"Eric Sampson" <ericDOTsampson@gmail.com> wrote in message news:firstname.lastname@example.org... > I posted the below on Answers but got no responses, perhaps the newsgroup > is a better forum to discuss this :) > --------- > > So I can't really recall ever creating a value class, all mine seem to be > handle classes. Is that the same as your experience? Unless I'm completely > missing something, using value classes seems to be a bit ungainly, because > you always have to do two steps like this: > > foo = MyValueClass(5); % sets a property 'val' > foo = foo.double(); > plot(foo.val);
Why does the DOUBLE method of the MyValueClass return an object instead of a double array?
> With a handle class, I'd just do this: > > foo = MyHandleClass(5); > plot(foo.double()); % double returns the new obj.val directly. > > Am I completely out to lunch with this understanding of value classes?
I suggest you read through this if you haven't already.
My mental model: if I want to use the object like a MATLAB array, I make it a value.
A = [1 2 3; 4 5 6]; C = A; b = sin(A);
If the object is a "pointer" or refers to something with physical meaning (where it doesn't make sense to "copy" it by doing assignment) I make it a handle.
fid = myFileObject('c:\temp\temp.txt'); % There is only one temp.txt file in c:\temp h = myCompositeGraphicsObject; % h is associated with an object on screen h2 = h % h2 and h both refer to the same object; there's no copying being done here
> As an aside, sometimes it seems like it would be nice to have the above > syntax of a handle class, but be able to make independent copies of a > given object like a value class... Anyone else think so?