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MKXLSFUNC: Easily integrate legacy spreadsheet tools into MATLAB

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19 Feb 2013 (Updated )

Creates an m-file function that does analysis within your specified Excel-based analysis tool.

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Often a very useful and complicated spreadsheet tool is available, and mkxlsfunc takes the overhead out of integrating the tool into the rest of your MATLAB code by generating an m-file function that automatically writes inputs to the spreadsheet and reads the outputs.
  
[h,nargin,nargout] = mkxlsfunc(functionName,xlsFile,inputRange,outputRange,sheet,overwrite)
    
The newly-created function, when provided with too few or no inputs, will use default values as determined by the contents of the xls input cells at the time of the function creation.

MKXLSFUNC is also a great function for Excel addicts who want to do most of their tool development in Excel. It's also great for the colleagues of Excel addicts.

Acknowledgements

Xlswrite1 and Function For Faster Data Transfer Matlab < > Excel inspired this file.

MATLAB release MATLAB 8.1 (R2013a)
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Updates
20 Feb 2013

minor cleanups, more helpful example

20 Mar 2013

updated help and example file; changed vertcat to catch invalid inputs; added arrayfun to help block and example file

04 Apr 2013

formatting of function help block and generated function help block
turned example file into a published file
default for empty functionName now taken from file name

21 May 2013

help, error checking, more path support, style

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