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MATLAB Programming

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MATLAB is a programming language developed by MathWorks. It started out as a matrix programming language where linear algebra programming was simple. It can be run both under interactive sessions and as a batch job. Alternatives to MATLAB exist including open source software packages.


For the beginner just starting into MATLAB programming, a tutorial is available to write Hello World75%.svg. Once Hello World, which is the simplest of programs, works the beginner can move on to explore the MATLAB workspace50%.svg available for developing or running Matlab code.

Using the workspace the beginner can then learn to manipulate basic MATLAB Variables50%.svg. For convenience Matlab allows the workspace to be saved and loaded using *.mat files.75%.svg

Basic MATLAB Concepts[edit]

Variable Manipulation[edit]


Graphs and plots25%.svg[edit]

Using Handles25%.svg[edit]

What is a handle?
Figure handles
Axis handles
Other types of handles
Annotating Plots25%.svg

Graphical User Interface00%.svg[edit]

M-file Programming[edit]


Control Flow75%.svg[edit]

Error Messages75%.svg[edit]

Debugging M Files50%.svg[edit]

Advanced Topics[edit]

Numerical Manipulation00%.svg[edit]

Advanced I/O00%.svg[edit]

Object Oriented Programming00%.svg[edit]

Applications and Examples00%.svg[edit]

Toolboxes and Extensions00%.svg[edit]

Alternatives to MATLAB[edit]

Most MATLAB scripts and functions can be run in the open source program Octave. This program is freely available for most computing platforms. Also freely available is Julia language, and while it doesn't strive for full compatibility, see Julia for MATLAB Users.

Differences between Octave and MATLAB[edit]

The most important differences between Octave and MATLAB that anyone willing to use Octave instead of MATLAB should be aware of.


External links[edit]

Other Wikibooks[edit]

A number of other wikibooks use MATLAB to teach their subjects. The following wikibooks make use of MATLAB: