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Use .NET Events in MATLAB

These examples use the addlistener function to handle .NET events with MATLAB® callbacks.

Monitor Changes to .TXT File

This example uses the System.IO.FileSystemWatcher class in the System assembly to monitor changes to a .TXT file in the C:\work\temp folder. Create the following event handler, eventhandlerChanged.m:

function eventhandlerChanged(source,arg)
disp('TXT file changed')

Create a FileSystemWatcher object fileObj and watch the Changed event for files with a .txt extension in the folder C:\work\temp.

file = System.IO.FileSystemWatcher('c:\work\temp');
file.Filter = '*.txt';
file.EnableRaisingEvents = true;

If you modify and save a .txt file in the C:\work\temp folder, MATLAB displays:

TXT file changed

The FileSystemWatcher documentation says that a simple file operation can raise multiple events.

To turn off the event handler, type:

file.EnableRaisingEvents = false;

Monitor Changes to Windows Form ComboBox

This example shows how to listen for changes to values in a ComboBox on a Windows® Form. This example uses the SelectedValueChanged event defined by the System.Windows.Forms.ComboBox class.

To create this example, you must build a Windows Forms Application using a supported version of Microsoft® Visual Studio®.

  • Search the Microsoft MSDN® website for information about Windows Forms Applications.

  • For an up-to-date list of supported compilers, see Supported and Compatible Compilers.

Create a 64-bit Windows Forms Application, myForm, in your C:\work folder. Add a ComboBox control to Form1, and then add one or more items to ComboBox1. Build the application.

To add a listener to the form property, create the following MATLAB class, EnterComboData, which uses the attachListener method.

classdef EnterComboData < handle
    function x = EnterComboData
        x.form = myForm.Form1;
    function r = attachListener(x)
        % create listener
        r = addlistener(
    function anyChange(~,~,~)
        % listener action if comboBox changes
        disp('Field updated')

To execute the following MATLAB commands, you must create and load the application named myForm.exe. To create a form and call its attachListener method, use the EnterComboData class.

form = EnterComboData;

To trigger an event, select an item from the drop-down menu on the ComboBox. MATLAB displays:

Field updated

See Also

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