MATLAB Answers - strange behaviour

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bbb_bbb on 29 Dec 2018
Commented: John on 17 May 2019
filename='F:\__1\2\test files\file.bin';;
invoked from the Matlab Command Window - works,
running as a script - gives error:
"Static method or constructor invocations cannot be indexed.
Do not follow the call to the static method or constructor with any additional indexing or dot references.
Why is this so?


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Yair Altman
Yair Altman on 30 Dec 2018
With most Java methods, you can follow the method invocation parentheses with a dot, thereby chaining methods. For example: myJPanel.getComponent(0).getComponent(1).setVisible(false). However, such method chaining cannot be done with a constructor - it's valid syntax in Java, but Matlab's interpreter is not smart enough. In this case, simply separate the call into two parts:
filename='F:\__1\2\test files\file.bin';
jFile =;
success = jFile.delete;


John on 16 May 2019
So, the command line parser is different than the script parser? That is surprising.
Yair Altman
Yair Altman on 17 May 2019
as far as I am aware, the behavior is the same in this regards in both the command window and scripts - in both cases you cannot chain methods to a Java constructor call, only to other methods.
John on 17 May 2019
Nope, they are different. I just tested:
>> ls('D:\tmp')
>> filename = 'D:\temp\Figure1.JPG';
success =
Put those exact lines into a script? and get:
>> Untitled7
Error: Functions cannot be indexed using {} or . indexing.
Error in Untitled7 (line 2);
Conclusion: The parser in the command line, is different from the parser, that parses scripts... That's a bit of a surprise to me, but I'm not into the details of Matlab like you are.

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