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Improvement of syntax highlighting for FORTRAN MEX files (using an external editor like GEDIT)


Updated 25 Jun 2009

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I always use an external text editor to write MEX files; because MATLAB's internal editor doesn't give you syntax highlighting on FORTRAN code.

Here, I've improved the editor I use (GEDIT) to highlight (in addition to the usual fortran syntax) all mx* and mex* functions which can be called from a fortran MEX file.

So, for example, when I make a call to 'mxGetPr' from my fortran code, this is highlighted in Orange. It gives me a better sense of whereabouts in the code I am - which can be difficult if, like me, you're a little unfamiliar with the way mex files work.

I also added 'mwPointer', 'mwSize', and 'mwIndex' to the 'Types' list in fortran, so they're highlighted in green, the same as standard fortran declarations (REAL*4, etc).

I'm not an expert, but will try to help with any bugs - and will be glad to add in any improvements.

Hopefully, this won't be used straight-out of the box, (it won't work for all editors) but will enthuse you all to go out and customise your editors for yourselves :)

** Disclaimer ** These are specific instructions for GEDIT and similar editors - it won't work for things like MS Visual Studio etc etc, but might inspire and teach you how to customise other editors. Good luck!

Comments and Ratings (1)

Works well with windows after I put the files in the appropriate folders


25 June 2009 - Checked support for windows based gedit installations - works flawlessly.

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Created with R2008a
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