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Find files of specific class

Asked by Etienne Coetzee on 8 Dec 2011
Hi Folks
I am building a user interface and have model objects of a specific class. The model name is defined as a property in the file. How can i find all the class files on the path and then populate a dropdown menu with the available model names in a popupmenu.
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Etienne

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Answer by Daniel Shub
on 9 Dec 2011

I don't think you can. You might be able to recursively check all the files and @ directories on the path for files with the first code line being something like:
classdef XXX < otherSuperClass & mySuperClass & anotherSuperClass
You also would then need to check for
classdef YYY < XXX
This of course does not mean that XXX or YYY is actually a valid class. There also could be files that look like:
str = 'classdef XXX < otherSuperClass & mySuperClass & anotherSuperClass'
In fact a function that searches for theses classes well likely have such a line. This will make it hard to do the parsing.
There may also be dynamic ways of defining the classes which will be even harder to catch.
A better way may be for the user to have to register the class so the GUI knows about it ...

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