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CONST structure

version 1.3 (9.48 KB) by Rody Oldenhuis
STRUCT with immutable fields

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Updated 02 May 2020

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MATLAB's flexible nature is very convenient in most situations. However, this flexibility can also be the cause of hard-to-find bugs.
In many cases, it is desirable to have a data type which is CONST. That is, a datatype which cannot be changed after the first assignment. MATLAB has seen heavy criticism due to its lack of a CONST data type. Although the basic functionality of CONST variables can be achieved through a class with constant properties, that approach leaves much to be desired.

That is where this file comes in. It implements all the functionality of a basic, scalar MATLAB structure, but after a field has been added and assigned a value, that field can no longer be changed.

That means, it strikes a middle ground by offering the flexibility of adding fields dynamically, but disallowing *changing* of fields values.

A simple example session:

C = const; % empty const
C.myField = 'test'; % first assignment; OK
C.myField = 4; % ERROR!

Much more is possible; have a look at the function documentation inside const.m for more information.

Cite As

Rody Oldenhuis (2021). CONST structure (https://github.com/rodyo/FEX-const/releases/tag/v1.3), GitHub. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2010a
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