The Matlab code inspector is similar to the Simulink Code Inspector in that it can help you determine how your program responds to a series of inputs. However, unlike the Code Inspector, Matlab does not offer much assistance in determining how to handle graphical interfaces or programs that contain both a graphical user interface and interactions with the outside world. You will still need to write both the interface and the other programs. This means that Matlab’s limited code inspector will help you keep your code organized and to see what it does.
If you are working with matrix equations, the Matlab Code Inspector can help you find the input and output that are required for the equations. In general, you should define an array of matrix variables and then add the input values to each variable. This creates an array of matrix variables which you can use to populate the arrays of matrix variables needed by your equations.
Matlab also offers code editor tools for assigning labels and captions to variables and for adding captions to groups of variables. The Code Editor toolbar, accessed through the “CTRL+ALT+M” keys, allows you to add labels and captions to variables. While the toolbar is the most helpful tool, you can also assign text to individual variables by clicking on their names in the Matlab toolbar. This allows you to create captions by adding a line of text to a variable.
You can also use a visual mode to determine how an equation changes when you alter the values within the equation. Using this mode, all inputs will appear as a multicolored rectangle with a black border. Once the formula is changed, all inputs will change to a different color. This feature is useful for viewing variable interactions between formulas.
Another feature of the Simulink code inspector is the ability to review the generated code with a link to the Matlab code editor. This is a useful tool for those who work with Matlab and are familiar with its design. This link lets you preview the code and ensure that you have the information necessary to make changes.
Both the Matlab and Simulink code editors let you save the work you have already completed. While this feature is not a necessity, many users find it beneficial.
Both the Matlab and Simulink code editors allow you to edit all portions of the code at any time. This means that you can make changes even after the code has been compiled and before it is run. However, Matlab supports saving and loading only selected portions of the code at a time.
Both the Matlab and Simulink code editors allow you to highlight selected lines of code. This feature is useful for reviewing the function and for generating complex expressions. These features are also useful for practicing equations.
Although Matlab offers more support for mathematical expressions than Simulink, both programs have a similar system for generating them. Matlab provides an on-screen calculator that contains a set of numeric keypads and a number pad that appear automatically when you enter numbers.
The Simulink code editor for Matlab is a rectangular box that contains all of the standard editor controls and functions of the Matlab editor. The Simulink code editor is available only if you are using the Simulink platform for your program.
Even though Matlab has many features that the Simulink code editor does not, the Matlab code editor provides a solid foundation for learning the use of Matlab. The Simulink code editor, however, provides much greater assistance for developing solutions for mathematics problems.