of open files, search paths, ...
-- picklists containing names from my own classes - long descriptive names
-- refactoring tool - rename, move code into a package, ...
-- tool to make class diagrams (UML)

/ per

03 Nov 2009 Nedialko

Hello Cristian,
It is a nice surprise to see your note at fileexchange.
I hadn't been around here for a while, so I didn't see it until now.

My idea was to provide a couple of develop/debug tools packaged in a separate toolbox.
Some fairly unsophisticated things are surprisingly still missing even in the latest Matlab releases.

One such thing is matching 'begin' & 'end' blocks of code.
Emacs does it, but ...
a. not everebody uses it
b. it's hard to configure right for the novice

So I developed a Matlab function to do the same - it could be part of, say - I style-checker which goes beyond my ambition, but is no doubrt useful: the world is full of half-literate 'research' code, documented in 'chinese-like' Ingilish ;-)

Another very useful and yet again 'not-a-priority-for-mathworks' tool would be a good call-tree generator. fileexchange has seen a couple of really 'pedestrian' ones, whose output is hardly intelligent and overwhelming in its flow of less useful details.

Would be nice to hear from you, if ever.
Ned.

P.S. I had submitted a toolbox proposal to Mathworks. Then after a long time I got contacted by some female pencil pusher, who said that I had to register a business to be entitled support and further interest from them. So the idea fell right down the stack of my numerous priorities.

04 Jun 2009 Cristian Pirnog

I'm not sure if this is what you mean by 'development toolbox', but I've been thinking for some time to write a checkstyle tool (for checking that the coding conventions are followed by everyone).
Another nice thing to have would be a better IDE (like Eclipse, for example), where one can easily refactor code (at least, rename functions and variables).
And yes, I'm also using XEmacs for development :)

Updates
18 Mar 2009

The .HTML was missing 2 crucial figures, so I change it to .PDF

18 Mar 2009

Subst. the HTML doc with a PDF

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