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How can i create a standard matlab template for new programs

Asked by DoVile Last Name: on 15 Dec 2012
Latest activity Edited by Sayyed Ahmad on 18 Jun 2018
I like to have the same layout of my code every time i create a new program, at the moment i just copy and paste an .m file. But is there any way it start with the following comments and code each time i make a new file matlab file ?
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% Description:
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% Author: Thor P. Nielsen
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% Date: XX-XX-20XX
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% Comment:
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% Tests run:
clear; close; clc
ps. if you have any suggestions for more "stuff" i could/should include in every programme please let me know :)

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I creat some function which is called: CLASS_Template.m and used some KEY_CLASSNAME as a key in this template.
{
%codes of CLASS_Template:
classdef test
properties (SetAccess='public', GetAccess='public')
prop;
end
properties (SetAccess='private', GetAccess='public')
end
properties(SetAccess='private', GetAccess='private')
end
methods
function o=test(varargin)
switch nargin
case 1
o.prop = varargin{1};
otherwise
error('the number of input proprties doesn''t macht.')
end
end
function display(o)
disp('<a href="matlab: helpwin test">test properties:</a>')
disp(o.prop);
end
function disp(o)
display(o)
end
function help(o)
helpwin test
end
end
end
}
in the second file called CreateClass would the Key replaced with the className.
{
function CreateClass(varargin)
classname = varargin{1};
dirname = ['@' classname];
str_date=datestr(date,'dd.mmm.yyyy');
[status,message,messageid]=mkdir(dirname);
pause(1);
fid = fopen('/Path_to_Template/CLASS_Template.m');
F = fread(fid, '*char')';
fclose(fid);
F=strrep(F, 'KEY_CLASSNAME', classname);
F=strrep(F, 'KEY_DATE', str_date);
cd([pwd '\' dirname]);
fid = fopen([classname '.m'], 'w');
fwrite(fid, F);
fclose(fid);
open([classname '.m'])
end
}
Now you can run the following command
{
>>CreateClass test
}
Depending on your needs you could have more than one key.
I hope you have your answer.
cheers! Ahmad

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2 Answers

Answer by Matt Fig
on 15 Dec 2012
Edited by Matt Fig
on 15 Dec 2012
 Accepted Answer

You could put that code in an m-file then use COPYFILE to copy it to a new m-file, including the intended name.
Say your above template is saved as func_template.m and you want to make a new function named myfunc.m. Save this:
function [] = make_fun(V)
copyfile('func_template.m',V)
edit(V)
Then from the command line:
>> make_fun('myfunc.m')

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Where would i have to save
function [] = make_fun(V)
copyfile('func_template.m',V)
edit(V)
?
seems like a good solution but i dont quite get this point
In it's own function m-file. In other words, type:
edit
then when the new window pops up, paste in only that code and save it. So basically you will have the template file and the above, seperate file that copies the template to a new file whenever you want.
Thank you Matt, works perfectly!

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Answer by Image Analyst
on 15 Dec 2012

Here are some lines of code that you might consider putting at the top of your test scripts. Pick and choose which you want:
clc; % Clear the command window.
close all; % Close all figures (except those of imtool.)
imtool close all; % Close all imtool figures if you have the Image Processing Toolbox.
clear; % Erase all existing variables. Or clearvars if you want.
workspace; % Make sure the workspace panel is showing.
format longg;
format compact;
% Change the current folder to the folder of this m-file.
if(~isdeployed)
cd(fileparts(which(mfilename)));
end
% Check that user has the Image Processing Toolbox installed.
hasIPT = license('test', 'image_toolbox');
if ~hasIPT
% User does not have the toolbox installed.
message = sprintf('Sorry, but you do not seem to have the Image Processing Toolbox.\nDo you want to try to continue anyway?');
reply = questdlg(message, 'Toolbox missing', 'Yes', 'No', 'Yes');
if strcmpi(reply, 'No')
% User said No, so exit.
return;
end
end

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Don't ever put clear or clc at the top of your test scripts. You'll regret it some day (or someone you work with will regret it). If you need a clean workspace, put the test in a function.

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