Ways to Build Apps
There are different ways to build MATLAB® apps:
Interactively, using App Designer
Programmatically, using MATLAB functions
Each of these approaches offers a different workflow and a slightly different set of functionality. The best choice for you depends on your project requirements and how you prefer to work.
Use App Designer
App Designer is a rich interactive environment introduced in R2016a, and it is the recommended environment for building apps in MATLAB. It includes a fully integrated version of the MATLAB editor. The layout and code views are tightly linked so that changes you make in one view immediately affect the other. A larger set of interactive components is available, including date picker, tree, and image. There are also features like a grid layout manager and automatic reflow options to make your app detect and adapt to changes in screen size. For more information, see Develop Apps Using App Designer.
Use MATLAB Functions to Create Apps Programmatically
You can also code the layout and behavior of your app entirely using MATLAB functions. In this approach, you create a figure to serve as the
container for your UI using either the
figure function. Then, you add components to it
programmatically. Each type of figure supports different components and properties.
uifigure function is the recommended function for building
new apps, because it creates a figure that is specifically configured for app
building. UI figures support the same types of modern graphics and interactive UI
components that App Designer supports. For more information, see Develop Apps Programmatically.