How to run a default method if a class method is undefined?

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Say I have a class called A.
a=A();
b=A();
If we call foo123(a,5,b,6) and foo123 is not defined, there will be an error.
I'd like to call a default method in the class that will receive the arguments function's name "foo123" and its arguments (a, 5, b and 6) as varargin.
Is there a way to do so?
I have a class that often needs to handle unknown method calls. Having this would make my life much better. Thanks.
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covariant_cat
covariant_cat on 24 Feb 2018
Edited: Guillaume on 24 Feb 2018
It's related to the dynamic methods question https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/59026-is-it-possible-to-dynamically-add-methods-to-an-object-or-to-build-a-generic-method-that-catches-a, where the answer indicates that this feature has been an enhancement request for many years. In my case it's pretty inconvenient to ask the users of my library to call functions with subsref. Is there a possibility to have in future versions of matlab an inheritable built-in class that this functionality (having a default catch-all method if a method undefined) is enabled?

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Benjamin Kraus
Benjamin Kraus on 24 Feb 2018
Edited: Benjamin Kraus on 24 Feb 2018
I don't believe there is any way to do this when using the syntax you describe. However, if you use the dot notation, then you can process arbitrary inputs.
foo123(a,5,b,6); % No way to implement desired behavior
a.foo123(5,b,6); % This can be implemented for arbitrary method names.
You can modify this behavior by overloading subsref on the object.
Read this guide for more information: Code Patterns for subsref and subsasgn Methods.
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covariant_cat
covariant_cat on 24 Feb 2018
Edited: per isakson on 4 Mar 2018
It's related to the dynamic methods question https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/answers/59026-is-it-possible-to-dynamically-add-methods-to-an-object-or-to-build-a-generic-method-that-catches-a, where the answer indicates that this feature has been an enhancement request for many years. In my case it's pretty inconvenient to ask the users of my library to call functions with subsref. Is there a possibility to have in future versions of matlab an inheritable built-in class that this functionality (having a default catch-all method if a method undefined) is enabled?

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