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The Object of My Callback

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(object references with Matlab timers)

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How can I have a timer whose callback points to an object? (For example, invokes a method on a particular instance of a user-defined class - possibly, the instance that 'hosts' the timer, when the timer serves as the object's 'heartbeat').

The solution I came up with employs Singleton pattern to create and access multiple instances, identifies those by id's, and hard-codes the id's into timer callbacks. (As a shortcut, sample class Widget identifies id with an 'existing' property, Color - now, no two widgets of the same color can be created - but this is not necessary, and 'getInstance' is easy to modify). Things get more complicated when one handles deletion of singletons, which included code does not do.

Is there a simpler way?

Acknowledgements

Scrolling Display inspired this file.

This file inspired Order Book Simulation.

MATLAB release MATLAB 7.7 (R2008b)
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